The NMC and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), with the support of HP, are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition at a special session at the 2014 NMC Summer Conference in Portland, Oregon. This sixth K-12 edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to […]
Conditional Release of Course Materials: Assessing Best Practice RecommendationsWith advances in learning management systems and online course delivery methods, teachers have a variety of options to control the release of course content based on specific criteria. Despite the availability of such conditional release tools, very little research has assessed student perceptions and experiences with these tools. In a 2011 article, Gardner, Fisher, Raffo, […]
The Post-LMS LMSBlackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be on the verge of tearing down those silos in favor of an open ecosystem. Inside Higher Ed Full Article
The IT Service Organization for a Post-Enterprise WorldThe technology-service marketplace is increasingly focused either below the enterprise (on the consumer) or above the enterprise (on the cloud). In the space between the consumer and the cloud, the post-enterprise IT organization can make key contributions, channeling technical possibilities in service to the institutional mission. EDUCAUSE Full Story
Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise MobilityCUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York – 15 Jul 2014: Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®. IBM Press Release
July 31 – Progress report posted in the registration system.
August 7 - Progress report posted in the registration system.
August 8 – Last day of class. Students will not have access after this date.
August 12 – Early calendar classes begin.
August 14 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 25 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.
August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.
September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.
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2014 Fall Open House
NCVPS will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, July 30, for any interested parents, students, and educators. This online open house will begin at 6p.m. in one of our Blackboard Collaborate rooms. Come join us and discover more about our program. This session is designed for public school, private school, and home-schooled students and parents.
NCVPS is offering Middle School Success 101 this fall. Originally we had planned to enroll students by hand, but with the volume of interest we received, we decided to allow each middle school to enroll on its own. Look for the course title “Middle School Success 101″ in our registration system.
We will be reviewing the waitlists daily and open new sections. However, we are limited to 10 sections for Fall 2014 as we roll out this new course, so please do not delay in enrolling your students.
Please keep in mind that this course is not for high school credit. This is a middle school course.
ACT Prep Course
NCVPS C&I is happy to share an ACT Prep course is in development and will be ready to pilot in Fall 2014. We will only offer 8 sections of 25 students for the fall. We will make the course available to everyone in the Spring 2015. If you are interested in enrolling students in our ACT Prep course for Fall 2014, please sign up now. There are limited seats available.
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses. Check out our 150+ list of courses here.
In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.
In The Loop
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon? We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:
LMS - A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs. NCVPS uses Blackboard and Moodle for its LMSs.
Instructional Design: Instructional design involves the identification of the knowledge, information, and skill gaps of a particular group of people and creating or selecting learning experiences that close this gap. Instructional designers base their learning decisions on cognitive psychology, instructional theory, and best practices.
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
Much to English teacher Ed Raines’ surprise, his students had never heard Puccini’s soaring melodies that inspired David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly,” nor the way Louis Armstrong could make a trumpet talk in Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” In the middle…
When Elaine Nielson was in sixth grade, her teacher noticed that she and a few of the other students in her class were up for a challenge and decided to start teaching them Algebra. The following year at her local junior high, Eland found Algebra I to be a…
Local and national leaders are in Little Rock stressing the importance of upgrading Arkansas classrooms with 21st century education. FASTERArkansas is a group of school leaders, business partners and citizens who want to prepare our students for what’s…
Blackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be…
There is a lot of money tied up in educational technology. In 2012, $600 million was invested by venture firms into ed-tech startups. To put that in perspective, that is 400 percent more than what was invested in the same industry in 2002. It seems that a lot…
The scene in a cavernous building atop a forested hill here resembles a brainy, free-form summer camp, or a loft where twentysomethings meet to pursue esoteric dreams. It does not look like the usual notion of college. A few Lehigh University students turn out…
Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to…
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Who: Professionals in distance education/training with any level of experience When: T-Th, Aug 12-14 Where: Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WI Cost: $490 ($540 after July 22). Group and student rates, virtual option available. Optional Tuesday workshops are an additional fee (space is limited).