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September 13, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for September 12, 2014

From yesterday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: http://goo.gl/ZMsV06
September 12, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
September 18 - Traditional and early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

October 2 – Traditional and early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

October 16 – Early calendar grade reports posted in the registration system. These are weighted grades (37.5%)

October 16 – Traditional calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

October 30 – Traditional calendar grade reports posted in the registration system. These are weighted grades (37.5%)

October 30 – Early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.

We heard . . . .
“It doesn’t matter what teachers teach. It only matters what students learn.”  ~Richard Curwin“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”  ~Socrates”Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.

“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional.  Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not.  Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn

“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”

 

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King

‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”

NCVPS Celebrations
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.Click here to tell us about your successes.

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Current E-lert News

Semester Updates
IEP Phone Conference (Action Required)

If a student with an IEP or 504 plan is enrolled in an NCVPS course, it is the responsibility of the local school system to ensure that all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IEP) Act and Section 504 are met.

 

NCVPS will follow all modifications and accommodations documented on the IEP or 504 plan as appropriate. There are some instances in which accommodations listed in the IEP or 504 plan are not conducive to the online environment and may not be provided. In this case, the local school system will be responsible for providing such accommodations in order to help the student to be successful in the online course.

 

When a student enrolls in a NCVPS course, the accommodations or modifications from the IEP or 504 plan are shared via a phone conference between the local school district liaison and the NCVPS Virtual Teacher for the course. No IEP or 504 plans are shared via email.  NCVPS and the school system must discuss the accommodations and modifications in the student’s IEP or 504 plan each semester the student enrolls in a NCVPS course.

 

For more on our IEP guidelines, please follow this link.

 

ELA Contact Information (Action Required) 

Does your school have students enrolled with us?  We must have contact information for someone at the school.  This can be the advisor, lab facilitator, assistant principal, etc.

 

This link shows how to update your contact information.

 

District advisors, if you run an enrollment report, you can see the ELA contact information for your schools.  Please ensure that each school has up-to-date contact information.

 

This link shows how to run an enrollment report.

 

You can also find school contact information in the grade reports.

Enrollment Options

Here are our current enrollment options:

 

1. OCS - We cannot create new OCS sections, but schools may add students to their already established NCVPS OCS sections throughout the semester.

 

2. Credit Recovery – Schools may enroll students in credit recovery until the midway point of the semester if we have seats available in the course.

 

3. Transfer Students – NCVPS is now accepting transfer students. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the face-2-face version of the course, have seat time in front of an instructor, and have a grade to transfer in with. Students new to the course cannot transfer in.

 

4. Heath – Enrollment for the 2nd 9-weeks health courses is still open.

 

5. Spring 2015 – Registration for Spring 2015 is still open.

 
Student Contact Information
It is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address and phone number when they enroll.
PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address and school phone when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:
1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.
2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.

Supporting Students

If you have students who are low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk for any reason, NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow.

  • Check for progress reports and report cards in the registration system.  Updates are made every two weeks.  You may contact teachers directly between updates to check on student progress.
  • Have students contact their instructors during their office hours for live help.
  • Try to establish a recurring time for student to meet with instructor (in Blackboard Collaborate or phone) for one-on-one tutoring.
  • Have student sign up for NCVPS Peer Tutoring, which is availale for certain courses.  Go to this link to learn more:  http://goo.gl/GRkwT  . Peer Tutoring offers the following services:

1) Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.

2) Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.

3) Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard  IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.

  • Establish peer tutoring with other successful NCVPS students at your school (if available).
  • Have EC students meet with the school’s EC specialist.
  • See our list of assistive technologies.  Go to this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/eryLQ
  • Have students attend your school’s review sessions (if available).
  • Have students attend your school’s tutoring session (if available).
  • If the student is taking the course off campus, consider moving the student to a lab setting, especially if the student is not logging into the course.
  • If you have students in EOC courses, be sure that they take part in our EOC Reviews that are in each EOC course.  Have them contact their teachers for more information.
  • Establish weekly or bi-weekly contact with instructors of any at-risk students.
  • Have parents log in with the students at home and monitor their work.  Parents can communicate with the instructor, too.
  • Be sure students know where to go to get help. Teachers help with course questions and course content. The Virtual Support Center helps with technology issues in the course and login issues. The school ELAs help students with enrollment and withdrawing from a course.

Tech Updates

We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.

