Virtual Classroom Training Standards

What is the difference between online training and virtual classroom instruction?

“Virtual classroom” means a synchronous, instructor-led, remote learning environment conducted in real time.

“Online Training” means a course taken through an automated, asynchronous learning management system or other technology.

Virtual Classroom Standards

  • Only DSHS approved curriculum, other than hands-on skills training as required in WAC 388.112A.0300, may be taught in a virtual classroom environment during times of emergency when in-person classroom training is prohibited
  • Training programs seeking DSHS approval for virtual training beyond times of emergency must submit a Virtual Classroom Training Application Form.  You will be asked to:
    • Identify the video conferencing software or application to be used;
    • Submit a written description of how classroom activities will be modified for effective instruction in the virtual classroom environment;
    • Either submit a recorded demonstration of the virtual classroom in use, or schedule an opportunity for the department to view a live example of the virtual classroom.
  • “Virtual classroom” means an instructor-led, remote learning environment conducted in real time using video conferencing technology that:
    • Allows for two-way audio and video communication between the instructor and all students;
    • Allows the instructor to monitor student engagement;
    • Allows the instructor and students to participate, interact, present, show work, and ask and answer questions;
    • Allows the instructor to break students into virtual small groups for work and discussion if required by the curriculum;
    • Allows the instructor to monitor each small group individually as they work and interact;
    • Allows the instructor to maintains a record of attendance
  • The instructor shall provide each student with a physical or electronic copy of the text and any other required materials.
  • The instructor shall assure that the course is taught fully and according to the hours required.

For courses requiring competency testing, the Instructor must provide a safe and reliable way to administer the test and verify the identity of the student.