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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 Counseling and Accessibility immediately .

Students can learn more about on-campus services by visiting Counseling and Accessibility Services 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.
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAdministration and Support for WVSU Online
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.
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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 COL at (304) 766-3300 to make an appointment for use.

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 COL 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,  and mini-workshops developed by experienced online faculty.
 
The Center also offers instructional design services to faculty.  Working with faculty, the COL can assist with and provide ideas regarding instructional design, material development, assessment alignment, etc.  
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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN MANAGEMENT

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management degree program from West Virginia State University teaches students the skills required for leadership positions in today’s business world. The curriculum explores key business topic areas like accounting, finance, marketing and information systems. Develop your skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving and quantitative analysis. Through our specialized management coursework, you will also get an in-depth look at management principles and theories that prepare you for success in a variety of roles. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ACCOUNTING

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting degree program from West Virginia State University focuses on fundamental theories and concepts in the fields of business administration and accounting. The specialized accounting curriculum features coursework that provides students with the tools and competencies required for effective problem solving and decision making in accounting careers. With this degree, you will learn to think critically about relevant business topics and communicate effectively in the modern workplace. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program from West Virginia State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the modern criminal justice system and its relationship with society. The curriculum is informed by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and coursework features an in-depth study of the perpetrators and causes of crime from a theoretical and practical framework. Graduates of this program have a knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural, racial and gender issues within the criminal justice system and are prepared for careers as responsible criminal justice professionals.

ENGLISH

The fully online Bachelor of Arts in English – Technical Writing degree program from West Virginia State University focuses on preparing students with the knowledge and experience to succeed in many writing and communications careers. As a student, you will learn to prepare reports, technical documents and correspondence while emphasizing a functional approach to the intersection of business and technical writing. Learn to apply digital literacies and manage project production while engaging in technical tasks like copy editing and information design. Graduates of this program are proficient in analytical thinking, critical reading and a variety of writing modes. This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

HEALTH SCIENCES

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program from West Virginia State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between social factors and health. Through coursework in statistics, nutrition, sociology, health assessment and more, students learn to apply relevant theories and develop education programs that address the health needs of target populations. This program is accredited by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and prepares graduates for careers in health education and other health-related fields.

REGENTS BACHELOR OF ARTS

The fully online Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program from West Virginia State University is designed for adult learners who have been out of high school for at least four years. It prepares students to advance their career with the added credential of a bachelor’s degree. The flexible RBA program allows students to earn college equivalent credit (CEC) for work experience as well as earning credit through coursework in the traditional way. Because the program is fully online, students can maintain work and personal commitments while earning their degree.

Through the Work and Life Experience Portfolio, students demonstrate mastery of the RBA degree outcomes and highlight their experience. Graduates of this program are proficient in critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communication, goal setting and computer skills.

M. ED. IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP

The fully online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree program from West Virginia State University creates opportunities for classroom teachers to expand their skills and advance into administrative positions. The curriculum is focused on the exploration and application of new techniques and concepts, helping instructional leaders create pathways to success for students and staff members. Coursework emphasizes social justice, fairness and equity and is grounded in research findings.

This degree is divided into two stream options: a Licensure Option for candidates who are entering the program already holding a master’s degree and a Master’s Degree Option for candidates who are seeking a master’s degree in addition to the application for administrative licensure. Each stream begins with foundational courses and progresses to more advanced topics that impact the content and skills necessary for success. This program also provides an opportunity for administrative licensure upon completion of requirements of the West Virginia Department of Education.

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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 and to keep your computer's software current for your online classes.
  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.  When reviewing your schedule of online courses, please take note of the actual start dates. Some online courses follow the regular 16-week semester, but many online courses are 8-week courses. To accommodate those courses, the semester is split into Term A and Term B. Please check the class schedule to verify the start date of your online courses.
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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 janedoe@wvstateu.edu, 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.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowProctoring Information

West Virginia State University’s proctoring policy for students taking a 100% online course allows the following three options:

  1. On-campus proctoring
     
    • The professor may decide to proctor an exam at a time, date, and location specified in the course schedule. If you are able to come to campus to take the exam, then this should be your preferred proctoring method.
       