Help Desk Ticketing Tips

To answer your tickets faster and more efficiently we ask for the following when opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center:

  • Students first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number
  • Course enrolled (example CourseSec01Fall14)

Please specify if course is:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS

This will help to insure we have the correct student.

If Student is showing pleaseadd@ncvps.org as their E-Mail address in Moodle and Blackboard, it’s time to update:

In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

 

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

STEM Education in Greene County
Check out how NCVPS is helping Greene County with its STEM initiative.
NCDPI STEM Highlights from Greene Co. Schools
NCDPI STEM Highlights from Greene Co. Schools
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Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Vendor Approved Courses

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.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP Art History – Florida Virtual
  • Art History and Criticism – Florida Virtual
  • English 1 – Florida Virtual
  • English 2 – Florida Virtual
  • English 3 – Florida Virtual
  • English 4 – Florida Virtual
  • English 4 College Prep – Florida Virtual

Course Spotlight -
Music Business and Recording

This is an entry level music business course that prepares students for careers in the music industry, both in music management and music recording. This introduction to the music industry establishes communication skills and knowledge of copyrights, music publishing and contracts, concert promotion, and recording studio business.

 


An introduction to music recording and music engineering is established through introducing skills needed for studio mixing, concert sound mixing, and D.J. applications. This course focuses on the technical and basic electronic aspects of music technology. Areas of instruction include beginning music theory, physics of sound, basic electronics, sound reinforcement systems, multi-track recording, digital audio recording, and digital signal processing.

 

Offered: Fall and Spring Block (Traditional and Early Calendar) and Summer

 

Prerequisites: None

Twitter School
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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with SmartBrief for EdTech.

A guide to blending screencasts with face-to-face instruction
T.H.E. Journal (9/3)

More students signing up for online tutoring
The popularity of online tutoring continues to grow, supported by students and their families who say the programs offer convenient, affordable options for accessing academic help. There are a number of sites available, many of which offer feedback, guidance and the ability for students to receive personalized attention. CBS News (9/4)

School districts in Maine consider beefing up online options
Some school districts in Maine are considering launching their own online programs in order to compete with the state’s first virtual charter school, which recently opened and has enrolled almost 300 students. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (9/7)

 

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Portland superintendent gets resistance over plan to offer virtual classes

“I don’t support the public charter virtual school that has been approved. Having somebody like Pearson run it, I didn’t support it on a statewide basis …

Portales schools’ night school accepting drug court participants

Portales Municipal Schools’ Night School is opening more doors to not just suspended students, but now to adults, who are in Ninth Judicial District …

Portland superintendent scraps plan to offer virtual classes

The state provides $7,000 per student in education aid, which goes to the virtual school if a student enrolls there. For each student lured away from …

Editorial, research: Halt rush to launch virtual charters

… federal policymakers should promote efforts to design new outcomes measures appropriate to the unique characteristics of full-time virtual school.

Portland scraps plan to offer virtual classes

The decision comes just as the Maine Connections Academy — a virtual school opened for classes this week. Mayor Michael Brennan was opposed to …

Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week

Washington, a junior, said she enrolled at the virtual school so she could keep up with her busy dance schedule. She travels to Bangor, Houlton and …

Questions about Portland’s virtual school plan still nag board

Portland school officials wouldn’t answer questions from the school board Tuesday night about key elements of a new virtual instruction program …

Virtual school makes for actual confusion

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) — Confusion over the possible opening of a new school in Over-The-Rhine jumped to a new level Tuesday, September 2.

Lewiston committee to vote on virtual school Monday

LEWISTON — The local School Committee is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to create an online high school.

Virtual School Practices Real Oppression, Bans Pixilated Firearms

The cultural campaign to label firearms and firearm ownership as socially unacceptable claimed another victim last week, when a “virtual” school …

Lewiston committee to vote on virtual school Monday

The virtual school would be offered “right in the walls of Lewiston High” in the fall of 2015. Tammy Thibodeau, a teacher and coach, would be the …

Florida Virtual School Full Time Free Information Session

Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a high-quality tuition-free public education option for students in grades Kindergarten-12 statewide, will …

Portland scraps plan to offer virtual classes

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A plan to keep students from leaving Portland for the state’s first virtual charter school has been scrapped.

