Pamela Hoppe Ice, coordinator of the West Virginia Virtual School, and Bruce Cole, an instructional technologist, received the award for their development of an online tutorial that helps teachers mentor students taking courses online. The tutorial was created to educate county and school virtual school contacts about the West Virginia Virtual School and its procedures.
Since the creation of the West Virginia Virtual School, virtual school contacts have been required to attend face-to-face staff development sessions. These training sessions required that people travel either to Charleston or other sites around the state at significant cost to the West Virginia Virtual School.
In 2006, the cost of training 83 virtual school contacts was $22,368. So far this year, 98 virtual school contacts have been trained at a cost of only $392.
Now, each county or school virtual school contact is given a login to the tutorial, which can be completed at any time from any computer with Internet access.
After completion of the tutorial and the mock registration assessment at the end, the contacts are given their user information necessary to approve online registrations for their school. The tutorial is then available to them for future reference at any time.
The online information can be quickly updated to remain current.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.