Learning Resources

Learning Resources

The Learning Resources group at Virginia Western is comprised of five departments with the goal of promoting increased student success through the application of technology, training and services that foster and strengthen effective teaching and learning throughout the college.  We strive to deliver the most effective resources for teaching and learning to our students, faculty and staff through a comprehensive set of services including testing, learning assistance/tutoring, library services, electronic learning, instructional design and educational technology with a steadfast dedication to outstanding customer service. The Learning Resources group is committed to continuously improving these resources by introducing and supporting the latest innovations in education to our campus community.  

The Academic Link

Academic Link LogoThe Academic Link's purpose is to connect students to academic success by providing the tutoring support that fosters the acquisition of the critical learning skills that make students better learners.


Brown Library

Library LogoThe library is responsible for advancing the educational goals of the students enrolled at Virginia Western Community College by providing access to learning resources and by helping students develop their information-seeking skills. The library provides books, periodicals, and other informational materials needed by students to fulfill the reading and research requirements of the College's course offerings.

Brown Library's mission is

  • To provide quality resources and information services for students, staff, and faculty.
  • To prepare patrons to efficiently locate, evaluate, and use information.
  • To promote information literacy for student success.

eLearning & Instructional Technology

eLit LogoThe department of eLearning and Instructional Technology (eLIT) is to provide faculty, staff, and students the support and resources that encourage and assist the use of instructional technology as a tool to facilitate and enhance teaching and learning.

  • Support faculty and students to use various eLearning technologies for their teaching and learning goals. These technologies are including but not limited to: Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard IM, Panopto Lecture Capture System, Respondus, Respondus LockDown Browser, SafeAssign, StudyMate.
  • Provide instructional technology resources, services, and training for faculty, staff, and students to maintain and manage a sound online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced learning environment.
  • Promote the use of technology and best practices in enhancing teaching and learning.
  • Examine emerging technologies that may lead to improvements in teaching and learning.
  • Encourage faculty participation in distance learning initiatives and provide assistance and support in the development of courses and the use of appropriate learning technologies.
  • Provide faculty development opportunities to enable faculty to work more effectively with technology in an eLearning environment.
  • Manage and support VCCS Shared Services Distance Learning Program (SSDL) for faculty, staff, and students.

Media Geeks

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The Media Geeks provide instructional technology services for the Virginia Western campus community including the following:

  • Providing instructional media design and delivery
  • Designing, deploying and supporting classroom technology
  • Supporting the lecture capture system, Penopto 
  • Recording and live streaming video for special events and presentations around the college and providing sound and lighting assistance for same
  • Researching, promoting and supporting innovation in technology used for teaching and learning

Testing Center

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The Testing Center administers the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for English & math, as well as proctored exams for all asynchronous distance learning courses. As a service to the community, the Center also administers proctored tests and special tests.

Contact Us

Dean of Learning Resources

Christopher Porter
540-857-6697 | Brown Library B11

Learning Link Commons (Main Floor - Brown Library)


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