    • If the date and time on the schedule is not possible, you may alternatively schedule an appointment for proctoring by calling the Center for Online Learning (COL) at 304-766-3300. The COL is open from Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on some evenings. You must make an appointment at least two weeks in advance to allow the proctor time to communicate with the professor about how to administer the test. Make sure that you schedule a start time to allow you sufficient time to finish the exam before the center closes.
       
    • Students with documented disabilities may also choose to schedule proctoring of their test by contacting sar@wvstateu.edu at Counseling and Accessiblity Services. Appointments must be scheduled two weeks prior to the test date.
       
    • The Military Student Services office (militarystudentservices@wvstateu.edu) has personnel assigned who have agreed to proctor tests for military students and veterans by appointment. Appointments must be scheduled two weeks prior to the test date.
       
  2. Off-campus proctoring

    If you have extenuating circumstances or are outside our service area, you may request a proctor from outside WVSU from the list below. Please note that a family member or friend cannot be an approved proctor. The request for an outside proctor must be submitted to the professor, three weeks prior to the test. Any outside proctor must be approved by the professor in advance and must agree to administer the test following the professor’s instructions.

    Proctors may be selected from the following groups:
     

    Off-Campus Proctor Approval Form

    1. A vocational rehabilitation counselor
       
    2. A faculty member or administrator at an accredited college or university
       
    3. A school superintendent, principal, or counselor
       
    4. A librarian at a public library
       
    5. A clergy member
       
    6. A commissioned or non-commissioned officer of higher rank than the student for military students
       
    7. A corporate education director
       
  3. On-line proctoring

    WVSU has chosen ProctorU to provide online proctoring services for all online courses. With ProctorU, you may take your test at any time during the date range that the test is open from any computer.

    Test-takers are responsible for meeting the following technical requirements in order to use ProctorU:
     
    • A reliable computer running Windows XP (or higher) or Mac OS X 10 or higher
       
    • A web cam with 640x480 video pixel resolution or higher.
       
    • Headphones or working speakers connected to the computer.
       
    • A working microphone connected to the computer. We recommend a web cam that has a built in microphone.
       
    • A web browser with Adobe Flash Player installed.
       
    • A reliable, high-speed Internet connection.
       
    • The ability to allow video and screen-sharing connections to the computer used to take an exam.
       

ProctorU allows test-takers to take an exam on demand or by appointment. All appointments should be made at least three days in advance. To make an appointment, go to  the WVSU portal for ProctorU, log in (or click on the New User link if you do not have an account yet), click on the “schedule an exam” link, and select the exam, date, and time you desire. You will receive an email confirming your reservation at the email address you provided to ProctorU. All appointments should be made at least three days in advance in order to avoid premium scheduling charges. See the chart below for ProctorU pricing.

Proctor U Pricing

WVSU is not responsible for making any payments to ProctorU. Payment of all proctoring fees will be the obligation of the individual examinee. Any charges applicable to the examinee must be paid with a credit or debit card. The examinee will be required to enter payment information into a secure page connected to a third-party card processor. The page is encrypted and ProctorU does not see or store the credit card data. Examinees will have to re-enter payment information each time new charges are incurred.

Exam Length Flex Scheduling Take it Soon Take it Now
30 Minutes or Less $ 8.75 $ 13.75 $ 17.50
31 – 60 Minutes $ 17.50 $ 22.50 $ 26.25
61 – 120 Minutes $ 25.00 $ 30.00 $ 33.75
121 – 180 Minutes

$ 33.75

$ 38.75

$ 42.50

181 Minutes or More $ 42.50 $ 47.50 $ 51.25

Optional Fees:

Flex Scheduling allows an examinee to make an appointment at least 72 hours before the desired start time. However, at an additional cost, an examinee may choose Take it Soon or Take it Now options (+$5.00 and +$8.75 respectively). Take it Soon allows a test to be scheduled within 72 hours of the chosen start time; Take it Now allows a test to be taken on-demand with no appointment needed. These options are for the convenience of the examinee and are not required.

For more information about ProctorU, visit the WVSU portal for ProctorU.

Student using a laptop

WVSU Online
WVSU Online Help Desk

Dr. Thomas Kiddie
Director
Center for Online Learning
227 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3170
tkiddie@wvstateu.edu

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 col@wvstateu.edu, or by calling (304) 766-3300. 




 
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