Superintendent's Memo #294-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 10, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Professional Development for Online Teachers

Through the recent Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grants, WHRO's Consortium for Interactive Instruction developed the 60-hour professional development online course Online Teaching Methodology located at http://www.whro.com/home/education/cii/professdevelop/fullcourselistings/instructionalstrategies.htm#AKINST500. The course is being provided at no cost to Virginia educators.

This course is designed to provide training to those who wish to serve as online instructors or course developers for online learning. The experience of many online schools has shown online instructors need a special set of skills to be effective and developers of online courses need a deep understanding of those same skills.

If you have questions about the course, please contact Cheri Kelleher, program coordinator for Virtual Virginia, at (804)786-9281 or via e-mail at cheri.kelleher@doe.virginia.gov.

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