On Tuesday October 16th our site was closed by our district. We are moving our students toward a Virtual High School. I have had some experience in teaching virtually but I am looking to see if anyone has any pointers. We are launching the V.H.S. Monday October 29th. It has been an emotional roller coaster for the students and our teaching staff. Anything will help as we make this transition.
Hi Dan, I am not sure what you need help with...designing a course, communicating with students, or technical backbones of course implimentation? Many of us students here at Boise teach virtually already. What advice would you like?
Honestly any tips or links to tools will help. My of the staff have never taught in a virtual environment and I am trying to help save their sanity. I taught one year virtually but it was only basic and I want to set it up this time around.
Hi Dan, I'd be happy to share my experiences in virtual education. I've been with a K-12 virtual charter school for 5 years and we've had many ups and downs. If you want to send me an email, we can chat. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am in Alberta in Canada, but online is online. A group of jurisdictions up here put together this website Teachanyware as a way of amassing resources and PD for teaching online.
The program refers to Alberta Education curriclum packages, which you would'nt have access to, but all the teaching tips etc will be helpful, and you will see lots of examples of what courseware can look like.
Hope this helps.
I have been involved with Virtual High School, now The VHS collaborative, for the past 5 years as an online instructor, course developer, and now faculty advisor. Happy to chat about my experiences and lend any support I can.
Best of luck!
If we could get together via Google+ or some form of chat to talk I would be grateful. This has challenged me almost to the breaking point.
Hang in there. I do not teach in a total virtual environment, but I have instituted the use of Google services and Moodle in my class this year. It will take some time for teachers and students to grasp everything, but in the end, they will all be better for it.