Distance Education Requirements
The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment program uses several distance education technologies to share course content, engage in interactive class discussions, and collaborate across all areas of Virginia.
Below is an overview of the technology used in the program. Please take the time to review the reference guides.
All Consortium students must have and maintain the following:
- Access to high speed internet. Hard wiring your internet connection instead of using WIFI can decrease delays.
- Updated operating systems and program software.
- A headset with a microphone and headphone in one; this decreases audio feedback and echoes.
- A computer that allows software and application installation and updates. If you are using a computer that requires administrative rights to install and update software and applications, please get necessary permissions for administrative rights to be activated on your system.
- Skill to access and navigate websites and to upload and download content and media.
- Technology requirements will vary between classes, other programs and skills may be required in specific courses.
VI Consortium courses use Blackboard through Mason, an online learning system that provides digital course delivery and content management.
Blackboard Instructional Technology Support for Students
Many VI Consortium courses operate through web conference platforms, including, but not limited to, Collaborate Ultra.
Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Accessibility in Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience
Additional Accessibility and Support
Mason’s Assistive Technology Initiative provides students with disabilities with support for access.