As a small two-year college, we knew we needed to make changes to what we were doing in the area of online education, but we were not sure where to start, and we were not sure we could get everyone on board. Virtical Education was able to meet with us and guide us through their comprehensive system of reviewing, reporting and re-training. We started with an audit to find out exactly where we were in the area of online education compliance and quality. Once we understood where we were, they helped us move to where we needed to be through a series of key meetings with administrators and extensive training of our faculty. We were so pleased with the results we have requested a Phase 2 that will help us with our commitment to continuous improvement in online education.
First, let me say that I am grateful that you have provided this thorough training for its online instructors. The content was very helpful, detailed and explained the new procedures very well. It is also very helpful for students to see consistency among their online classes to help eliminate confusion and foster a successful learning environment.
I have been an adjunct instructor for more than a decade. During this time, I've witnessed incredible growth in online teaching and learning resources. Admittedly I have made minimal use of all the "bells & whistles," but this training module has opened up some doors and broadened my perspective. Additionally, this training has given me the tools to improve myself as an instructor.
The format that links all of the materials and activities together for that week is very student friendly. Students taking online classes should not have to spend their time and effort trying to figure out what to do or where to find information. With this format, their attention will be on the content and on developing their skills.
This is excellent information for setting up online courses. I think it will help students if all courses follow this format. Thank you for organizing this information. This is a great resource for all instructors and especially good for new instructors.