Chignecto Central Virtual School
The Chignecto Central Virtual School (CCVS) has been developed as a response to the challenges faced by schools serving Nova Scotia's rural communities. Establishing viable student cohorts for many subjects (particularly, but not solely, special interest courses) at upper high school is often difficult. The school has used Moodle and the video conferencing system Marratech.
CCVS website is at http://ccvs.ednet.ns.ca/ccvs/.
An integrated asynchronous-synchronous (real-time) model is used. Students are required to participate in one real-time class per week with the instructor and fellow classmates (two options of one-hour each; 12 to 20 students per session). They also interact with fellow students and/or their instructor at least one other hour per week (as it fits into their in-school timetable). A CCVS course is one of four courses that a student takes in a given semester.
"Features of the CCVS learning system include:"
"• An online discussion area that supports audio and video student submissions
• An eJournal and an ePortfolio area that support audio and video entries
• Online testing capabilities
• Just-in-time software tutorials
• Seamless integration of realtime text chat, voice chat, videoconferencing and whiteboard capabilities
• Personal web and file space accessible from both home and school
• A dedicated technical support person"
- “State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada", iNACOL November 2009