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April 29, 2016

Changing Schools | Turning Improvement Inside Out | Vol. 75/Spring 2016

From yesterday’s inbox…

Turning improvement inside out 
What would happen if educators tried to improve schools not from the top down but from the inside out? This issue of Changing Schools builds on McREL’s white paper, The Road Less Traveled: Changing Schools from the Inside Out(2015), considering the implications of a curiosity-based approach, including articles on formative assessment, professional learning, systems improvement, school culture, and project- and maker-based learning.
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NCVPS E-lert for April 27, 2016 – Spring Edition XIV

Another item from Wednesday’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 for April 27, 2016 – Spring Edition XIV

Calendar Check
April 21:  Progress reports for all classes posted in the registration system.
May 5: Progress reports for all classes posted in the registration system.
See the complete NCVPS calendar at this link.

Essential Links

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Current E-lert News

What’s New?
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New This Week

Mastery Learning Updates for 2016-2017

Middle School Success 101 Added to Summer Catalog

Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

MasteryLearningA big thank you to all of our NC schools that allowed NCVPS to work with your students this past year in our Mastery Learning for First Time Credit program!  Please take a few minutes to learn more about the program and how NCVPS can help you with your most challenging enrollment situations for students by clicking HERE .  Mastery Learning can help when regular NCVPS enrollment options, Credit Recovery, or transfer options don’t work for a student.As we finish transitioning all courses to our new Learning Management System, Canvas, the last day for Mastery Learning for First Time Credit enrollments for Spring 2016 will be Wednesday, May 4th at 5pm.  After this date, schools will want to consider NCVPS summer school options for students instead of Mastery Learning.Mastery Learning options will begin again in August.  More details to come!  Students who are currently enrolled in the Spring 2016 Mastery Learning courses will be allowed to continue working as planned.

ProgressReportPostedProgress Reports Posted

The latest progress report is posted in the registration system for your review. Look for the report with this title:
“Spring 2016 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due April 19, 2016”
Check out the note below on “Grade Reporting” to see how to access grades and how to interpret the progress report.
One of our former students (now a college student) created this great summer session flyer for us.
If you need a flyer to give to students, please feel free to use this. Alex created both a color and B&W version.
Thank you, Alex!

GradeReportingGrade Reporting

What’s on the Schedule?
April 21 – Progress reports for all classes.  Look for the report with this title: “Spring 2016 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due April 19, 2016”
Report Details
See the details below for all of our reporting.
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.
Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.
Grade Reports
Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.
Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports
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.
Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.
Additional Resources
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

LookingAheadRegistration Open for the
2016-2017 Academic Year

NCVPS registration for the 2016-2017 academic year is now open. This includes Summer 2016, Fall Block 2016, Yearlong 2016-2017, and Spring 2017.

All enrollments are counted in your new allotment totals for 2016-2017.
Schools will not use PowerSchool to enroll as anticipated. The cross-LEA feature is not ready for release yet, and the need to register is impending.
We apologize for this inconvenience. We want our end users to have a good enrollment experience, and the cross-LEA feature cannot deliver that at this time. Fortunately, schools are already familiar with our registration system, so enrolling can proceed as usual.
Registration Details
Follow this link to our registration system.
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, the guide at this link will help.
We have published our 2016-2017 Academic Year calendar. See all the dates here!
Our catalogs for the 2016-2017 Academy Year have been posted. See the listings here.
NCVPS Canvas Orientation
NCVPS is moving all of its courses into the Canvas learning management system. Most of our courses will be in Canvas this summer, and the rest should be migrated by fall.
We’ve added a Canvas orientation to our Getting Started for Students checklist here.
Here’s a direct link to the orientation. Many districts are now using Canvas. We look forward to seeing great benefits from having a statewide system.
APComputersAP Computer Science Principles – New Course Offering
NCVPS will offer the newly developed AP Computer Science course. Read more about this new course at the College Board’s website.
SummerCourseUpdatesCourse Catalog Updates for Summer School
Middle School Success 101
Middle School Success 101 has been added to the course catalog for Summer 2016.
Health and Physical Education

NCVPS will be offering the HPE – Health and Physical Education 1 credit course and the Health Education 1/2 credit in the summer. We will not be able to offer the Fitness-Physical Education 1/2 credit course because of the number of required videos students must submit to show mastery in four weeks. Also, it will be harder to see a change in the student’s fitness level in four weeks.