Portland superintendent gets resistance over plan to offer virtual classes

“I don’t support the public charter virtual school that has been approved. Having somebody like Pearson run it, I didn’t support it on a statewide basis …

Portland superintendent pulls plug on plan to offer virtual classes

Portland’s school superintendent said Thursday that he is abandoning his plan to offer virtual classes to certain students in the district beginning this …

Lewiston committee says no to virtual school, wants smaller kindergarten classes

LEWISTON — When asked to approve a new virtual school in Lewiston at a cost of $50,000, the Lewiston School Committee instead indicated that …

More on Florida Virtual School

Florida Virtual School is an online public school serving grades K-12 in Florida for free. Out-of-state and international students can take classes …

acing opposition from mayor and state commissioner, Portland superintendent scraps plan for …

PORTLAND, Maine — A virtual school program proposed for the Portland Public Schools has been scrapped. Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel …

Taking Schooling to the Virtual World

Winnsboro resident Sandy Anders’ teenage children are enrolled in a virtual school, which allows them to work on their classes from anywhere – even …

Kajeet Provides Safe, Affordable Home Internet to Eight Additional School Districts

Students in grades 6-12 may enroll in the county’s virtual school either part-time or full-time. Students may take classes at home or in a computer lab at …

Florida Virtual School hires away respected Orange County area superintendent

Former Orange County schools superintendent Ron Blocker has hired away respected area superintendent Bill Gordon to help run Florida Virtual …

Virtual classroom benefits working students

“You definitely have to be self-disciplined to do virtual school,” he said. And students have to be willing to forgo many of the traditional interactions with …

Virtual learning: the new school education

Additionally, the virtual school allows for teachers to provide individual attention and personalized learning that can tailor instruction to a student’s …

Online Girls’ School Aims to Offer New Opportunities

While an online course may seem impersonal, there is a virtual school called Online School for Girls that plans to create a close-knit community in the …

Centre school board

He also said more security cameras were needed at the shop building and more iPads were needed for elementary and virtual school students …

Mxit’s Ukufunda virtual school to support learning in SA public schools

The Ukufunda Virtual School will directly address inequalities in the school system, raise education standards and put the power of basic education …

Is there room on the team for homeschoolers?

Individual school corporations reserve the right to decide whether to allow homeschool and virtual school students to play sports, and Northwestern …

Suwannee County School Board workshop roundup

Full-time virtual school student graduation was also discussed, with questions of where and how the ceremonies would be conducted. Often there are …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Penn-Trafford expected to sign on to WIU’s eAcademy

A cyber school receives 80 percent of the funding that a district typically would receive from the state for a student, with the home district receiving the …

Superintendents talk public school spending, cuts

At Upper Adams, the district pays more than $10,000 per student at a cyber school, and almost twice that amount if the student qualifies for any kind of …

Trinity appoints interim athletic director

The board approved discontinuing cyber school educational services with the Seneca Valley School District. The school district recently joined the …

Vitulli rides into new role

Vitulli starts the new school year as Smithfield Elementary principal and also will lead the district’s cyber school, East Stroudsburg Area Cyber …

Districts try to woo cyber charter students

PITTSBURGH — As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania …

Districts try to woo cyber charter students

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western …

Western Pa. districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania school districts are …

Penn-Trafford expected to sign on to WIU’s eAcademy

Penn-Trafford will be assessed a lower per-pupil cost compared to enrollment at other state-approved cyber schools. The maximum cost to the district …

Superintendents talk public school spending, cuts

Gettysburg Area School District Superintendent Larry Redding, Upper … Redding also noted cyber-charter school students tend to have lower test …

STSD is building My Cyber Campus

Southern Tioga School District is building its own cyber school called My Cyber Campus. Substitute Superintendent Sam Rotella updated the school …

PENNCREST looks to cater to online learners

SAEGERTOWN — In an effort to avoid losing students to a cyber school outside of the district, PENNCREST School Board is considering options from …

New Florence bridge renamed for Korean War veteran

Rafferty said the district felt it was a violation of the cyber school’s charter because it was only authorized to teach its program for grades 7 through 12.

