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March 27, 2015

[CNIE-L] Invitation to CIDER session ­- 1 April 2015 | Invitation à un atelier de « CIDER » – le 1er avril 2015

From Thursday’s inbox…

Dear CNIE Member,

We invite you to the April CIDER session of our special ten-part Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This free, online session will feature D. Randy Garrison and Zehra Akyol.

Title: The Development of a Shared Metacognition Construct and Survey Instrument for Communities of Inquiry

This session presents the second stage of a research project to develop a metacognition construct and instrument for the purpose of understanding and assessing the structure and dynamics of metacognition in a collaborative learning environment. The genesis of the shared metacognitive construct using the Community of Inquiry theoretical framework will also be described. The results of this study confirmed the shared metacognition dimensions of self and co-regulation. The researchers will lead a discussion on the practical implications of this work.

When: Wednesday, April 1, 201511am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

The CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinar Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website at is acting as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:


Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.


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AERA15 Insider – March 2015

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

Open AERA15 Insider in your browser.

AERA15 Insider
March 2015

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research and a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow’s education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world. Leading up to the 2015 Annual Meeting, AERA15 Insider will provide a monthly glance at meeting highlights and features. We invite you to join us Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 20 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.

In this Issue:

Download the AERA Annual Meeting Mobile App

Reps. Bobby Scott and Mike Honda to Address National Education Issues

Policy Leaders Headline Sessions

Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Spotlight on New AERA Books

Final Paper Upload Deadline Is March 26

Get Your Bearings at the Welcoming Orientation

April 16–20, 2015

Register Now


Key Date

  • March 26 – Paper Upload Deadline

Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips
Download the AERA Annual Meeting Mobile App 

The AERA Annual Meeting mobile app is ready for downloading. The new app will keep your day much more structured all from the palm of your hand. With the app, you’ll be able to add sessions to your schedule and sync between your multiple devices; search speakers; stay up-to-date with real time alerts; and engage through social media. Download the app by searching your app store for “AERA Meetings.” Once you have installed the app, select the 2015 Annual Meeting program and click “download.” Click here for more details.

Congressional Speakers at the Annual Meeting
Rep. Bobby Scott and Rep. Mike Honda to Address National Education Issues

Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Mike Honda (D-CA) will provide perspectives from Capitol Hill on key education issues. Scott, ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will address the education agenda for the 114th Congress. Honda, as a panelist on a session titled “Linking Our Struggles: Visioning a Different Future,” will discuss educational equity. More details on Rep. Scott’s session to come.

A Focus on Research and Science Policy
Policy Leaders Headline Sessions

Federal science and research officials will focus on emerging topics in—and the intersection between—education research and school, education, and science policy. An engaging line-up of research and science policy sessions covers a range of key issues, including the future of IES and NCES, replication in education research, strategies for connecting education research to policymakers and the public, and proposed changes to FERPA.
Advance Your Skills
Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 27-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more. Check out courses and learn how to register.

Spotlight on New Research Books
Learn More About New AERA-Published Volumes

Three new AERA books—Socializing Intelligence Through Academic Talk and Dialogue, Interest in Mathematics and Science Learning, and LBGTQ Issues in Education: Advancing a Research Agenda—will be released at the Annual Meeting. Hear from editors and noted experts at three individual sessions about how these volumes advance scholarship in critical emerging areas of education research.

Reminder to Presenters
Final Paper Upload Deadline Is March 26

Annual Meeting presenters have until March 26 to upload final versions of their papers to the online Annual Meeting submission system. The final paper should include any additional research findings and conclusions from the time of submission. It also should address the elements required for submission in greater detail and should expand upon the initial 2,000 word paper.Click here for additional information and upload instructions.

New to AERA or the Annual Meeting?
Get Your Bearings at the Welcoming Orientation

New members and first-time meeting attendees are encouraged to attend an hour-long orientation session the morning of April 17. Chaired by AERA President Joyce E. King, President-Elect Jeannie Oakes, and Executive Director Felice J. Levine, this session will offer an opportunity to navigate the Annual Meeting and learn more about AERA and its members.

