Vijay Raol

PhD in Instructional Design and Technology

“I found the instructors to be very responsive and the coursework was rigorous and of high quality.”

Vijay with his family.
Vijay with his dog.
Vijay with his daughter at Cooper's Rock.
Vijay with his daughter at school.


I liked the IDT major because it has a rich mix of content from areas of instruction, technology and design, all of which gave me an opportunity to learn and apply skills that are relevant to my career and personal interests,” Vijay says.

Vijay found the coursework, although online, extremely engaging and interactive.

“I had opportunities to work with other peers in various courses, and the Graduate Studies Office also arranged several activities to promote teamwork and opportunity for graduate students. I was thrilled!”

He says he never felt any concern about the quality of the courses and that WVU has many resources for students, including amazing access to the online library.

“WVU online is not just a set of online courses like many others that are offered. These are actual, faculty-driven, rigorous and quality courses that allow for the flexibility, but do not compromise in quality of student experience.”

1. Biggest Challenge
Time management is extremely important. We cannot assume that an online course will be any less rigorous than a regular course.

2. How Online Learning Prepared Him for the Future
The experience was enriching and working with well-trained faculty allowed me to experience several different strategies for online course delivery and assessment.

3. His “Big Three” Things Learned from Online Classes
Time management, research ability, and self-discipline.

4. WVU Campus Resources He Found Helpful
The WVU Libraries and the Graduate Student Office.

5. Things He Didn’t Expect
The quality of the coursework, especially the expected rigor, access to instructors and resources, and good course design.

6. Most Memorable Online Class Experience
As a faculty in higher education myself, my experience with WVU Online courses convinced me that a very high-quality education can be offered in an online format. One thing that sticks with me is how accessible my instructors were when I needed assistance. It did not feel any different from being in a physical classroom.

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8. One Word to Describe WVU Online