Virginia College online division wins national recognition, helps with community projects

Dec 22, 2011

Virginia College's online division recently won an online teaching competition at the American Association for Paralegal Education's national conference in Baltimore, Md.

Paralegal Studies faculty members Laura Alfano and Kylie Wheelis showcased a week in an online course, competing against schools including George Washington University. The competition was sponsored by Pearson–Prentice Hall, a provider of educational resources.

The Virginia College team presented Week 1 from LGA1010 (Legal Terminology) which contains several technology tools that impressed the judges.

The judging rubric for the competition consists of the following four categories: meaningful technology tools are used to facilitate learning; course content is inviting and aesthetic; the course is user–friendly, well–organized, and easy to navigate; and, links to useful and helpful websites are provided.

In other news, various teams from the online division have recently undertaken community service projects:

The Birmingham–based admissions and financial planning departments worked in nearby Calera to help build a Habitat for Humanity house.

Tampa–based online team members volunteered at A.T. Jones Academy of Math, Science, and Technology for an "Enhanced Learning Day." The volunteers played learning games with students and assisted with other activities.

Members of the Academic Affairs team volunteered at Birmingham's McWane Science Center, helping students enjoy the Winter Wonderland exhibit other displays.