CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., March 13, 2013 — VSCHOOLZ, Inc. announced today that they are partnering with Indian River State College, a national award-winning leader in technology programs.
“As education transitions from traditional classrooms to virtual learning environments, it is imperative for teachers to learn new skills, and become adept in the use of new technologies and associated pedagogy if they are to effectively engage today’s students,” said Dr. Marta Cronin, Director of the School of Education, Indian River State College.
These new courses have been built using the best instructional design practices identified by Quality Matters and iNACOL, the International Association for Online Learning. Teachers can select from state approved college credit courses or take individual modules of instruction. Virtual cohorts begin every Monday providing teachers with real life experience of what flexible, self-paced digital learning is all about. They will use a wide variety of web-based tools and resources, the ultimate goal being that teachers will be able to transfer this new knowledge to practical applications in their classroom.
“The VSCHOOLZ team is proud to partner with Indian River State College to bring the Virtual Teacher Academy (VTA) to educators,” said Trina Trimm Angelone, C.O.O. at VSCHOOLZ. “Whether in a virtual or blended classroom environment, the ability for teachers to reach students through web-based and online connected communities is powerful. By participating in these online cohorts designed to model the teaching and learning process in the digital age, teachers inside the VSCHOOLZ platform will learn practical skills, use multiple content sources including content aligned to common core standards, and learn how to manage and customize digital assets using an instructional design center.”
About Indian River State College
Indian River State College has earned a statewide and national reputation for excellence. Dedicated to the success of each student, IRSC offers over 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. For 50 years IRSC has responded to community needs by advancing education, culture, career training, workforce, and economic development. IRSC is recognized as a key partner in the continuing development of the Research Coast region and as a national model for innovative use of technology in education.
Combining quality and affordability, IRSC is ranked in the top 10 of public regional colleges in the South by US News & World Report and as the 5th Most Affordable College in the country by the US Department of Education.
About VSCHOOLZ, Inc.
VSCHOOLZ was founded by a team of educators and educational technology experts to provide e-learning solutions for schools or districts that want to support a blended digital learning environment in traditional schools or that want to launch their own virtual programs. As a member of the H. Education family, a H. Wayne Huizenga Holdings company, VSCHOOLZ prides itself as delivering high quality services for schools and districts as they transition into providing twenty-first century digital education for all students.
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