Virtual Learning Labs provide a great opportunity to provide engaging, online curriculum to your students.
The purpose of a Virtual Learning Lab (VLL) is to provide an interactive, engaging online course solution to a South Carolina middle or high schools. Courses offered by VirtualSC are aligned to South Carolina state standards and are taught by Highly Qualified educators who are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE). Virtual Learning Labs offer innovative learning solutions to your school, including the ability to provide your students courses that may not otherwise be offered to them due to staffing issues.
In a VLL, students work on a virtual course in a lab setting, while a course facilitator at the school monitors students and provides classroom management. Direct instruction is provided synchronously and/or asynchronously by the VirtualSC teacher in addition to the virtual course.
During the VLL, VirtualSC provides both curriculum and highly-qualified, state-certified teachers, plus support and training for the course facilitators and the school administrator overseeing the project. Your school provides the facilitator (does not need to be a certified instructor), computer lab, other technology requirements and a school administrator to oversee the project. All VLLs require a minimum of 20 students; the maximum number of students will depend on the course and teacher availability.
VLL projects will use the Double Robot in order to connect student and teacher. The use of the Double Robot was introduced to the Virtual Learning Lab project fall 2015 to offer a new and engaging form of live interaction between the VirtualSC teacher and the students in the classroom. Dacusville Middle School (Easley, SC) piloted the use of the DoubleRobot in 2015 to provide Keyboarding instruction to middle school students.
For more information about this exciting project, VirtualSC created a video documenting the use of the robots (see below).
VirtualSC will provide the following:
Hosted coursework, aligned with the state and national standards, with a Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle.
A Highly Qualified instructor licensed by the South Carolina Department of Education.
Synchronous instruction provided on an agreed upon schedule. Asynchronous communication with teacher within a 24 hour period.
Scheduled onsite visits by the VSC Instructor and an additional onsite visit(s) from a VirtualSC office team member.
Reporting and viewing of grades and contact logs through the SIS.
A final grade report/transcript through the SIS for each student enrolled in the course.
Onsite training for the lab facilitator and school level administrator prior to the start date of the course.
The Sponsor School will provide the following:
Sponsorship for the agreed-upon number of students to enroll and take the course through VSC following all program guidelines.
Assistance with the registration and enrollment of students for the course with VirtualSC through the SIS.
Parental permission for the students to participate in the course, and a written notification to parents once the course begins.
A lab facilitator to monitor student progress and provide technical assistance daily. Additional responsibilities for the lab facilitator are listed below.
A district level administrative contact and school level administrator to oversee the project, both of whom must be able to communicate with VSC staff on a regular basis and must have the authority to troubleshoot and make critical discretionary decisions regarding the course.
A venue during the first week of the course where the VSC teacher will conduct a live or virtual open house for students and parents. If an online open house is conducted, the VSC instructor will record the session for viewing at a later date in the event that someone misses it. However, the sponsor school is expected to publicize the open house and encourage student and parent attendance.
Satisfaction of all technology requirements for the course. A list of these requirements will be submitted to the school along with the agreement. These requirements may include, but are not limited to the following: computers, microphones, headsets, various software programs, access to required websites, reliable Internet connection, etc. A computer and telephone must be available in the lab classroom so that the VSC teacher and lab facilitator can communicate as needed during the course. Satisfaction of these technology requirements should be verified to the VSC at least one (1) week before the course begins.
Funding for each section of the course for the enrollment period. Payment must be received by VSC prior to the course beginning.
2019 VLL Course Catalog
Courses are subject to VirtualSC's faculty availability.
To learn more about starting a VLL, or for more specific information about some of the unique ways VLLs can meet your needs contact the VirtualSC Franchise Coordinator, Courtney Howard, firstname.lastname@example.org.