 

September 12, 2014

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News…
EdSurge
Catholic schools in the United States are at a crossroads. The challenges facing many Catholic schools — low enrollment and threats to financial sustainability — put them in a position where they must close their doors unless something dramatic changes. And…
The News-Herald
Mentor Schools has begun to strategize improvements to the district, thanks to a recent grant from Ohio’s Straight A Fund. At the regular meeting of the Mentor School Board Sept. 9, Michael Lynch, director of Straight A initiatives, provided an update to board…
Getting Smart
The learning opportunity set improves every month with new tools powering new experiences and environments. While EdPolicy politics can be frustrating to watch, innovation momentum is very strong and I’m confident that the 2020 learning…
Chalkbeat Tennessee
On a recent morning, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary’s 448 students gathered at 8 a.m. in the gym of their newly-built school in East Nashville for a ten-minute “launch off” to start the school day. The children erupted into cheers as their…
Forbes
Over the past several years, I have presented at several meetings of California’s Santa Clara County superintendents about blended learning and its potential to create schools that can personalize learning for each student to help each succeed. During the…
Charleston Daily Mail
The West Virginia Board of Education is closely monitoring online courses being offered to students in Hancock County with hopes it can replicate the program statewide if it becomes successful. In response to several students withdrawing from the school…
Wall Street Journal
Summer vacation is over for students at Houston’s A+ Unlimited Potential school, but they won’t be stuck in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom all day. Instead, the middle school’s students will have class in places such as coffee shops, tapping into…
Providence Journal
In growing numbers, Rhode Island schools are moving away from paper and pencil to laptops, from books and notepads to the “cloud.” Coventry has just purchased 2,700 Chromebooks, a Google-based laptop, one for every student in grades 6 through 12…
Portland Press Herald
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk tried to introduce a little innovation to his district this fall. He probably won’t be trying that again anytime soon. Caulk told the city School Board that he planned to compete with a new, online-only…
CompetencyWorks
Futurist author Joel Barker said, “Vision without action is merely a dream.” Once upon a time, I had a dream of being an Olympic weightlifter. My name is called. I slowly rise. I adjust my weight belt as I approach the barbell. The red jumpsuit is really…
The Daily Times
What’s going on at Heritage High School? Have they flipped? You bet they have. Students, teachers and parents are turning the traditional matrix of homework and classroom learning on its head. The way it was: A teacher stands in front of the…
The Hechinger Report
The community built a new barn, right next to their elementary school. They hung a sign over its red doorway, naming it Sunshine Farms. Inside, the children began conducting science lessons by collecting data on animals. The barn contained 11 hens, two…
WWTV
An online school based in Manistee is seeing substantial growth this school year. The Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy serves students across the state and has nearly tripled in size in just two years. The academy is part of the Manistee ISD, and it’s…
Mind/Shift
“They don’t live in Saskatoon!” a seventh-grade girl says vehemently. She’s working with her class to figure out where another mystery class is located somewhere else in the world. The two classes are competing to figure out the other’s location first…
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CEM: ED Future Ready–Free Resources/Support, New Crowdfunding Contest (Amazon), CDW-G (Grants), ISTE/SIIA, NAESP/NASSP, More….

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Greetings CEM Supporters–

There are now just 20 days until the start of this year’s Connected Educator Month.  Events are coming in faster than we can get them up on the calendar–we’ll be catching up this weekend–but we’ll highlight a few of the coming attractions that will highlight next week’s run-up to the month…

Sign The Future Ready Pledge, Get Great Resources
CEM founder and core partner the US Department of Education has just released its Future Ready pledge for superintendents in advance of its October 7 Connected Superintendents Summit as part of CEM.  The pledge is a commitment to upgrading broadband, improving access to educational devices and software, and strengthening educator tech training.  Signers will receive implementation guidance, access to online resources, and other support needed to transition to more effective digital learning.

Our goal is to have at least 1,000 signers from all 50 states by the time the summit starts. If you’re a district level decision-maker, please check it out and consider signing; if not, please pass it on to the superintendent and other district leaders in your network…

http://bit.ly/ed_future_ready

New Crowdfunding Contest: $500 Amazon Shopping Spree
Our efforts to work with you to support connected education year-round continue with another weekly contest.  Get two donations of any size to the campaign between now and Thursday, September 18 for a chance to win a $500 Amazon.com shopping spree.  The contests are only going to get bigger and better from here–that’s how important we think it is that we master this powerful new tool that connected educators are uniquely qualified to wield–and the sooner you join, the more chances you’ll have to win.

http://bit.ly/cem_crowdfunding (for more details about the campaign)
http://bit.ly/cem_crowdrise (direct link to join or start a team–click the Help Fundraise button to start)

PS Congratulations to Sandy Coleman, winner of our first contest for a free PLP e-course of her choice!

