How It Works

Students work together in a virtual team to explore and develop skills and techniques in an area of common interest. In each team offering, students create original work as they learn from experts and receive feedback from peers. For example, a team of students in Digital Photography may work with an expert to build their understanding of best practices in landscape photography and then work together to develop the various skills and techniques associated with creating high quality landscape photos.

Team Collaboration

The team works collaboratively to develop various skills and techniques while giving and receiving feedback to improve the quality of work. The results could then be published to promote the student’s work.

Individual Responsibility

Each student is responsible for meeting due dates throughout while also producing a final product that can then be published if desired. Although the final product is a group task, each person will be assessed based on his/her individual work and will not be penalized for someone else not doing their work.

Flexible Schedule

Team courses typically run 18 weeks, start on a specific date, and have periodic due dates for work throughout. Students have some flexibility regarding when they complete work but are expected to complete tasks by the due dates determined by the instructor.

Support as Needed

Using virtual meeting tools, instructors meet regularly with the team and sub-groups within the team, communicate with the team through emails and provide feedback and individual support as needed.

Attend an open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.