In 2004, SVETN launched Elite Learning, a program of asynchronous online courses in its fourteenth year serving the students of southwestern Virginia. Elite is an acronym for Experience Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. SVETN continues to serve the educational needs of learners in Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe Counties whose schools and colleges participate in Elite Learning.
Elite Learning classes are taught by a cadre of highly qualified teachers who have been trained to use online techniques and are engaged by SVETN on a part time, overload basis. They teach from their schools, offices, or homes—or anywhere a reliable Internet connection is available. Instructors are considered community college adjunct professors as they have met the teaching criteria established by the Virginia Community College System.
The courses offered by Elite Learning are dual-enrollment, meaning students receive both high school and college credit for the same coursework. Elite Learning provides SVETN member high schools with a selection of courses taught by college adjuncts who use an Internet based Learning Management System (LMS), called Moodle. Moodle supports a combination of rigorous collaborative and self-paced activities conducted at the learner’s computer. Classes are asynchronous. That is, students may proceed at their own speed, on their own time within a flexible calendar framework. Thus the scheduling of in-school work time also is conveniently flexible.