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October 18, 2017

Recommended Courses For You

Note the “Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom” and “The Virtual Teacher” MOOCs listed below.

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Recommendations for you.

We combed our catalog and found courses and Specializations that we think match your interests. Browse our recommendations below, and start learning something new today!

Information & Digital Literacy for University Success

The University of Sydney

Starts Oct 23, 2017

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools

University of Houston System

Starts Oct 16, 2017

Virtual Teacher

University of California, Irvine | 5 Course Specialization

Starts Oct 30, 2017

What future for education?

University of London, UCL Institute of Education

Starts Oct 23, 2017

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Match Teacher Residency

Starts Oct 30, 2017

TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now!

Arizona State University | 4 Course Specialization

Starts Oct 23, 2017

Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

University of Colorado System | 4 Course Specialization

Starts Oct 16, 2017

Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Duke University, Emory University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Starts Oct 23, 2017

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach

University of London, UCL Institute of Education

Starts Nov 06, 2017

Social Entrepreneurship

Copenhagen Business School | 3 Course Specialization

Starts Nov 13, 2017

Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing

University of London, UCL Institute of Education, Dyslexia International

Starts Oct 30, 2017

Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Starts Oct 23, 2017

Engaging ELLs and Their Families in the School and Community

Arizona State University

Starts Oct 16, 2017

ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students

The State University of New York, The University at Buffalo

Starts Nov 06, 2017

Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms

Relay Graduate School of Education

Starts Oct 23, 2017

ELL Success in the Content Classroom: Teacher Toolbox Series

Arizona State University | 4 Course Specialization

Starts Oct 30, 2017

e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Starts Oct 16, 2017

Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes that Stick

Match Teacher Residency

Starts Oct 30, 2017

Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher

Relay Graduate School of Education

Starts Oct 30, 2017

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling

University of Houston System

Starts Nov 13, 2017

Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom

University of California, Irvine

Starts Nov 06, 2017

Learn English: Intermediate Grammar

University of California, Irvine | 4 Course Specialization

Starts Nov 06, 2017

Critical Issues in Urban Education

The University of Chicago

Starts Oct 23, 2017

Learning Mindsets & Skills

High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Starts Oct 23, 2017

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Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology in the Digital Learning Space, Part II

Also from Monday’s inbox…


This week, Dr. Kristen Betts, OLC faculty for the workshop, Bringing Theory to Practice through the Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, joins us on our blog, OLC Insights, to discuss her research projects as well as a variety of other topics. Learn more.


New and emerging research in the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences are providing insight into how we learn and transfer learning to real-world environments. This workshop is designed for individuals who work in education (instructors, administrators), professional development, or instructional design and are seeking to expand their knowledge about the mind, learning, memory, attention, motivation, and neurodiversity.

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In this course, participants will be introduced to the OLC and Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric and process. They will discuss its pedagogical and research foundations, and review its course quality review standards and associated criteria. Participants will complete a formal course review using OSCQR and recommend improvements and institutional implementation strategies, and as a culminating activity will create a customized version of the OSQCR rubric to address the course quality needs at their institution. Upon completion of this course, successful participants will be a qualified OSCQR trainer, enabling them to train faculty at their own institutions.

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USDLA 2018 Conference: Call For Proposals Now Open – Due 11/13/17