Students will have eight weeks to submit videos to show mastery and change in their fitness rate in the  HPE – Health and Physical Education 1 credit course because both Health and PE will be covered each week in the eight week summer session. The Health Education 1/2 credit will still be offered in four weeks twice during the summer session. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Creech at

HireNCVPS Is Hiring Teachers

NCVPS is seeking North Carolina certified teachers in a number of subject areas. Most of our instructors teach during the day for schools throughout North Carolina, and then they teach for NCVPS in the evenings. You may know some NCVPS teachers at your school or in your district. Join them in teaching with us! We also have teachers who only teach for NCVPS. These are often teachers who have retired or have found working from home better suits their needs.
We do have an application process that includes a professional learning course and teaching practicum. The skills developed in the course and practicum will enhance your classroom instruction, as well. You will learn new technologies and digital-learning strategies that can be applied anywhere. Also, our pay is very competitive and comparable to other online programs.
Right now, we have a critical shortage in math teachers, but we also have a high demand in other areas:
  • AP Calculus BC and AB
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Psychology
  • Chinese 1-4 and AP
  • Japanese
  • Math (all levels)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Honors
  • OCS American History 1
  • OCS American History 2
  • OCS Applied Science
  • OCS Biology
  • OCS English 1, 2, 3, 4
  • OCS Financial Management
  • OCS Introduction to Math
  • OCS LDME/ Math 1

Tech Updates
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 to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include 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
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
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.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
Please have students confirm/update their e-mail. Here’s how to do that:
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 if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit
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.
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates

Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 71.Head to and follow the instructions from there.

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

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.
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 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:
Virtual Support Center:
Tech Requirements
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

FacilitatorsLab Facilitator’s Guide

Do you have NCVPS students who are working in a facilitated lab at your school?
We have a lab facilitator’s guide that is designed to provide an understanding of the basic processes and procedures that successful online facilitators use to support students.
We reached out to North Carolina public schools and our partner schools in the Virtual Schools Leadership Alliance to pull together the most fundamental elements of facilitating online learning.
Each time we visit a facilitated lab in North Carolina, we see a new process, a new innovation, a or just a new way of thinking in supporting lab students, and we add that to our evolving guide.

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor 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)

Courses – Vendor
Edgenuity – MS Math 6
Edgenuity – MS Math 7
Edgenuity – MS Math 8
Edgenuity – MS Social Studies 6
Edgenuity – MS Social Studies 7
Edgenuity – MS Spanish 1
Edgenuity – MS Spanish 2
Edmentum – AP Literature
Edmentum – Career Management
Edmentum – Entrepreneurship 1
Edmentum – Principles of Business
OdysseyWare – English 4
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April 28, 2016

NZC Online Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers…

26th April 2016
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Ko te ākonga te pūtake o te ako.
The learner is at the centre of learning.
Welcome to the April newsletter for NZC online. This month we highlight inclusive education. Having used the first term to build relationships with your class, and set up routines, now is the time to reflect on the inclusiveness in your teaching and learning programme. The inclusion curriculum principle underpins the importance of classroom and community inclusion. Below are some resources and ideas that can help you put this principle into action in your school context.
NEW – Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum
The Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum resource for teachers and leaders in NZ English-medium schools builds professional knowledge and create a shared understanding of inclusive practice within the NZC. It is anticipated that providers of PLD will draw on the resource as they work in and with schools to develop effective and inclusive teaching and learning programmes.

A series of examples taken from practice in New Zealand classrooms is a highlight of this resource. Downloadable as PDFs, these examples cover a range of curriculum learning areas, and allow you to look at practice in other schools that can easily be translated to your own school context.

The inclusion principle
Inclusion is one of eight principles in The New Zealand Curriculum that provide a foundation for schools’ decision making. The principle of inclusion can be used to guide formal curriculum policy and planning, classroom programmes, and teaching practice.

This section of NZC Online draws together research, digital resources, and examples to support schools as they consider the inclusion principle.

School stories provide examples of ideas and approaches some schools are using to enact the inclusion principle. Stories are grouped around including students with diverse learning needs; affirming culutre, language and identity; and using digital technologies to create an accessible curriculum. Here are some examples:

Valuing what students and families bring to learning
Linda Ojala from Silverstream School explains the importance of knowing your learner and building on their interests, strengths, and home experiences in the classroom.

Culturally responsive values
Brian Price, principal at Breens Intermediate, explains how the school made their values more culturally responsive so that they could be owned by all students.

See also
Inclusive education: Guides for schools
This TKI website provides strategies, suggestions, and examples of how to include students with diverse learning needs.

National events and inclusion
Two national events next term will give a context for inclusive practice

Thumbs up logo.New Zealand Sign Language Week, from 9 May 2016
New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on the inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. Students can make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and text and relating to others. Students will achieve learning outcomes described in the learning languages learning area.

Tapa cloth.Sāmoa Language Week, from 29 May 2016
Sāmoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight to new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. Everyone who learns gagana Sāmoa helps to preserve it as a living and rich language.

Have you seen?
Earth Day, 22 April 2016
Earth Day is a global event where people honour the natural environment and raise awareness of environmental issues that trouble the world. By taking part in Earth Day students have the opportunity to learn about the future focus issue of sustainability.

Even though this year Earth Day falls in the school holidays, this page is a portal of resources and stories that support both Earth Day and education for sustainability throughout the school year.

EDchatNZ on Twitter – Thursday April 28
Join us tonight!

We want to continue gathering your thoughts, opinions and experiences around community engagement. Please join us on #edchatnz, tonight for a discussion with teachers from all over the country on how they are creating and sustaining the kind of community engagement that will really enhance student success.

