About the Virtual Learning Program:

WJCC offers a number of courses online for initial credit, remediation, and credit recovery. All online courses are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning and are facilitated by a highly qualified, licensed teacher.

Online learning provides students with greater  flexibility of learning according to:

  • Location – where learning takes place and where the student and teacher are located
  • Time – when the learning takes place and how long a student takes to learn content
  • Mastery of content – students demonstrating their content mastery in a variety of ways
  • Delivery of Content – content provided to students in a different format
  • Purpose – used for initial credit, remediation, and credit recovery

Students may be enrolled in an online class in lieu of or in addition to a traditional, face-to-face class for a number of reasons. Regardless of those reasons, careful and honest evaluation of student readiness for an online course should be considered.

Is online learning right for me?

To be successful in an online class, students typically need to possess certain motivational characteristics and independence. The following characteristics will help enable students to be successful:

  • Self-disciplined
    While on-line courses allow a great deal of flexibility for a student, they require more independence and self-monitoring. The online learner must be able to stay on task, start and finish assignments in a timely manner without someone keeping you focused, and follow course modules and meet deadlines.
  • Organized
    Even though you may not have to be in class on a specific day and at a specific time, the online learner will need to follow course modules provided by the instructor and stay on task daily. Scheduling specific times during the day to login and study is important to the success of online learning. Never wait until the last minute to complete assignments.
  • Committed
    This will require dedication on the student’s part. Keeping up with class and completing and submitting all work on time is critical.  It is easy to get behind and an even greater challenge to catch up. When a question arises, seek the support and assistance of the instructor.
  • Critical Thinker
    Learning requires a process in which the online learner will make decisions about their own learning and experiences. The learner will need to analyze and evaluate the subject matter, raise questions, think open-mindedly and figure out solutions to complex problems.
  • Proactive
    Successful online learners take responsibility for their own learning. In fact, the successful online learner takes control of a situation and asks questions before it’s too late.
  • Computer Literate and Unlimited Computer and Internet Access
    The online learner will need basic knowledge of computers and internet skills in order to be successful in an online course. This will require on-going access to a laptop/computer, an internet connection and an up-to-date web browser.

Take this short online survey to assess if online classes would be an appropriate environment for you.

Courses offered:

Course offering vary based on need and qualified instructor availability. For the 2017 – 18 school year, the following courses will be offered through the Virtual Learning Program:

  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • English 9
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Health and PE 1
  • Health and PE 2
  • World Geography
  • World History 1
  • World History 2
  • VA and US Government
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Information Technology Fundamentals (Spring Semester only)
  • Nutrition and Wellness

Technical Specifications:

WJCC Virtual Learning Program courses are housed in Canvas Learning Management System.

Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

To be most successful in this course, please ensure that your computer meets the following minimum requirements:

Screen Size

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum of 800×600, which is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux – chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512kbps

Screen Readers

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Supported Internet Browsers

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge 39 and 40 (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh only)
  • Chrome 58 and 59
  • Firefox 53 and 54 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 25 and 26 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

Required Components

  • Flash is required for recording audio and video in the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers may no longer support Flash. (Please ensure that Flash is enabled in your browser!)
  • The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas. (Please ensure that Java is enabled in your browser!)

Browser Plugins and Extensions

  • Some browser plugins or extensions may conflict with Canvas and affect functionality. If you experience behavior that does not allow you to view or participate in Canvas courses, please ensure you have disabled any extensions or plugins that interact directly with your web browser.
  • For troubleshooting, consider logging in to Canvas using an incognito or private browser window, which will provide a browser session without any prior browsing or search history, associated browser cookies, or other factors that may interfere with the browser. If you are able to view and participate in Canvas using an incognito or private browser window, the behavior you are experiencing is likely related to the browser and not Canvas.

~ From Canvas Guide