Annual Meeting Page
Housing, Travel, & Tourism
Presenter and Participant Info
Exhibitors, Sponsors, Advertising
Professional Development
Grad Student Resources
Press Info and Registration
Meeting Info & Accessibility
Contact AERA
2015 Annual Meeting
“Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in
Education Research and Praxis”
Thursday, April 16Monday, April 20, 2015
Chicago, Illinois


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The Pulse Newsletter: March Edition

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
The Pulse. A newsletter for FLVS Parents and Students
The Pulse Newsletter: March Edition
Dear Michael,

Do you know what’s trending among students?


Find out in the March edition of The Pulse newsletter.


Happy reading!


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NCVPS E-lert for March 26, 2015

From yesterday’s inbox…

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. If you are having difficulty view this email, you may view it as a web page here.
March 26, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
March 26 – 1st 9-week grades for traditional calendar posted in the registration system.
March 26 – Progress reports for early calendar and credit recovery courses posted in the registration system.
March 30 – Registration for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 opens.

Celebrate & Connect
Success Stories

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Help us celebrate 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 submit your celebration.

Connect with us on Twitter!Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

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

Current E-lert News

Registration for the 2015-2016 School Year
Registration for the 2015 – 2016 school year will open on March 30. This will include registration for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015. We anticipate that registration for Spring 2016 will open in the first week of April.


DPI has not released the new allotment totals yet for districts and charter schools.  We will start districts and charters with their allotment totals that they had for the 2014 – 2015 school year.  We will then adjust when the new numbers come in after the General Assembly passes the state’s new budget bill. You will likely see an increase in your allotment totals after the adjustment.


If you have any difficulties, please open a ticket at the Virtual Support Center here:

NCVPS Catalogue Updates
NCVPS has posted its course listing for the 2015-2016 school year on our catalogue page here.


Below are some highlights to note.


1. Following the name change by the State Board of Education, Civics and Economics has been renamed to American History:  The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics. This name change is effective in the fall of 2015.


2. The following courses are being revised and will not be offered in the 2015-16 school year:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP European
  • AP Latin
  • AP Statistics
  • Latin 3 (will return in the spring of 2016)

3. Calculus Honors is being removed from the catalog due to low enrollment.


4. NCVPS is unable to offer German through Oklahoma State University at this time.   In order to be compliant with North Carolina’s Information Technology System’s procedures, NCVPS is required to complete an RFP process in order to offer German and will be completing this process during the 2015-2016 school year.  If it is possible to offer German courses at any time during the 2015-2016 school year, the course catalog will be updated and information sent out to all stakeholders.


To enroll in German courses directly with Oklahoma State University, please visit the website:


5. The following courses are new to the 2015-16 NCVPS course catalogue:

  • Middle School Creative Writing
  • Visual Arts Specialization (6-8): Middle School Art
  • Visual Arts Specialization (6-8): Middle School Discovering Photography
  • AP Physics 2
  • Forensic Science (Previously offered as a STEM course)

Traditional Calendar Grade Report – Posted March 26
See how your students are progressing!
This is the first weighted grade report for traditional calendar classes.


Look for the report with this title: “Spring 2015 Third Grading Period Rpt Due March 24, 2015 (includes EC).” This will mark the third grading period for yearlong classes. It is the first grading period report for traditional block classes, though.


Here is how we weight our grades:


Standard Grading Scale for Block Classes

37.5%     (First Grade Report)

37.5%  (Second Grade Report)

*Final Exam/Project: 25%


Standard Grading Scale for Yearlong Classes

18.75%  (First Grade Report)

18.75%  (Second Grade Report)

18.75%  (Third Grade Report)

18.75%  (Fourth Grade Report)

25%       (Final Exam/Project)*


*EOC and CTE Courses


The Final Exam for EOC and CTE courses will be the EOC and VoCATS score. Schools are responsible for the administration of all EOC and CTE tests. For those courses, the grades NCVPS reports to the school will be 75% of the final grade. Schools will score the EOCs and CTEs and average in the remaining 25% to determine the final grade.


*SAT Prep will not have a final exam because of the two-part nature of the course.


All other courses have their final exams or final projects online in the course.

The following fields are on our first weighted grade reports:


Grading Period 3 = All traditional calendar and early calendar courses will report a numeric grade here.


Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.


Progress Report Details:


1. This report will ALSO show the early calendar weighted grades from the March 12 grade report.


2. The grade column is titled “Grading Period 3″ because this will be the third grade report for yearlong classes. This is the first grade report for spring block early calendar courses, though. Please keep that in mind.


