Professional and Personalized e-Learning for Educators
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may register for and complete eLearning for Educators' courses?
Course participants may be teachers, administrators, counselors, school nurses and individuals seeking paraprofessional certification who are currently employed in a public or non-public schools in West Virginia. West Virginia residents who have held or hold West Virginia educator or school nurse certification may register and complete courses.
NOTICE: To complete an ECCAT course assignments there is a requirement that all ECCAT course participants be in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom for a minimum of 4 hours per week for each of the 15 weeks the ECCAT course is in session. ECCATs may enroll for one course per 15 -week session.
How many online courses can I take?
Teacher educators may enroll for a maximum of two-seven week courses per session. Registrations for more than two courses will be cancelled. It is recommended that participants register for one course per session as each course requires 6.5-7 hours of online/offline work in addition to the time it takes to develop course session projects for each of the seven course sessions.
ECCATs may enroll for one course per 15 -week session.
May individuals seeking paraprofessional certification enroll in eLearning for Educators' courses?
All paraprofessionals must submit proof of passing the West Virginia State Competency Exam for Classroom Aides to the WVLearns project coordinator, Donna Landin, prior to registering for a course. Official documentation must be provided by the personnel director or the local certification officer on official county letterhead stating that the participant has passed the West Virginia State Competency Exam for Classroom Aides. All enrollees participating in eLearning courses must be pursuing West Virginia paraprofessional certification.
How long will teacher/educator courses last?
Courses will last 7 weeks. Each session begins at 12:00 A.M. on Wednesday and each session ends at 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday.
How long will ECCAT courses last?
Courses will last 15 weeks. Each session begins at 12:00 A.M. on Wednesday and each session ends at 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday.
How many sessions constitute a teacher/educator course?
Each course is comprised of 7 one-week sessions. Participants will complete a specific set of readings, activities and discussions every week. Projects will be developed throughout the course and submitted throughout the course session.
How much time is required to complete a 7-week course?
Participants are expected to spend 6.5-7 hours of online/offline work per each of the course sessions. Course projects may add addition time required each week the course is in session.
Will I have access to my WVLearns courses if I am traveling outside of the United States while a course is in session?
Travel within North America will not be a problem. Most other countries are blocked and participants will not be able to access WVLearns from those countries.
Are there specific sessions when courses should be completed?
If during a given session you are traveling outside of North or South America, taking a cruise or a trip where you will not have Internet access for more than three days, then you should consider taking a course/courses during a different session.
Summer sessions are scheduled to end before June 30. A second summer session, after June 30, for the purpose of participant recertification will not be scheduled as transcripts can not be available priot to participants returning to school for the Fall semester. Participants seeking recertification should plan to complete coursework prior to the Summer session immediately before their certification expires.
What universities will provide graduate credit?
Concord University (CU), MU, WVU and West Virginia State University (WVSU) will provide non-degree graduate credit for the WV e-Learning for Educator's courses. You need not be registered as a student completing a degree with WVU, MU, WVSU or CU.
When do I register and pay for non-degree course credit?
All information regarding course credit registration and payment will become available on the opening day of the course session. All information regarding registration forms, payment, dates by which registration and payment must be received by the university and the request of course transcripts will be available on the course News page on the day the course opens.
How many non-degree graduate credit hours can be earned per successful, course completion?
3 hours of non-degree graduate credit hours may be awarded per successful course completion for participants who complete registration with a selected university and make payment by the established deadline posted to the course News.
What is the cost of graduate credit per course?
Cost of non-degree graduate credit is $141 per course from MU, $216 from WVU, $99 from CU and $95 from WVSU. If you desire non-degree graduate credit from WVU, MU, CU or WVSU, it is your responsibility to inform the course facilitator, register for the course with WVU, MU, CU or WVSU, pay for the course during the time frame allotted for registration and payment and apply for a transcript after successful completion of the course. If you omit any of these steps, you will not receive university credit for the course. Registration and payment for course credit will not be accepted after the date provided in the course News has passed. Questions regarding course registration and payment must be submitted one week prior to the deadline provided for registration/payment submission as stated in the course News.
May the WV e-Learning courses apply toward recertification and/or advance salary classification?
You may submit WVLearns certificates of course completion to satisfy renewal credits.
You must apply for non-degree graduate credit as you will submit official transcripts from a university of your coursework to the WVDE Office of Educator Licensure for advanced salary classification. Registration and payment to WVU, MU, CU or WVSU is required, if you are taking the course for recertification and/or for salary advancement.
