Allyson Whorton Varlas
Literacy Education M.A.
Allyson chose WVU Online because she wanted to enhance her knowledge of literacy and reading instruction, while still working full-time as a teacher. The opportunity to earn a higher degree online is what pulled her in.
"Assignments are given upfront, so you could work ahead of schedule. I can now graduate on time in the spring."
Allyson says that even though the program is all online, the assignments are often group assignments.
“Every course I have taken in the last year has had some sort of video chat, discussion board, or collaboration. It is also helpful that many of us follow the same path in the program, so many of us who started together will finish together.”
Allyson says the faculty in the Literacy Education program engage with their students on a weekly and sometimes daily basis through online video chats, phone calls, and they respond to emails quickly.
When grading assignments, they also leave feedback and comments on your work so you know what you did well on and what you may need to focus on more.
“WVU Online is easy to access and affordable. I have learned so much. You can balance your work, classes, and social life all at once when taking online courses.”