NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Teaching in a Virtual Environment

EDUC 600




Instructor: Judy Kvaale

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

Virtual schools and their success are increasingly reported in the news media. What is a virtual school? How is this form of learning different from online learning and in a traditional brick and mortar classroom? Certain challenges and rewards exist for the virtual school teacher. Are you considering applying for a virtual teaching position? Learn how your current classroom skills can transfer to the virtual realm and how to prepare. Assignments are geared toward developing a greater understanding of virtual education and the components within a virtual program that ensure the school and students success.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should be able to:

1.  Articulate the difference between a traditional, online, and virtual learning environment and the characteristics of each.

2.  Summarize what challenges face virtual school teachers in today‚Äôs society and how to address them.

3.  Read and reflect on current research in the virtual arena and be able to expound on current best practices.

4.  List and compare techniques and strategies to improve student achievement and engagement.

5.  Suggest avenues for professional and personal growth in the virtual and online environment.

6.  Justify why virtual/online teachers require particular resources for effective teaching and learning.

7.  Identify common myths and truths about virtual and online education.


The required text is:

Pallof, Rena and Keith Pratt (2007). Building Online Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons

About The Instructor

Judy Kvaale
Judy Kvaale

Judy Kvaale earned an M.S. in Elementary Education from Minot State University. Judy also earned a B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in reading. Judy has over 35 years of experience as a third grade teacher as well as experience instructing graduate classes and adult education. Judy also received the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month award.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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