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November 20, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Nov. 20, 2014

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Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts.
November 20, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
November 27-28 - State Holiday
December 1 – Last day to transfer in students to Fall 2014 block courses.
December 1 – Last day to enroll in credit recovery courses for Fall 2014.

December 4 – Progress reports are posted in the registration system.

December 12 – Last day of early calendar classes. Students will no longer be able to access their courses after this date.

December 18 – Final grades for early calendar courses posted in the registration system.

December 18 – Progress reports for traditional calendar courses posted in the registration system.

January 2 – Early calendar Spring 2015 Meet the Teacher period begins.

January 6 – Early calendar Spring 2015 courses begin.

January 9 – Last day of Fall 2014 block courses.

January 15 – Final grades for Fall 2014 block courses posted in the registration system.

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

Current Enrollment Options

Here are your current enrollment options for NCVPS courses:


Spring 2015

Registration for Spring 2015 is still open!  We usually experience high traffic in our registration system in January right before the spring semester begins. If you have students to enroll for spring, it would be greatly beneficial if you enrolled them now to avoid delays in January.


Click here to see how to access your spring enrollment report if you would like to view which students you already have enrolled for spring. Be sure to select “Spring 2015.”


OCS Enrollments for Fall 2014

We cannot create new OCS sections, but schools may add students to their already established NCVPS OCS sections throughout the semester. You can enroll students into OCS fall courses in the registration system. You do not need to open a help desk ticket.


Credit Recovery Enrollments for Fall 2014

Schools may enroll students in credit recovery until December 1 if we have seats available in the course. You can enroll students into CR courses for fall in the registration system. You do not need to open a help desk ticket.


Transfer Enrollments for Fall 2014

NCVPS will accept transfer students through December 1. 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.  Open a ticket with our virtual support center here to begin the transfer process.

Closing Out the Semester

That time is here already. Early calendar courses end on Dec.12, and traditional calendar block courses end on January 9.


Visit our End of the Semester: Tips and Reminderspage to see all the details on how to close out your semester successfully.

Supporting Students – Intervention Time

Be sure to check the latest progress report to see how your students are progressing. 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 help.


Follow this link to see our intervention strategies.

Tech Updates

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


Recent updates for Java and Flash

Please update to version Java 7, Update 71.
You can find the update at this link:

We are testing out Version 8 update 25. For now, please hold off on this update if possible.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 



NCVPS does not support Chrome’s web-based operating system, and we do not recommend the use of Chromebooks for NCVPS courses. Chrome’s lack of Java capabilities means students will encounter problems with rich media objects while using Chromebooks.
If a student or school chooses to use Chromebooks, please understand that certain areas of NCVPS content WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY in the Blackboard and Moodle environments.

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 ensure we have the correct student.

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:

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 Calculus BC - Florida Virtual

Course Spotlight – Art of Fashion

We have a great Art of Fashion course that NCVPS designed in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Art. Check out the promo card below.

See our full course catalog here.

Course Spotlight – ACT Prep

ACT Prep sections are open for Spring 2015 enrollments! This course offers a great way to prepare for your future!

If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at

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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North Carolina Virtual Public School

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SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
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2015 Annual USDLA Conference Call for Proposals – OPEN!

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2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals – OPEN! 


2015 USDLA 8th Annual Conference


The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) celebrates its 28th Anniversary and is pleased to announce the 2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. The proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme, “Distance Learning: Ignite, Innovate, Inspire!”. There is also a continued opportunity this year to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means your session will be viewed by face-to-face attendees as well as those attendees joining us virtually. You will be able to note your interest when completing your proposal submission.


We recommend that proposals be specific about what will make your presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on innovative issues, working solutions and should address the conference theme.  All presenters are expected to register for the full conference. Presenters are eligible for the Early Bird registration rate (even after the close of Early Bird registration).

Please note that the submission deadline is Sunday, December 22, 2014.
Before submitting your proposal, please read the USDLA 2015 Call for Proposal Details.


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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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November 19, 2014

Plugged In | 11.19.14 | (powered by iNACOL)

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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Christensen Institute
Some of my most memorable moments from high school were learning to drive my parents’ Ford F-150. As it is with learning anything new, it took me a few months of practice before I felt comfortable changing lanes to cut across traffic, accelerating…
Associated Press
President Barack Obama says the United States needs to bring its schools into the 21st century when it comes to technology. Obama says less than 40 percent of public schools have high-speed Internet in their classrooms. He says that’s not good for the…
It was a typical Wednesday evening in mid-October at our home. My wife and I were sitting on our couch. She was correcting papers, and I was doing some work on my laptop for school the next day. My wife suddenly exclaimed out loud, but somewhat to…
Huffington Post
Since the 1970s we’ve known of Moore’s Law, which states the processing power of computers will double every two years. Forty years later, computers are presumably a million times more powerful. The education world is finally beginning to harness this…
Hechinger Report
The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to US…
While Silicon Valley is well-known as the tech capital of the world, it’s not surprising that it’s become a one stop shop for school leaders in the market for new school models. While it’s home to charter schools such as Summit Public Schools and Rocketship…
While the rows of education apps crowding teachers’ iPads are meant to help manage a classroom, there is increasing concern about the management of student data tracked in those apps. Following an article published Monday in the New York Times…
Washington Post
The jury is still out on how much, exactly, students benefit from having tablets in the classroom. But as a part of its large and ongoing effort to keep hold of the education technology market, Apple released a video Tuesday to show how students benefit…
Getting Smart
Student-centered and personalized learning have gained support and momentum as a powerful tool for student success. There are now few education conferences that one can attend, that don’t highlight several opportunities to better expand your knowledge…
Sunshine Coast Daily
Apple or Android fans may disagree, but ask anyone dealing daily with the sharing of information and they’ll tell you: It’s not about the device, it’s about the access. In a day when students and teachers need to be able to grab information, communication…


