Overview of Services
Low Country Virtual provides technical assistance and support to the network districts through a variety of strategies detailed below.
Consortium staff are also available to provide assistance and support as districts collaborate and work on common goals pertaining to virtual learning.
The Low Country Education Consortium is a premium member of the Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC).
The DLC is a membership organization that works on the national and international levels to explore, produce, and disseminate data, information, news, and best practices in digital learning.
As a premium member, network districts and the Consortium have access to the following benefits:
- Opportunities to participate in committees, surveys, and research as an organization,
- Representation on the DLC Executive Committee that assists with strategy and direction,
- Opportunity to participate in responses to inquiries made by researchers, reporters, and others seeking examples of case studies and best practices,
- Opportunities to participate in DLC blogs and podcasts,
- Opportunities to serve on conference and program committees, and
- Access to DLC staff time for support and assistance.
The Low Country Education Consortium is a Consortium-Level Member or Quality Matters with each district having affiliate memberships under the Consortium umbrella. Quality Matters is the gold standard for online courses.
Joining as a part of the Consortium means that we will begin to build capacity across the network districts while we write courses to share and review the courses for certification via a Consortium-level review team. Membership and certified-reviewer status and tools mean that we can conduct internal reviews and serve on external review teams, and financially it means enhanced levels of membership for the Consortium and affiliate districts.
Network districts will have an opportunity to participate in workshops designed to help faculty, teachers, instructional designers, and virtual/ online learning leaders grow beyond their current levels of expertise. Participation in these offerings will benefit individuals as they learn how to apply and utilize the QM tools and resources. QM Membership will assist the network of districts in continuous improvement of their online courses and offerings.
Online Learning Leaders
Virtual / Online learning leaders in our network meet regularly to develop shared services and collaborate. Greg Harrison of Dorchester District 2 is the chair of this group, and Celeste Bearden of Charleston is the vice-chair.
This group often includes school administrators, professional learning leaders, and senior leaders from the districts in their planning and work. The Consortium staff provide support via time and assistance to this group.
Consortium staff often get requests to provide technical assistance and support to non-network schools and districts. On a limited basis, the Consortium is considering undertaking these types of projects as fee-for-services work. For more information, you may write the Consortium at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 843-608-8771.