From Monday’s inbox…

USDLA 2018
Call for Proposals Now Open!
Submission Deadline:  Monday, November 13, 2017
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme, “Going The Distance.”
We welcome proposals from all corporate, education (higher and K-12), telehealth, government, and military. In keeping with our theme and our Indianapolis location, the following tracks are intended to guide the general areas of presentations:
Setting The Pace – This is for current state of the field presentations (“look what we did”) focused on sharing success stories, new program development, program enhancements demonstrating historical shifts.
Taking The Lead – Near term future vision (CBE, Alt credentials, etc.).  These sessions will discuss the future direction distance education is heading, should head, success metrics that are currently in place or should be developed to show value.
Down The Road – Longer future vision (AR/VR environments, DIYU).  This track specifically focuses on extending learning spaces using modern technologies and techniques.  Promises of AR/VR/MR, 3-d printing, immersive learning and simulations.
Fast Lane – Operational presentations that can focus on the how-to’s, operational planning, faculty and institutional engagement, operational shifts.
Keeping On Track – Presentations on policies, regulations, etc.  This track will cover policy development, issues with developing robust policies, balancing needs for quality vs. faculty shared governance, federal policies (NC-SARA, ADA).
Proposal Options Available
Concurrent information sessions provide an opportunity for you to give an interactive presentation in one or more of the conference topic areas. Conference attendees expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. The committee seeks high quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged. Also, the USDLA Program Committee may select your proposal to be featured in a panel along with other like presenters. (60 minutes)
Poster sessions allow presenters to prepare a standing tabletop poster that describes a project, process, research or other activity. Presenting a poster session will give you an opportunity to meet and network with a majority of conference attendees and USDLA Award Winners as these posters are displayed during the Awards Dinner Reception. (60 minutes)
Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues in the field of distance learning (3-hour sessions on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2-5pm (time subject to change.)
There will also be the potential to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means you will be viewed by face-to-face as well as remote attendees. You will be able to note your interest in doing this in the online proposal form and be advised if selected.
Preparing Your Proposal
The committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on issues, innovative working solutions, and should address the conference theme. All presenters and co-presenters (regardless of session type) will be expected to register for the full conference.
All conference proposals should be submitted using the Online Proposal Form.
For your information, the automated proposal system will ask you for the following, so please gather this information prior to the time of submission:
1)     Contact Information: the name and full contact information for the lead presenter and any co-presenters
2)     Session Title: a succinct, but descriptive title of no more than ten words
3)     Format: concurrent, poster, or pre-conference workshop
4)     Abstract: 50-words (or less) – Please note: the session abstract will be used in the printed program. Make sure it accurately reflects your session, as it will be what draws people to your presentation.
5)     Content: a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in no less than 300 words, not to exceed 500 words
6)     Conference Tracks(s): session can cover more than one track
7)     Audience Focus by Constituency: K-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, and telehealth – USDLA serves multiple constituencies, from the local, state, national, and global perspectives. Please tell us who will benefit from your session (may be more than one group; strongly encouraged.)
8)     Internet: standard setup of projector and screen provided – If Internet access is needed, you must include that information in your proposal. We cannot accommodate a request made during the conference. If you need sound please bring your own speakers.
9)     Virtual Session/Live Feed: indicate desire to be considered or not considered as a virtual presenter for virtual conference attendees
Review Criteria
Conference participants will expect well-delivered presentations containing quality information that is of practical value to their day-to-day professional lives. Members of the USDLA 2018 Conference Program Committee will look for clear descriptions. Considerable weight will be given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and clearly describe why the content will be valuable to attendees.
Specifically, reviewers will look for the following:
  • Topic relevance to distance learning and the conference theme, Going The Distance
  • Quality of the presentation: substance, clarity and consistency between the title, abstract, and content within the proposal; proposal organization
  • Measurable outcomes of the presentation
  • Evidence of innovation and effective practice
  • Audience breadth, engagement, and likelihood of future application
The conference will provide a standard set up (LCD data/video projector and screen). You will need to provide your own laptop computer. If you require Internet access for your session, please indicate so in your proposal. Please note that we are unable to provide audio resources (house sound or speakers) for concurrent and/or poster sessions.
Status of Proposal and Notification
The 2018 Program Committee will review proposals and you will be contacted about the status of yours by January 31, 2018. Presenters are eligible for the Early Bird registration rate even after the close of Early Bird registration.
We look forward to seeing you at USDLA 2018!
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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[AECT] News & Notes – October 16, 2017

Another newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

October 16, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

ALERT! The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville is looking forward to welcoming AECT for its annual convention. They have added additional rooms to our block, so be sure to use the hotel registration link to book your accommodations if you’ve not done so. Looking forward to seeing you in Jacksonville in a few weeks!

LOOKING TO SAVE? If you are looking to save on hotel expenses in Jacksonville and would consider a roommate, please let us know and we’ll try to match you up with another interested party. Email us at AECT.

3MT COMPETITION. AECT’s 3MT Competition has extended the deadline for the 3MT Preliminary Video Competition to October 22. Finalists will be chosen to present in person at AECT (November 102:45). This year’s Grand Prize is a TechSmith Camtasia license, and we also have fabulous book prizes from AECT and Springer. Graduate Student finalists will get swag including t-shirts from TechSmith!  Click herefor criteria and here for a link to the registration form. For any and all questions, please email Sylvia Rogers.

ARE YOU A LEADER? Are you a leader in AECT or in one of its divisions?  As a leader in an AECT division, your expertise is a valuable asset. The AECT Leadership Development Committee has prepared a special event for AECT and division leaders to engage in thoughtful conversation to learn what leadership looks like in our respective divisions. Join us Wednesday, November 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Conference Center A (3rd Level) for a lively discussion. Although this is a continuation of our work during Summer Leadership 2017, every AECT leader is welcomed. This interactive session will provide opportunities to meet other leaders and learn from them. We hope you can make time to attend this event. Please send any questions and your RSVP to M. Aaron Bond by October 31st.

DDL T-SHIRTS FOR SALE. DDL is excited to announce that we have t-shirts for sale with the new logo! With three styles and five colors available and domestic/international shipping, you can proudly represent the division and AECT where ever you go. All proceeds from sales will support DDL programming and awards, such as our co-sponsorship of the #AECTleads competition in Jacksonville. Visit to order today!

BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS. Come join us for this exciting event on Thursdaymorning in JAX. Tickets are still available for purchase [$5]. This AECT-sponsored continental breakfast convention tradition allows members to engage in conversations on research topics and interests with the top scholars and AECT leaders. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. The following are a few of this year’s 31 champions: Rob Branch, Hakan Aydin, Trey Martindale, Barbara Lockee, Peg Ertmer, and Stephanie Moore.

AECT JOB CENTER. At the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, we’ll continue to provide the Job Center to help you connect with other job seekers and potential job positions. The center will be set up with information about job openings, resources for improving your CV/Resume and cover letters, as well as a room where potential employers may conduct interviews. We will need a few volunteers to keep things moving. If interested, please complete the Job Center Volunteer Form to sign up for shifts. For more information please contact Jerry Hubbard.

NEW DEFINITION! Educational technology is the study and ethical application of theory, research, and best practices to advance knowledge as well as mediate and improve learning and performance through the strategic design, management and implementation of learning and instructional processes and resources.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

Association for Educational Communication and Technology
320 West 8th Street, Suite 101, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Toll Free: 877-677-AECT Phone: 812-335­-7675 Email:

NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 16, 2017 – Fall Edition VIII (Progress Reports: Oct. 19)

A newsletter from Monday’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 viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 16, 2017 – Fall Edition VIII (Progress Reports: Oct. 19)


Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links

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Current E-lert News


Greetings, everyone!
Progress reports will be posted on Oct. 19. Please see all of our important details below.
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!
New Updates
Important Information
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

ProgressShareProgress Reports – Please Share

NCVPS posts progress reports in its registration system every two weeks.
We do not send progress reports to parents, and a number of parents have said that their school does not update them on their child’s progress in their NCVPS courses.
Our teachers are in regular communication with parents who want that communication. However,

we cannot mail or email progress reports to parents.
Many schools will print NCVPS progress reports and send home with students or mail home to parents. Please try to adopt one of these practices at your school if you are not already doing so.
Additionally, regularly checking progress reports can help schools determine if students need extra help.
See the section for Intervention for Low-Performing and Ask-Risk Students on our

 Semester Success with NCVPS 

web page.
Our next progress report will be available in the NCVPS registration system on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Thank you!

NewTechNCVPS Is Hiring a New Tech Director

NCVPS is hiring a new Technology Director. Are you interested in joining our great team?
Applications are open until 5:00 p.m.on October 19th.
See the full details at the

 North Carolina Government Jobs 


ConnectUsConnect with Us on Social Media

Connect with NCVPS on Twitter and Facebook. We are especially eager to connect with other North Carolina districts, schools, and educators.
Follow us on Twitter at @NCVPS.
Like and follow our NCVPS Facebookpage.

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 22, 2017. Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until November 13, 2017.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 12, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
We have several processes that schools should follow throughout the semester to help students have greater success in NCVPS courses.
Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details.
Grade Report Updates
October 19: Day 3 Status Report for Early Calendar 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Final Grades for 1st Session Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Day 3 Status Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: Final Grades for 1st Session Traditional Calendar Health and 1st Session Traditional Calendar PE Posted in the Registration System
November 2: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.

CRPhaseOUtCredit Recovery Phase Out Fall 2018

NCVPS is constantly evaluating our offerings and their impact on school needs. Over the last few years, we have seen our Credit Recovery enrollment decline as school needs have changed in this area. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, we worked with our Advisory Council and other NCVPS stakeholders to reflect on our Credit Recovery offerings and impact for schools. After careful consideration of this feedback from our stakeholders regarding our Credit Recovery offerings, we have decided to discontinue our Credit Recovery offerings beginning Fall 2018. Our last Credit Recovery offering will be Summer 2018.
Beginning Fall 2018 – Options for Repeating a Course
  • If a student needs a flexible start/end date and a self-paced option, FLEX Learning may be the best fit for repeating the course.
  • If a student needs a set start/end date (aligning to the semester), then our Traditional option may be the best fit for repeating the course.
  • Students will receive a final grade with both the FLEX Learning and Traditional options as all parts of the course with no exempting of content will be required.
 For more information, please visit our Flex Learning page and our  Credit Recovery Analysis page.

SymposiumNCVPS 10-Year Anniversary Symposium
The North Carolina Virtual Public School is turning 10! We are celebrating a decade in online teaching and learning and invite you to our 10-Year Anniversary Symposium. The Symposium will bring us together to connect, share, and learn about online and digital learning. We will commemorate the past ten years and look at the future of learning.

Follow this link to register!

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe

The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for all students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
October 12: World Languages in the 21st Century

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.

If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version Version 61.0.3163.100. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses in Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
North Carolina Virtual Public School
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SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
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