Welcome to Distance Education at West Liberty. Over the past few years West Liberty University focused on developing policies and procedures to support effective online learning.
Distance learning is facilitated through the use of SAKAI, an learning management system similar to Blackboard, Angel, Moodle and others. Sakai works well with PCs, MACs and machines using a Linux operating system. A dependable internet connect and a browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox are all that is required to get started.
Some instructors of online courses may require proctored examinations, some scheduled online meeting times or the use of specific software packages. These are course specific and generally described in the syllabus. Additional information is available from [email protected].
While distance or online learning offers flexibility in access for learners, there are challenges and responsibilities. Any where – any time is great for great for many learners. West Liberty University is here to help you learn and offers support for the distant learner. Success is our goal as well as yours. However, for some learners online learning may be a recipe for disaster if you aren’t ready to manage your time and accept responsibility for your learning and success.
The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions offering distance education programs to provide all enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with regional accrediting agencies and with the appropriate state agency designated to receive and process complaints in the student’s home state.
West Liberty University has been approved by West Virginia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
As part of West Liberty University’s committed to high quality online instruction, we want to provide online and distance students with access to West Liberty’s Distance Education Complaint Process information. Our goal is to provide a voice for our online students and the opportunity to seek resolution of issues that may occur. Our sincere hope is that students will first submit complaints at the institutional level using the online form provided. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has an additional process for complaints that can not be resolved at the institutional level.