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iNACOL Webinar | 11/20 – National Online & Blended Teacher of the Year: Building Better Connections in Online and Blended Learning Environments

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iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar

Thursday, November 20th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm ET (register)
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, iNACOL will present a Teacher Talk Webinar featuring Carrie Madden, recipient of the 2014 iNACOL Innovator Award for Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year. Carrie will share ideas, insight and tools relating to “Building Better Connections in Online and Blended Learning Environments”.
Effective teaching in new learning models builds upon the best of traditional classroom methods using emerging tools and technology to differentiate learning for each student. Through this webinar, Carrie, an award-winning science instructor at Georgia Virtual School, will share best practices for communicating with and engaging students through personalized and authentic feedback.

This webinar is free to attend, but please register HERE for final details and login information.


  • Carrie Madden, Science Instructor, Georgia Virtual School
About iNACOL
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit
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Canadian eLearning Network Update & PD Opportunity Tomorrow

This showed up in my inbox a few hours ago…

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn).  This message is being sent to new members, those who signed up for the CANeLearn newsletter, and those who expressed interest in our developing network.

As a start up organization we continue to be reliant on our volunteerism, progress has a bit slower than we would like.  Collectively active CANeLearn members have been busy building the foundations for our organization – from functional website and database for research to an online community for members to share, network, and learn with each other.  We still are very much in start up phase, but anticipate turning the corner in 2015 which is shaping to be an exciting year where new initiatives will come to a level of fruition that members will value and appreciate.

To that end, this email (not our “newsletter” just yet!) is intended to provide a quick update on activity, and to encourage you to join our first member-based online PD event tomorrow.  We have an active public PD Google calendar posted on the website that you can check out or sync to.  It will list events of specific interest to CANeLearn members and those active in blended and online learning.

Read and scroll below for updates and links to read more.  Questions?  Please let me know.  We are hoping to launch our new member community site and newsletter in the coming weeks.  If you have not signed up for the newsletter as yet, please click the link below to do so:

Yours in learning,


R. LaBonte
Canadian eLearning Network
http://CANeLearn.netCell: 250-701-7485

Online PD Session Tomorrow (Nov.20): Engaging Online Learners Through E-Chats – 1:00 PM Eastern

  • In this webinar you will be given a brief introduction to Nova Scotia Virtual School and to e-chats. We will share with you some original research completed by one of our teachers for her Master’s programme and two teachers will share with you some ways that they are applying this research as they engage students during the synchronous part of our online program for high school students.  There will be time for questions and discussion during the webinar.
  • This webinar is sponsored by the Canadian E-Learning Network and is presented by a member organization- The Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS).

Register here:


iNACOL Awards Nominees and Winner

  • Four outstanding programs and educators were recognized by the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) as nominees for one of four innovation awards presented by iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning The iNACOL Innovator Awards recognize learning practices, new research and individual achievements in the field blended and online learning.
  • CANeLearn nominees were:

iNACOL and BIT Conferences

  • At the iNACOL Symposium ( forty people attended the CANeLearn panel presentation and were receptive to our work, with many indicating interest in staying connected with the network.  New contacts were made both with delegates as well as potential new sponsors.  In addition the folks associated with iNACOL and its partners (Susan Patrick, Alison Powell, Matt Wicks, and Kathryn Kennedy to name a few) were again very supportive and the conversations with them effective and will continue to keep CANeLearn on their radar.
  • At the BIT conference ( there was lots of interest in CANeLearn.  In particular, support from Doug Peterson and Cyndie Jacobs, conference organizers, along with Alison Slack & Terri Reid board members who attended with Verena, helped put an indelible stamp for CANeLearn in Ontario in a similar but much larger way than our July 7 event at York University.

CANeLearn Centre for Innovation

  • A Pan-Canadian English 10 project is in the planning stages, starting with curriculum mapping and integrating materials provided by teachers from across Canada.  Target date for completion is June 2015.  Content and material will be available to teachers from within the Canvas platform (a supporting partner), or will be exportable from Canvas for use on another LMS.
  • Doug Petersen has offered to support a team of teachers to meet and learn about blogging. Doug will share their blogs and information through CANeLearn’s network and blog site.
  • An online webinar series is being launched with the first session hosted by a member, Nova Scotia Virtual School,this Thursday at 1:00 pm Eastern.  Information and registration can be found here
  • Finally, a proposal was submitted for doing research on building trust online.  The proposal was done in partnership with Michigan Virtual Research Institute and the University of Victoria, and it is hoped it will help support interest in CANeLearn and its work.
Upcoming Conferences
  • Check out the upcoming member-based provincial events

Research & State of the Nation

  • CANeLearn is a partner in the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute/iNACOL Research Clearinghouse ( and will be contributing to the database as well as building its own specific to Canadian research
  • CANeLearn has launched the next iteration of the State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada ( and has sent out email requests for updated information from provincial contacts
  • A call will go out to specific individuals for “vignettes” to provide insight into innovative practices, and members or interested parties are welcome to contact us to contribute to the research
  • Materials will be compiled on the new WordPress website and tagged for searching.
  • Sponsorship has been solicited with the following sponsors confirmed: Desire2Learn Corporation, LEARN, Heritage Christian School, Virtual High School, and i-edit

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