WHRO Course Evaluation and Assessment



  • The U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provide stimulus funding to states and localities to create jobs and promote economic renewal. The Commonwealth of Virginia awarded ARRA funds through the E2T2 program to WHRO Educational Services, the education department of school-division owned public television and radio syndicate in the Hampton Roads area, to design and build ten online courses for high-school aged children. The courses will cover ‘core’ content of: World History & Geography to 1500 A.D. (WHI), World History & Geography 1500 to present (WHII), World Geography, Astronomy, Chemistry, Oceanography, Physics, Mathematical Analysis, Health & PE I and II. WHRO is the leader in online Virginia K-12 and teacher professional enrichment course development. Their Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center offers over 40,000 content clips, more than 500 broadcast workshops and 200 instructional series. WHRO developed the Virginia Virtual Advanced Placement School and is the architect as well as host of the Regional Virtual School. The extension to online core curriculum offerings for high school students is a natural fit for the education department of WHRO. Designing and building ten courses is daunting in part because the timeline is limited – all ten online courses must be designed and built between January 2010 and September 30, 2011. Content area specialists will work with five instructional designers and two project managers to deliver prototype courses to school division content area review teams (CART). This proposal details how Old Dominion University faculty with expertise in instructional design and technology, online course construction, and course evaluation & student assessment can support WHRO with evaluation services while they develop the ten online courses.
  • Date/time Interval

  • 2010 - 2011
  • Total Award Amount

  • $42,612.00
  • Contributor

  • Jody Sommerfeldt   Investigator