We believe that opportunities for learning in the 21st century are not limited by time, day, or location and can be dynamic and an increasingly individualized experience through integration of modern technology.
As part of the Digital Learning Initiative, Albemarle County Public Schools began a focused effort in 2012 to develop and administer virtual courses. The development process began with Economics and Personal Finance. Concurrently, during the Spring of 2013 ACPS developed Health I and II in a virtual format that was piloted over the summer and introduced to all students in the 2013-14 school year. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 school year, all students planning for the following school year could select from five virtual courses that now include Physical Education I and II, which was developed throughout 2014-15 and successfully piloted in the 2015 High School Summer Program. It is anticipated that almost 600 credits will be earned through ACPS virtual courses in 2015-16.
With every iteration of each virtual course student feedback was an important piece to ensure the student experience is of the highest quality and students are able to take advantage of the affordances that modern technology bring to a virtual learning experience.