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Center for Online Learning

The mission of the Center for Online Learning (COL) at West Virginia State University (WVSU) is to assist faculty members to use educational technologies that help support their teaching and enhance the learning and retention of their students. The strategic functions and key operational focus of the Center, derived from its mission, include the following four primary focus areas:

  1. Administering and managing the University learning management system, WVSU Online, and providing technical training and support to faculty and students;
  2. Providing training and support in effective design and delivery of online courses as well as promoting the best-practices in these areas:
  3. Promoting and facilitating the implementation of quality standards for online courses at the University and assisting the faculty in conducting self-reviews of online courses; and
  4. Reviewing and reporting on developments in educational technology.
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West Virginia State University prides itself on its numerous efforts to make the campus as accessible as possible.  If you have a documented disability or would like assistance in determining if you have a disability, please contact the Disability Services Office immediately and print a copy of the Disability Services Handbook 

Students can learn more about on-campus services by visiting the Disability Services Office in Sullivan Hall or by clicking here.

WVSU Online is powered by the open-source platform, Moodle.  The Moodle Community strives to provide persons with disabilities equivalent access to content and features. Our vendor's quality assurance and accessibility working group evaluates new and substantially revised tools when new versions of Moodle are introduced. More about Moodle accessibility can be found here.
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One of the primary functions of the Center involves the administration of the University’s current learning management system (LMS).  During the Summer 2016 semester, WVSU transitioned from its old Sakai platform to a new virtual learning environment, which is powered by the open-source learning management system Moodle.  The system is managed by the Center’s staff and is hosted externally by The Learning House, who provides 24/7 server administration and maintenance at its state of the art data center.
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As technology changes rapidly, knowing which software or hardware to use in a course can be overwhelming.  To aid faculty and to determine what works and what doesn’t the Center systematically researches instructional technology trends, advances, best practices, and lessons learned as shared by the higher education community. The Center also reviews new software and hardware for their application in the online classroom.  This allows the Center to report on what works to faculty and provide guidance in the areas of instructional design and online teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my User ID and password?
Your user ID is everything before the @ sign in your WVSU email address.  So, if your email id is, your user ID is janedoe. Please keep in mind that your log in information is the same as for your email and MyState (if you are not using your A-number to sign in), so if you change your password there, it will change for WVSU Online as well.  If you are still experiencing trouble logging in to WVSU Online, please contact the COL Help Desk or call us at (304) 766-3300.
I don't know what my WVSU email address is.
When you first register at WVSU, you are given an A-number and a password.  You can use this information to access your MyState page, where you register for courses, review class grades, etc.  On the MyState page there is a tab called Personal Information.  Click on this tab and you can then choose to view your email address and update your personal information. If you wish or need to change your password, go to the password reset utility.
I can log in to WVSU Online, but I cannot see my course.
There are a few reasons why this might occur:
  • Courses are unpublished to students until the beginning of the semester.  This means that even though you may be enrolled in a course, you may not be able to view it in WVSU Online until the day the semester starts.  If the semester has started and you still cannot view your course, please continue reading.
  • You are no longer registered for the course.  Prior to submitting a help request to the Center, check your MyState page to ensure that you are still enrolled in the course.  If you find that you are no longer enrolled in your course, contact either the Cashier's Office at (304) 766-3141 or the Registration Office at (304) 766-4146 to determine why you were dropped from the course.  Once you are re-enrolled, you will be added back into the course within a 24 hours in most cases.
  • If neither of these possibilities apply to you, please contact the COL Help Desk or call us at (304) 766-3300.
What do the different Web designations mean?
When you look at the course schedule many courses may have a web tag associated with them (i.e., Web-30, Web-50, Web-80, or Web-100).  The word "Web" means that the course has a web component, the number (30, 50, etc.) denotes the amount of work done via the web.  Specifically,
  • Web-30 means that the course is primarily F2F, but there may be a few alternative class sessions where you do web assignments online instead of meeting F2F.  You may also be asked to complete assignments and tests online.
  • Web-50 means that the course is half F2F and half online.  The breakdown of course work and assignments between the F2F and online components is determined by the instructor.
  • Web-80 means that the course is primarily online, but may have 1-4 F2F sessions. 
  • Web-100 means that the course is completely online and no F2F sessions are required.
  • Web-100 with a -OL following the title of the course indicates that this is an 8-week course that is officially part of a fully-online program.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowInstructional Design: Training and Support
The Center also offers training on course setup and use of WVSU Online both in large group and one-on-one sessions at the Faculty Training Lab in Wallace 222.  The Faculty Training Lab is also open for drop-ins at assigned times during the week.  Faculty can check the lab schedule and sign-up for training sessions. In addition, access to self-paced online training tutorials for certain supported software for faculty can be arranged as needed.

The Center also houses an e-Learning Multimedia Development station (located in Wallace 227) that includes professional video and audio editing programs that faculty can use to either develop a special media project or hone media development skills under the guidance of COL staff.  Call the Center at (304) 766-3300 to make an appointment for use.

The Center also has available to faculty a Media Server that faculty can use to store videos and stream them to their online courses. Contact the COL for more information.
Additionally, the Center provides training on the effective design and delivery of online courses. Topics include dealing with the pedagogical considerations and management of online courses.  To that end, the Center provides a variety of training opportunities, including training workshops conducted by the Online Learning Consortium (a nationally recognized leader in online teaching and design practices); in-house training developed by the Center, and mini-workshops developed by experienced online faculty.
The Center also offers instructional design services to faculty.  Working with faculty, the Center can assist with and provide ideas regarding instructional design, material development, assessment alignment, etc.  


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Student Resources

Online courses and blended courses require additional initiative on the part of the student. First, a student must be prepared to allot the needed time and effort by developing a schedule for their work.  Study skills are vital and awareness of help options is vital to successful completion of online courses. The links below provide some valuable information for online students that might help. 
It is also very important that your equipment be up-to-date so that the courses you are taking and the information provided by your instructors can be viewed as it is designed.  We've provided some links to help you verify your computer's operability. 
Some courses require proctored testing and/or the use of the Respondus lockdown browser.  Student may find the following links helpful:
To access your courses or additional information about WVSU's Learning Management System, please use the link below.  Here you will find additional information that is more specific to Moodle, the Learning Management System used at WVSU.  You will find additional information there concerning Distance Education efforts and Student Services available to our online student population, such as online test proctoring, online tutoring services, and library services for distance learners. 
Student using a laptop

WVSU Online
WVSU Online Help Desk

Dr. Thomas Kiddie
Center for Online Learning
227 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3170

Technical support for WVSU Online (MOODLE) can be obtained at the Center's Help Desk. Help is also available in Wallace 222, Mon-Fri from 8:30 - 5:00 pm, via email, or by calling (304) 766-3300. 

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