“I had the flexibility of working from home, while still being able to actively engage with faculty and peers.”
“While engaging in the coursework, I realized that I have a passion for teaching reading,” Brandy says.
“The 100% online curriculum, along with my previous positive experiences with the faculty, prompted me to enroll in the Literacy Education program. Now, after 17 years as a preschool teacher, I am starting a new position as a Reading Specialist, and I am so excited to start this new adventure!”
Brandy was able to connect with her peers and the faculty in her courses through a variety of technology tools, including discussion boards, asynchronous video and audio discussions, and synchronous small group meetings.
She says it is important for students taking online classes to feel comfortable using the course tools.
“I would also tell them to be sure that they understand the expectations for the course. If not, be sure to reach out!”
1. Biggest Challenge
The biggest challenge for me at times was balancing home, work, and school. My husband and son were very supportive here!
2. Things She Didn’t Expect
I came into my first online course expecting to engage in mostly independent work, but I was surprised to find that the coursework was very social in nature. Although I completed individual assignments and readings, collaboration and group discussions were the norm.
3. How Online Learning Prepared Her for the Future
Online learning requires you to manage your time well and stay self-motivated. These skills will serve anyone well in the workforce and in life!
4. Her “Big Three” Things Learned from Online Classes
Ability to give constructive feedback to peers, analyzing and reflecting on my teaching, and presentation skills.
5. WVU Campus Resources She Found Helpful
I utilized the library’s online resources regularly.
6. Most Memorable Online Class Experience
The most memorable part of my online class experience was the intervention practicum. I was able to complete this after the workday in the school where I teach and stretch my skills by working with students older than those in my current classroom. This is also where I really got to know my peers in the course as well, as we shared and gave feedback on lesson plans and videos of our teaching.
7. One Word to Describe Her Degree Program
Supportive – The faculty were all committed to students’ success and always available.
8. One Word to Describe WVU Online
Flexible – WVU Online made it possible for me to complete my degree while working full-time.