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August 27, 2015

MVLRI Customer Satisfaction Survey

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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We’re writing to gather feedback on how we’re doing and how we can improve. In this short survey, we would like to get your feedback on our various initiatives so that we can better meet the needs of the research community. The survey will take no longer than five minutes to complete. We greatly appreciate your time and feedback! The survey can be found at http://survey.mivu.org/opinio/s?s=3112. Thank you for your participation and your continued support of MVLRI.

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect and require only an audio output device. Attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions using the text chat window.

To view a list of all of our upcoming webinars or to see recordings and information about our past sessions, visit our Webinars Page!

MVLRI’s Summer Research Collaborative will be held Wednesday, 8/26 at 2pm EDT. This is an opportunity for researchers to meet virtually and share feedback on one another’s work, as well as share and learn about any collaboration opportunities on grants, research, publications. etc. You can join this week’s meeting by logging intohttps://connect.mivu.org/mvlri at the time of the meeting. We hope to see you there!
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NCVPS Registration Update

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Greetings, North Carolina districts and schools! We have several urgent registration updates for you. If you are in the district office, please forward this to your school-level NCVPS stakeholders.

Classes Started & Late Adds

NCVPS classes began on August 24, and we are now in our late add period. ELAs can still register students in our registration system through September 4. That is our tenth day of class.

Please note that students who start late will have work that they need to catch up on, and they may need extra support from the school in getting started. Our teachers are prepared for late starters, however!  They are aware that students can be added to their classes through September 4, and they will work with students to help them catch up.

Also, note that once a student is registered, it may take up to two business days before the student can access his or her course. As long as the registration system says “enrolled” or “enrollment pending,” the student has a definite seat in the course, and you do not have to open a ticket if the student does not have immediate access. If the student can’t log in after two days, then either the student or the ELA can open a ticket with the support center (but just one person, please).

Courses at Capacity

 

We have several courses at capacity that will be very difficult to get into this semester. The only way that a student can come off the waitlist for a course that is at capacity is if an enrolled student were to drop. Japanese, in particular, will be very difficult to get into. It has been at capacity since last spring.

 

Please follow this link to see our list of courses that are at capacity.

 

Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas

Be sure that students are aware that we have courses in three different platforms.  Many students who have courses in Blackboard are trying to log in to Moodle, and their passwords will not work on that platform.

Students can check which platform their classes are in on our log-in page. Have them scroll down this page to check:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/student-bbmoodle-login/

 

Password Resets

 

If students have their correct email addresses in the registration system (this is important for a number of reasons), then they can use the password-reset feature on the Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas login pages.

 

 

Virtual Support Center Tickets

 

We have a large number of similar ticket requests in our Virtual Support Center that we would like to address.  Our year-end transition (YET) sync from PowerSchool had some formatting issues that sent many student accounts to the wrong schools, and many other students were left unassigned to any school. We are in the process of fixing that right now!

When you open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center, please be sure to include the following information in your ticket:

Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)

The student’s first and last name (if the ticket concerns a student)

The student’s PowerSchool ID number

Course name if it’s an issue with a particular course. Include the specific section (i.e., CourseSec01Spring15).

If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:

Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)

The student’s first and last name

The student’s PowerSchool ID number

The student’s email address

The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)

Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No

Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No

If you need a student transferred into your school’s account from another school’s account, please include the following information:

Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)

The student’s first and last name

The student’s PowerSchool ID number

Ticket Confirmations

After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).

This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.

 

Thank you all for your patience!

 

Adam
Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,

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NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

26 August 2015: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate K12, Inc. alert from yesterday…

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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 26, 2015
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News Activity: ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT), K12 (NYSE:LRN), PMFG (NASDAQ:PMFG), GenVec

K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN) ended the last trading day at $12.28. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 4.45% and price to cash ratio as 2.40. K12, Inc.
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August 26, 2015

iNACOL Plugged In | 08.26.15

A final word from neo-liberals…

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN
  08.26.15

Dear Colleagues:

Here is an update on our upcoming webinars, award nominations and the latest trends and news.

iNACOL Webinar on Game-Based Learning

On August 27, 2015, iNACOL is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar titled Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom. Presenter Lee Graham, PhD at University of Alaska Southeast, will explore how Minecraft, a game-based learning platform, is entering classrooms and being used as a tool to personalize learning. This webinar is free to attend, but please register to receive final login details. Visit the events section of the iNACOL website to register for upcoming webinars.

