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July 22, 2014 e-Newsletter – 7/21/14

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NMC and CoSN Release the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition

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 […]

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The Influence of Instructor-Generated Video Content on Student Satisfaction with and Engagement in Asynchronous Online ClassesStudies on the influence of video content on student outcomes in online courses generally reveal two consistent and contradictory themes: students perceive value in the content, but there is no measurable difference in student outcomes in courses that use video content. This study examined the influence of instructor-generated video content on student satisfaction (measured by […]

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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, […]

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Student-centred outcomes of an e-learning course on Public Health in Hanoi and New YorkWe evaluated the satisfaction and improvement in learning outcomes of students taking a distance course in Public Health facilitated by the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Hanoi Medical University and the State University of New York at Albany. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Full Article

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Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable DevicesImprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery. MIT Technology Review Full Article

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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

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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

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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

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NCVPS E-lert for July 21, 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: .
July 21, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
July 30 – NCVPS Open House.
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.

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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If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

We heard . . . .
“The average person says around 16,000 words a day. That’s a lot of chances to make the world more awesome.”

Current E-lert News

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.
Please follow this link to register.

Allotment Budgets Now Updated
The 2014-15 enrollment projections have been completed by DPI.  Based on this information, the NCVPS budgets for the 2014-15 school year have been updated in the registration system.
When you log into the registration system, you will see your updated allotment totals.

Tech Updates
Java has had a recent update, and students who are using computers that are not running the latest version of Java may have issues in NCVPS courses.
Please visit to update to the most current version, Java 7, Update 65.

Tips for Closing a Semester
We are in the last half of our summer session. It’s time to start thinking about closing out the semester. We have a few tips for schools to help.
Follow this link to our End of the Semester Tips and Reminders web page.

For Your Information

Middle School Success 101
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.
If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at

Intervention Strategies
Do you have students who are not achieving in our courses? We have a list of intervention strategies for students who are low-performing, under-performing, and at risk.
Check them out here. One will be just what your student needs.

Catalogs for Virtual Learning 
in North Carolina
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

Speaking Virtually
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:
LMSA 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.

Twitter School
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. 
Learn with us on Twitter here:
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

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EDTECH537 – Audio Entry: Harvard EdCast – The Internet-Based Public High School

Today begins Week 7 of my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, and I wanted to post a sample audio entry (i.e., any entry that contains audio) this morning.

Anyway, I came across this podcast on the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Headlines (see entry on Harvard EdCast – The Internet-Based Public High School).  It is described as:

In this edition of the , , president and CEO of FLVS, examines the history and growth of her school, and what can be expected in the future.

July 21, 2014

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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…
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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…
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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…
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Early Bird Deadline Midnight Tuesday

From yesterday’s inbox…

Save a little, gain a lot: Early bird deadline midnight Tuesday

Register by midnight July 22 to save $50 and reserve your spot!

At the UW‑Madison Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, you’ll hear from dozens of inspiring thought leaders and experts, including Michael Quinn Patton, Ray Schroeder, Elliott Masie, Jane Bozarth, Pam Northrup, and Chris Dede.

Plus, don’t miss out on popular pre-conference workshops. Here are just a few:

  • Instructional design practice: Fill your bag of tricks—Penny Ralston-Berg and Alicia Swaggerty, Penn State University
  • Let’s do the flip!—Rena Palloff, Fielding Graduate University
  • Evaluating innovative and complex projects—Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation
  • Harnessing data to ensure academic quality at an online institution—Phil Ice and Jennifer Stephens Helm, American Public University System
  • PowerPoint is not a slideshow freak—Tom Kuhlmann, Articulate Global
  • How to create rich interactive modules for online courses—John Orlando, Northcentral University
  • Data visualization for education—Brad Hokanson, University of Minnesota
  • Click here for full list of workshops»

These workshops have limited space, and they often fill up during the early bird deadline crush. Register now to reserve your spot!

Click for full conference details & to register»

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).
Contact Kimary Peterson (conference manager)
This event organized and sponsored by
UW-Madison Continuing Studies Distance Education Professional Development

UW-Madison Distance Ed Professional Development | | UW-Madison Continuing Studies | 21 N Park St | Madison, WI 53715

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