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VirtualPOINT

To achieve success in an online learning environment, it is essential that appropriate planning and training take place. At Learning Point Associates, we have spent years conducting research on the very elements that lead to success for students, teachers, and school administrators.

The result of that research is VirtualPOINT, a suite of online offerings for schools to use as they evaluate or reevaluate their virtual offerings. The VirtualPOINT suite of courses are delivered online using an integrated learning system known as the Blackboard Enterprise System and incorporates the use of e-mail, file attachments, discussion forums, and weekly chat sessions. Participants can work anywhere, anytime, anyplace, with the ease of web access.

The online suite includes:

Instructional objectives for the VirtualPOINT courses are linked to the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for teachers (NETS-T) and for administrators (NETS-A). Instructional outcomes from the Student Online Support assessment and tutorials are correlated to the National Educational Technology Standards for students (NETS-S).

The VirtualPOINT suite of courses will help schools at all phases of the online education spectrum. We have built these hands-on courses to provide you with knowledge and strategies to lead you on the path of online learning success.

For more information on VirtualPoint call us at 800-252-0283, or contact us for an appointment.


Course: Learning Management I.
This course is designed with the administrator in mind and focuses on management, preparation, and planning. In this three week course, administrators will learn about the various decisions they will face as they manage virtual courses or programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the benefits of online learning and how they apply to your school.
  • Identify the technology and resources required to implement online learning in your school.
  • Describe the cost, funding, and budget implications of online learning.

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, Tech Coordinators

Course: Learning Management II.
This course builds on the knowledge acquired from Learning Management I and focuses on teacher preparation, evaluation, and assessment. This three week course also explores legal and ethical issues related to online learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Select and prepare teachers for online teaching.
  • Define evaluation and assessment methods for online learning.
  • Identify ethical and legal issues associated with online learning.

Audience: Superintendents, principals, teachers, and tech coordinators

Course: Teaching Facilitation
This course focuses on teacher development and preparation. Teachers will learn the skills necessary to successfully conduct an online course including the use of email, threaded discussions, and real-time conferencing. This six week course is essential to prepare teachers to meet content objectives, boost student success, and maintain student enrollment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify issues associated with the management of online classes.
  • Discuss strategies for integrating online and classroom instruction.
  • Create collaborative learning activities for students.
  • Discuss issues associated with online education such as accessibility, ethical, and legal issues.

Support Materials: The recommended textbook for this course is Ko., S., & Rossen, S. (2003) Teaching Online: A Practical Guide Houghton Mifflin. All other reading materials are provided online. Support materials include a course packet, instructor's handbook, and course log-on information.

Audience: Teachers, principals, and tech coordinators

Student Support Survey
Online courses are not for everyone. This survey will assess student awareness and preparation and will indicate the likelihood of success for students considering virtual courses. It will identify those students with a high probability for success, and for those students inclined to struggle.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify students who will have success in an online course.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations to improve likelihood of student success in a virtual classroom.

Audience: Students wanting to take advanced courses not offered at their school and students struggling in traditional instructional settings.

 



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