iNACOL Innovator Awards

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates four education pioneers for their work in blended and online learning through the iNACOL Innovator Awards, presented at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Nominations are now being accepted. Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8:00pm ETon August 31, 2015 to awards@inacol.org. Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards section of our website.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium Highlights Preview
I wanted to share some highlights of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium this November 8-11 in Orlando. This blog post provides highlights of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium sessions, iNACOL…

Global Highlights: A Scan of High-Performing Countries Using Elements of Competency-Based Education
Policymakers and educators in the U.S. can learn important lessons from high-performing education systems around the world. Last year,CompetencyWorks (an iNACOL initiative) surveyed and studied several…

Making Blended and Online Learning Accessible to All Learners
Blended and online learning hold great potential to better meet the needs of students with disabilities with personalization and adaptive learning. However, that potential can only be realized if new learning environments are designed…

iNACOL in the News

Assessing Competency-Based Education in Terms of Outcomes
Education Dive
Higher education has long been consumed with access rather than outcomes, but developing metrics for monitoring competency-based programs could provide an opportunity to change that. If nontraditional programs are going to…

Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says
EdWeek
A new report traces the evolution of “blended learning,” and argues that its value to the nation’s schools will hinge on the extent to which it can help educators tailor instruction to individual student needs. The International Association for…

Shifting the Professional Development Paradigm for K-12 Online Learning
Forbes
Previously we discussed the landscape of online learning in higher education. The ground is shifting in K-12 education as well, and learning online is now not only an option for many students, but in some states a legislative mandate…

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Orlando, Florida | November 8-11, 2015

iNACOL is pleased to announce the line-up of pre-conference workshopsscheduled to kick off the 2015 Symposium. Registration for pre-conference workshops is limited to ensure small group interactions and discussions, so please register for the session as soon as possible.

As a reminder, we are now accepting nominations for the 2015 iNACOL Innovator Awards. Only five days remain to provide your intent to nominate for the iNACOL Innovator Awards. Nominate your peers today.

Register for the Symposium here, and join the conversation on twitter using#inacol15.

Upcoming Webinars
Webinar | Accountability and Assessments to Support Student-Centered Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, August 27, 2015 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Presenters include Susan Patrick and Maria Worthen from iNACOL.
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar | Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 27, 2015 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Leadership Webinar | Realizing the Promise: Making Blended and Online Learning Accessible to All Learners
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

The NROC Project Webinar | Back-to-School with NROC: Fresh, No-Cost Resources for Student Success
Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar | Google Apps for Education: The Fresh Air Curriculum
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:007:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Eight Ways Educators Help Parents Promote Powerful Learning
Tom Vander Ark, EdWeek

Bill Gates: Why the Best Ideas in Education Come From the Classroom
Bill Gates, EdSurge

NC Virtual School Goal: Every Child, Every Class, Every Day
Carl Durocher, The News & Observer

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class
Katrina Schwartz, KQED/MindShift

How Assistive Technology is Changing Special Education
Philip Murphy, The Edvocate

What It’s Like to Teach GenDIY Students at Career Path High
Jessika Chandler, Huffington Post Education

Can Personalization Fix Education?
Natalie Wexler, The Washington Post

Canton High School to Offer Students Chinese Language
Ken Byron, Hartford Courant

Kettle Moraine Stands Out With High Achievement, Global Push
Alan J. Borsuk, Journal Sentinel

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iNACOL Innovator Award Nominations

A final item from Monday’s inbox…

Notices of intent to nominate due by 8/31/15
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Each year, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) honors and celebrates four education pioneers for their work in blended and online learning. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, held in Orlando, Florida from November 8-11.

You can read more about each award, including the Research Award, by clickinghere.

Please submit a notice of you intent to nominate by 8:00pm ET on August 31, 2015. Final nomination packages are due by September 14, 2015. Please send all intents to nominate and any suggestions to awards@inacol.org.

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect and require only an audio output device. Attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions using the text chat window.

To view a list of all of our upcoming webinars, visit our Webinars Page!

MVLRI’s Summer Research Collaborative will be held Wednesday, 8/26 at 2pm EDT. This is an opportunity for researchers to meet virtually and share feedback on one another’s work, as well as share and learn about any collaboration opportunities on grants, research, publications. etc. You can join this week’s meeting by logging intohttps://connect.mivu.org/mvlri at the time of the meeting. We hope to see you there!
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