When do I submit paperwork for graduate credit?
The workshop Welcome Page will provide links to forms and instructions to be followed to be completed if you wish to apply for non-degree graduate credit. The course Welcome News page will be available on the opening day of your workshop. If you desire non-degree graduate credit toward salary reclassification from WVU, MU, WVSU or CU, it is your responsibility to inform the course facilitator, register for the course with WVU, MU WVSU or CU, pay for the course during the time frame allotted for registration and payment and apply for a transcript after successful completion of the course. If you omit any of these steps, you will not receive university credit for the course. Registration and payment for course credit will not be accepted after the date provided in the course News has passed.Questions regarding course registration and payment must be submitted one week prior to the deadline provided for registration/payment submission as stated in the course News.
WVU, MU, WVSU and CU have agreed to award three hours of non-degree graduate credit for course completion. Three hours of non-degree credit will be awarded for a minimum of 45 hours of coursework.
May WV e-Learning for Educators courses be used for continuing education hours/credit?
Seek permission from your county school system prior to the opening day of selected courses.
Is a k12.wv.us account required for WV e-Learning for Educators courses?
Yes, we require a k12.wv.us or a county schools account, if you are a public school employee. If you do not qualify for a k12.wv.us or a county schools e-mail account, then refer to instruction on the Welcome page.
Are educators from private/parochial schools in West Virginia permitted to register for the WV e-Learning for Educators courses?
Are the WV e-Learning courses delivered on the Internet?
All WV e-Learning for Educators courses are delivered via the Internet. Course activity will occur online. Participants may access the course(s) and complete assignments at any time during the day or night.
Will WV e-Learning course participants receive grades upon the completion of courses?
A grade book is kept for all workshop sessions. Grades of C (Complete), I (Incomplete), and N (Not Complete) are awarded for each sessions based upon course participation and assignment completion. Non-degree graduate credit will be awarded to participants who complete all course requirements according to course expectations. All work associated with the course for which participants are enrolled is to be work specific to the current session for which they are enrolled. Course work created for another course or a previous session of the course for which a participant is enrolled may not be resubmitted. Non-degree graduate credit will not be awarded twice for the same course. A certificate of completion will be awarded to all participants who complete all course requirements.
Is online learning as good as face-to-face learning?
Most research studies on e-learning are based on higher education courses, with impact on learning measured by tests and grades (Phillips and Merisotis, 1999). The most common result of this research is to find no significant differences between student learning in face-to-face and online courses, and to find that those who take online versions of courses are as satisfied with the experience as those who attended classes (Russell, 1999). However, in some studies, such as Koory's (2003) comparison of an Introduction to Shakespeare course delivered online and face-to-face, and Harlen & Altobello's (2003) comparison of an online and face-to-face science education course, the results showed better learning outcomes online.
Survey data from participants in many online professional development programs show that when online courses are well-designed and implemented, participants report them to be valuable and enjoyable learning experiences that impact both knowledge and professional practice. For example, survey data from participants in online workshops about integrating technology into classroom practices provided by the EdTech Leaders Online program show that: 92% said they benefited from and enjoyed learning online and would be interested in online learning in the future; 91% reported increased understanding of how to use technology to support the curriculum; and 93% reported they used things they learned in the workshop in their work (Sucher and Engel, 2003). Similarly, an evaluation report of the Florida Online Reading Professional Development program found that over 90% of participants indicated that the program contributed to their knowledge of effective reading theory, research, and instructional practice, and over 87% indicated they would make changes to their classroom reading instruction as a result of the program (ITRC, 2001).
The e-Learning for Educator's initiative involves conducting two research studies- one that includes 4th and 5th grade teachers and one that includes 7th and 8th grade teachers. Both studies focus on mathematics and English language arts. The studies are designed to evaluate the impact of online professional development on teacher knowledge, teacher practices, and, most importantly, student achievement. The Technology Assessment Study Collaborative (inTASC) at Boston College will be conducting the two studies. Additional information can be accessed from Boston College's e-Learning for Educators.
How do I know if I will be a successful online professional learning participant?
The following assessments have been designed to determine your level of comfort regarding online professional learning:
Self-Evaluation for Potential Online Students (the correct link appears below), Illinois Online Network This short, twelve-question tutorial helps you determine how ready you are for an online course. http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/selfEval.asp
What are the benefits to taking a WV e-Learning for Educator’s course?
e-Learning for Educators is Web-based professional learning that targets improved teacher content knowledge, improved teaching practices and increased student achievement.