3. Even if a student is supposed to be dropped, we will report a grade until the school withdraws the student.


4. Credit recovery students will have a “Null” grade on this report. They do not have weight grades. See their progress on the separate progress report posted on this same date.



Sample Grade Report


Supporting Links:


Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.


Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Progress Reports Posted for Early Calendar and Credit Recovery - March 26
See how your students are progressing!


A progress report was posted in the registration system on Feb. 26. The report is titled “2015 Spring YL, Block, CR Progress Report Due March 10, 2015.” This is an unweighted progress report.


The following fields are on this report:


Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.


Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.


Number of Modules  = This field is used for CR only.


Status = This field is used for CR only.


Sample Progress Report

Progress Report Details:


1. All standard classes will report a progress grade, and teachers will leave a comment for each student.


2. We do not report grades for OCS classes. Classroom teachers determine OCS grades.


3. We do not report grades for credit recovery classes. See the comments section to determine if the student is on pace or not.


4. Even if a student is supposed to be dropped, we will report a grade until the school withdraws the student.


Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.


Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

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.

NCVPS Peer Tutoring

Check out one of our peer tutoring sessions. We captured this in a time-lapse video.

The NCVPS Peer Tutoring program uses the Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM) system to connect tutors to students. NCVPS has multiple tutors for each course that is supported in the program.


There are several features in BBIM that facilitate the tutoring process:


The White Board: Tutors use this feature to show students how to work problems in math and science as well as to brainstorm and present material in new and innovative ways.


Screen Sharing: This feature allows our tutors to see what the student sees.  This is commonly used to help students turn in assignments correctly, see instructions written by the teacher, and for more advanced hands-on subjects like computer programming where seeing the assignment as it’s done by the student and how the program runs is important.  It’s also helpful to see what buttons students are clicking while they are doing the assignment in case that’s were their error is.


Chat Save: The ability to save chats is helpful for evaluating our tutors and quality control measures.


Voice Feature: This feature allows the tutor to speak with the students.


In short, BBIM allows our peer tutors to give real time instruction as needed to our NCVPS tutors.

AP Test for NCVPS Courses

Please forward this message to your school’s AP testing coordinator.


Be sure to input the NCVPS code (045) into the “Online Provider Code” found on page 1, item G of the student’s AP answer sheet during administration of the exam.


This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of the student’s May 2015 test scores for our records.


These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS.

Chromebook Issues
silver-keyboard2.jpgNCVPS leadership would like to remind school-based technologists that Chromebooks are not on our list of supported hardware specifications.  Students will struggle to successfully complete NCVPS courses with a Chromebook as their primary technology resource.  The collaborative tools, java content, pull down menus and submission of assessments can all be problematic and/or non-functional in NCVPS courses.

While we realize it can be a challenge for districts to supply technology resources for students, allowing students to attempt their coursework on a Chromebook will have a major impact on student success. This negative impact is seen by NCVPS on a regular basis.

Please take a look at NCVPS technology requirements (see below) to gain further information on system resources students will need to be successful in NCVPS courses.

Tech Updates
Below are some tips and reminders to help you have a wonderful school year!
Opening a Ticket


When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:

  • Students first & last name
  • ID number (This will help to insure we have the correct student)
  • Course name – including specific section ex: CourseSec01Spring15.
Replying to a Support Center Ticket

Reply back to a ticket by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of a help reply email will keep all students information secure and will attach your information directly to the ticket.
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Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)

Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.

Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard

If a student’s e-mail is missing or shows pleaseadd@ncvps – the student will not receive important e-mails from their teachers.
Please have students confirm/update their email information by following these steps:
In Moodle:

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

In Blackboard:

  • Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
  • Click on setting
  • Click on Personal Information
  • Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and Submit 

Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages


Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:






In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:


Registration System:


Virtual Support Center:


Password Reset 


If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket in your email account to access the new password or click “Forgot Password” on the Moodle or Blackboard login pages.
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)

  • Math 2 – Fuel Education
  • Psychology – Edmentum
  • English 3 – OdysseyWare
  • Physics – Edgenuity
  • Physical Science – Edgenuity
  • Earth and Environmental Science – Edgenuity

NCVPS Middle School Courses

The NCVPS catalog is growing. We will offer four middle school courses next year. Check out our catalog for details.

View our full course catalog here.

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[DEANZ] DEANZ Update And More

One for my Kiwi readers…

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