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November 20, 2014

iNACOL Symposium Recap/Quick Survey?/Help Wanted!/Regional Conference Proposals

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iNACOL Online and Blended Learning Symposium
Help Us Improve With a Quick Survey
Help Wanted!
Submit Your Regional Conference Proposals
CPE Rubric for Course Improvement
Welcome New Subscribers
Meeting Standards
Congratulations to the following organization that recently had courses meet QM standards:
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Upcoming 2014/2015 Workshop Dates

 

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium Report

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It was great to see so many QM supporters at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. We hope you had a chance to stop by our booth and say hello! We were fortunate to participate in some exciting conversations about quality assurance in online and blended course design. We hope you did, too. The connections you made can be instrumental in helping you build consensus when instituting and sustaining your quality assurance efforts.

QM was proud to sponsor the 2014 Keeping Pace Report, published by the Evergreen Education Group and released at the Symposium, which tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states.

Did you sit in on one of the sessions in which QM was involved? The research panel presentation, Preparing Teacher for Success in K-12 Online and Blended Contexts: Research from the Field, included K-12 Program Director Christine Voelker and gave an overview of the literature review conducted to inform the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric, Second Edition. In Climbing the Vendor Vine: Finding the Right Online Course Content, Chris outlined the footholds school systems can use to evaluate how closely third-part content aligns with your content standards and student need.

Thank you for your continued support of continuous improvement and quality assurance in K-12 education. We’ll see you next year!

Time for a Quick Survey?

In an effort to provide you with tools and services that you value, QM is asking you to take a quick nine-question survey about how you would like to be recognized for your professional development accomplishments. The survey is anonymous and should take 10 minutes or less to complete. Results will be kept confidential and used to make decisions about providing the community with valuable services and tools. The survey closes Monday, December 1, 2014.

Thank you for your help!

Help Wanted!
 

QM is looking to contract with those of you who employ best practices in one or more of the areas listed below to serve as subject matter experts on the development of exciting new professional development opportunities.

All of these topics refer to the online classroom:

  • Online Classroom Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Promoting Student Engagement and Interaction (Discussion forums, etc.)
  • Mentoring Online Students
  • Promoting Student Self-Reflection
  • Netiquette
  • Encouraging Self-Directed Learners
  • Designing Collaborative Projects

Interested? contact K-12 Program Director Christine Voelker (cvoelker@qualitymatters.org) for more details.

Regional Conference Calls for Proposals Open

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Submit your proposals for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference being held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before Wednesday, December 10. Develop your proposals based on a track in one of several formats.

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The Call for Proposals for the QM Works in the Great Pacific Northwest Regional Conference is open. Submit your proposals before Tuesday, December 16. The Conference is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, Seattle, Washington. Choose from one of several tracks in a variety of formats.

Improve The Quality of Your School’s Professional Development with the CPE Rubric
Are you providing your educators with the best-designed, highest-quality professional development possible? QM’s research-supported Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Rubric can assist in the design and evaluation of instructor-led, mentored, or self-managed online and blended courses that have pass/fail, skills-based or other completion or certification criteria, but do not carry academic credit. The CPE Rubric may be used to design, improve, or evaluate professional training and personal development courses like those your school or institution offers.

 

Contact QM’s K-12 Program Coordinator to learn more about the CPE Rubric.

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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:

http://java.com/en/download/manual_java7.jsp

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 15.0.0.189:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

 

Chromebooks

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:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-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 Karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

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November 19, 2014

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News…

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…
CompetencyWorks
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…
EdSurge
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…
Marketplace
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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Regional Conference Proposals/Help QM Recognize YOU/Better Courses with Professional Development

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Share Ideas on the Future of Education with Your Regional Conference Proposal 

QM 2015 Mid Atlantic Regional Conf

Submit your proposals for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference being held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before Wednesday, December 10. Develop your proposals based on atrack in one of several formats.

 

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The Call for Proposals for QM Works in the Great Pacific Northwest Regional Conference is open. Submit your proposals before Tuesday, December 16. The Conference is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, in Seattle, Washington. Choose from one of several tracks in a variety of formats.

Warm Up to Professional Development with the QM Winter Institute
 

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Get tools and strategies you’ll use to improve your courses right away during the Winter Institute! Winter Institute sessions:
  • take just two hours per day
  • can help improve existing courses or with the design of new ones
  • feature four highly-interactive web conferencing workshops per session
  • are available in December and January
The Winter Institute will help you:
  • connect learning objectives and assessments
  • identity effective tools for assessment
  • address accessibility policies and statements
  • improve readability and usability
Each Winter Institute session is just $250 for subscribers and $450 for non-subscribers, a $50 savings!
The December Winter Institute theme is Alignment: Helping Learners Attain Desired Outcomes and runs December 15-18, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. ET.