ISTE/SIIA: Teaching With Tablets
4 PM ET, Sept 15 Teaching with Tablets: How To Integrate Tablets with Effective Instruction The International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Mobile Learning Network, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and edWeb join forces for a webinar discussion on how to integrate tablets with effective instruction led by co-authors Dr. Doug Fisher, Dr. Nancy Frey, and Technology Leader Alex Gonzalez of Health Sciences High.

http://bit.ly/iste_siia_tab_teach

CDW-G, Funds For Learning: E-Rate 2.1, Grant Writing Toolkit
Funding is in air for CEM, and not just in crowds….

3 PM ET, Sept 16 E-rate 2.1 – Refining the New E-rate Rules.  Funds For Learning and edWeb collaborate on a timely session led by John Harrington, Funds For Learning’s CEO on the latest proposed E-Rate changes, their implications for funding, and areas we should focus on during the upcoming comment period to make the changes as effective and useful as possible.

http://bit.ly/ffl_erate

4 PM ET, Sept 17  Build Your Grant-Writing Toolkit, Part 1  Government IT giant CTW-G and edWeb present a highly interactive webinar led by popular CEM presenter Dr. Rita Oates on how to determine what grants your school is eligible for, how to use the GetEDFunding database to find grants that match, how to find partners in your community to help with matches, and more…

http://bit.ly/ctw_grant_tools

Follett/edWeb: Trust & Digital Citizenship
5 PM ET, Sept 17 RU Ready 2 Trust ‘em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials.  Superstar school librarian Michelle Luhtala makes the case for trusting students more with school access to technology, how trust can promote curiosity and transform learning, and why it’s essential to developing true digital citizenship.

http://bit.ly/follett_trust

NAESP/NASSP: Whole Community Engagement
4 PM ET, Sept 18.  All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities  Just in time to kick off CEM’s Whole Community Engagement theme, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and edWeb explore strategies and online tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities, led by #satchat star Brad Currie, Middle School Vice Principal and Supervisor of Instruction (Chester, NJ)

http://bit.ly/naesp_nassp_whole_comm

New, Improved CEM Calendar Launches
We’ve just launched the 2014 calendar, and there are already significantly more events on it than there were at this point in the cycle last year, with hundreds more we already know are on the way.  The new calendar system will allow you to create and share your own calendar of CEM events, sync it with the calendar system you already use, includes a mobile web app for your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry device, and more.  You can check out all the new features at the link below…

http://bit.ly/ce14cal_about

Help Spread The Word
We’re trying to reach more educators than ever before this year (not to mention parents, policymakers, and community members), and we need your help. Show your support for connected education on your website, Twitter stream, Facebook page or Pinterest board with our new supporter toolkit, including more than a few images suitable for framing…http://bit.ly/ce14_supporter_kit

PS If you’re looking for ideas for your CEM events & activities, you might find this doc helpful (lots of groups did in CEM 2012-13, and we’ve just updated it).

Get More Connected
CEM has sometimes been called the Burning Man Festival of connected education.  If you know anything about that event, allow yourself a knowing laugh.  A big part of CEM is making new connections, sharing your expertise, and gaining from the insights and wisdom of others.  In 2013, we created a tool to help you make new connections, edConnectr, and the service is back for 2014, with educators from more than 70 countries ready to connect for this year’s global celebration.

http://bit.ly/edconnectr

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Master Social Media or Leadership in Online Education this Fall

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OLC Mastery Series Programs

 

Fall 2014 – Two New Topics

 

A brand new semester is under way. Take a few moments to see how you can build upon your skills with the new fall offerings in the OLC Mastery Series.

Social Media for Online Education  

Social media can play an important role in teaching and learning online, and it can be both exciting and intimidating. New this fall, the Social Media for Online Education Mastery Series includes three workshops focusing on uses of social media for improving teaching and learning for online, blended and web-enhanced courses. Workshops will explore applicable learning theories, online identity, participatory culture, and legal issues for engaging, instructing and supporting online learners through social media.
Starts October 17.

Leadership in Online Learning

Calling all leaders. Are you ready to hone your skills to face the challenges and opportunities in online education? As part of our commitment to fostering emerging and established leaders, OLC is proud to announce a new Mastery Series, Leadership in Online Learning. This series consists of three workshops focusing on organizational structure, policy, and common funding models related to distance learning programming at the institutional level. Starts November 7.

Best Regards,

Sandra

P.S. Join us onsite or virtually in celebrating 20 years of online learning at the 20th Annual Online Learning Consortium International ConferenceOctober 29-31, 2014 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Sandra Coswatte | Director, Institute for Learning

Online Learning Consortium

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