On September 21, 2012, the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network sponsored a workshop titled “Quality Matters in Teaching.” Elite Learning instructors as well as selected professors from UVA-Wise were in attendance. Charles Boling, the Coordinator
Library & Instructional Support Services for Virginia Highlands Community College, was the workshop presenter. This workshop familiarized the instructors with standards necessary for building and evaluating the design of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. The primary objective was to utilize these standards to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. This professional development was an effective way for instructors to perform a self-evaluation of their course design. Elite Learning instructors ended the day by creating a personal plan of action, which they will use to make changes to their courses.
Elite Learning will offer United States Government during the 2012-2013 school year. Few students have had an opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit for their Senior level government course. Elite Learning adopted this new course to the new curricular offerings. Amanda Robinson, a government instructor in Tazewell County Public Schools, will teach the course.
Throughout southwestern Virginia, high school students are participating in an increasing number of online courses. A variety of online curricular opportunities are available to academically advanced students in our region, including A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School, Virtual Virginia, and Elite Learning. Elite Learning was established eight years ago as a service of the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network (SVETN) consortium. Through Elite Learning, fourteen online courses are available to junior and senior students. Currently, twenty-one high schools participate in this program, including students from the counties of Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Dickenson, Scott, Wythe, Wise, and the City of Norton.
Dylan Reynolds graduated from Abingdon High School in May 2012. During his senior year he completed three Elite Learning courses including United States History, Civil War & Reconstruction/America in the Gilded Age and Sociology. These courses allowed Dylan to earn a total of 15 college credits at Virginia Highlands Community College, the college he will attend during the upcoming school year. The Elite Learning courses gave him a head start on his college career.