The January Winter Institute theme is Accessibility and Usability: Meet the Needs of All Learners and runs January 5-8, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. ET.

 

How Would You Like to Be Recognized by QM?
 

In an effort to provide you with tools and services that you value, QM is asking you to take a quick nine-question survey about how you would like to be recognized for your professional development accomplishments. The survey is anonymous and should take 10 minutes or less to complete. Results will be kept confidential and used to make decisions about providing the community with valuable services and tools. The survey closes Monday, December 1, 2014.

Thank you for your help!

Focus on Your Learners: Improve Courses with Professional Development 
Learn more about effective course design and improving existing courses in QM’s professional development workshops. We offer two-week, online, facilitated workshops at convenient times for you. Register now for the following workshops:
IYOC logoImproving Your Online Course (start date 12/4) explores the QM Rubricand provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their online courses and develop a course improvement plan.

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Designing Your Blended Course (start date 12/4) provides a framework to build a blended course. This framework will work with any combination of face-to-face and online elements. Participants use the QM Rubric to review key blended elements and develop a course development plan.

Quality Matters at New Mexico State University
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Sharon Lalla, Ed.D. (left) and Susie Bussman, Ph.D., New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, discuss getting buy-in and support for a QM-focused research project at their institution. An excerpt:
When QM announced new research opportunities, we reviewed the the Noel-LevitzPriorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) and a project with DropThought using its tools for semantic analysis of student feedback on their online courses. We chose the Noel-Levitz PSOL because:
  1. the survey already exists
  2. the survey questions about quality align with QM Standards
  3. there is an option for us to add a few unique questions
  4. involvement would not take a lot of time if we could get buy-in from administration and realistically complete an IRB application in the fall for a spring survey distribution.

So, we began the research process.

In This Issue
Submit Proposals for Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest Regional Conferences
Get Cozy in the Winter Institute
Tell Us How to Celebrate You!
Improve Course Quality with Professional Development
Quality Matters at New Mexico State University
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Minnesota’s Statewide Model: Leveraging Collaboration to Improve Course Quality
QM Success Storieswebinars are designed exclusively for subscribers and presented by your colleagues. These free webinars offer participants unique opportunities to hear subscribers discuss QM implementation and course design that meets QM Standards.
Elizabeth McMahon
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Elizabeth McMahon, Statewide QM Coordinator, Minnesota Online Quality Initiative, Northland Community and Technical College will presentMinnesota’s Statewide Model: Leveraging Collaboration to Improve Course Qualityon Friday, December 12at 1 p.m. ET. Attend this session to learn how the MOQI model invites broad collaboration among all its subscribing institutions.
Join your colleagues at the next QM Success Stories webinar and learn how QM helped their institutions.
QM Wants YOU To Become a Research Colleague
QM is now accepting applications for Research Colleagues (RCs). QM subscribers and the public look to QM for documentation of scholarly literature related to quality course design. The assistance and support of these RCs in invaluable in tracking, documenting and analyzing the scholarly research that informs the continuing reflection on and improvement of QM quality standards. Join theResearch Colleagues and help QM and others stay up-to-date on the latest in research on quality assurance and continuous improvement in education.
Don’t Forget to Complete the Rubric Update

The online Rubric Update is available for free to the QM community. It explains the differences between the 2011-13 Rubric and the Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014. Registration is required. You can register for the Rubric Update using your MyQM login.

  1. Log in to MyQM
  2. Select the Higher Education tab
  3. Select the “Workshop – Register” menu
  4. Select “Register for Rubric Update
  5. Choose “Invoice” for payment (fee is $0).

If you hold a role with Quality Matters, including Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, or Certified Facilitator, you will have to complete the Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 to maintain your role.

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At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About OutsourcingLifetime residents of Maine tend to look askance at people who are “from away,” an epithet reserved for transplants, summer vacationers, and college students. Such people might mean well, the thinking goes, but ultimately they do not belong. Wired Campus Full Article

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Accidental ExposureProQuest will no longer sell the dissertations in its database through third-party retailers such as Amazon, the company announced on Monday, responding to confused scholars who found their research for sale online. Inside Higher Education Full Article

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Saying No to Fully OnlineUF Online, the University of Florida’s online education arm, won’t offer a political science degree after the department, concerned about quality and the state’s shifting leadership, voted against the idea. Inside Higher Education Full Article

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