You Are Invited To The Release Of Our Speak Up 2015 National Report!

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Join us on May 5th for the release of the Speak Up 2015 National Report which focuses on visually based learning.

We’ll share:

▪ Data on the growth of teachers using games, apps and online videos in and out of classrooms

▪ How many schools and districts are implementing game-based learning

▪ Interest in tools to help students create their own media projects

▪ What sorts of professional development teachers are looking for (and administrators are considering) when it comes to games and other digital content

▪ The online tools and resources teachers, students and parents would like in their “ultimate school”

Our panel of educators and students will also give examples of how they use games, videos and more for learning. We are excited to have students and teachers from the following districts at this year’s briefing:

Prince William County Public Schools, VA

Baltimore City Public Schools, MD

Frederick County Public Schools, VA

Calvert County, MD

If you can’t join us in DC, then you can still join us online! Click on the link below to RSVP for the live stream and request a copy of the report.

RSVP to attend by noon ET/9amPT April 28th:


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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Online Learning News – April 27 2016 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 27 avril 2016

From yesterday’s inbox…

A bi-weekly update from Contact North | Contact Nord
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In the same week that Amazon acquired an e-learning company and announced that it intended to strengthen the value of its Kindle device by offering e-learning for schools, colleges and universities, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) became thelargest company in the world by revenue. Google offers education supports from a free version of office software products, through thousands of applications which run on any device to the devices themselves. And then there is Apple, which dominates the mobile device market and is extensively engaged in supporting open educational resources (OER) for learning through iTunes University.

Three questions come to mind when considering these developments:

  1. What are the plans and strategic intentions of these companies?
  2. How disruptive might they be?
  3. Will their growth and development change the post-secondary landscape?

Read Amazon, Google and Apple – How These Three Big Players Are Changing the Higher Education Landscape and explore these three questions.



The market for web conferencing is now more than 16 years old, and offers a wide variety of mature, highly usable, and fault-tolerant solutions. The market is currently dominated by five major vendors: Adobe, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, and Microsoft. However, the growth in cloud functionality has led to the proliferation of start-ups and smaller companies entering the market.

Web conferencing continues to grow, with all application categories continuing to expand their user bases. Market trends indicate an increasing adoption of social and mobile functionality, in keeping with general educational technology trends. Vendors are also beginning to specialise their web conferencing products to appeal to different market segments, and there is a shift to cloud provision as they seek to simplify product offerings and hollow out their supply chain. The major vendors are likewise moving to cloud-only provision.

Read Web Conferencing – Key Market Trends for Higher Education and learn more about the trends in this key distance delivery technology.


Private companies and start-ups are responding to the growth and diversification of technology-assisted learning with the development of niche products and services that respond to specific needs.

Developed with the guidance of educators, these products provide services that institutions are not structured to provide, support essential components of learning such as assessment, and help educators deliver better teaching and learning opportunities. A selection of these companies, all focussed on student success, show the quality and variety of products and services available from around the world.

In this edition, we feature ProctorU, which offers secure online proctoring and identity authentication services for student exams.


Contact North | Contact Nord interviews leading practitioners in online, open and flexible learning as part of sharing best practices with the sector.

In the first interview in this new series, Contact North |
Contact Nord dialogued Dr. Anka Mulder, Vice-President for Education and Operations at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Dr. Mulder stresses that online learning should not be seen as a goal but as a means to improve learning on-campus and to reach students around the world. As part of changing the mindsets of universities – encouraging them to be bold – she highlights two particular goals: universities becoming their own brokers and the establishment of alliances to award credit for MOOCs.

Read more about this interview with Dr. Anka Mulder and listen to the audio recording.


For Faculty

De Corte E., Engwall, L. and Teichler, U. [Editors] (2016) From Books to MOOCs? Emerging Models of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. London: Portland Press with Wenner Gren.

This collection of papers explores the implications of MOOC developments for teaching and learning in higher education. It is not advocating MOOCs; simply asking, “What are the implications for us as teachers of these developments?” As such, it is insightful and provocative and well worth the read. In particular, Diana Laurillard’s opening paper provides some helpful suggestions about the integration of technology in blended learning classrooms and Paul Ruhl’s paper towards the end of the book suggests a different approach to tutored online courses. A strong and insightful collection which may inspire innovation.

For Instructional Designers

Shepherd, C. (2015) More Than Blended Learning. Eastleigh. UK: The More Than Blended Learning Company.

Clive Shepherd, who works extensively in skills training, has developed a design approach based on Preparation, Input, Application and Follow-up (PIAF) and this book provides examples of how this works. The key is student engagement – creating designs, which hook the learner and keep them involved at every stage of their learning journey. There is strong emphasis on learner supports and varied resources over the length of a course. Formal learning is not excluded, but seen as one of many components in a designed and deliberate approach to learning.

For Administrators and Policy Makers

Abrams, S. (2016) Education and the Commercial Mindset. Boston: Harvard University Press.

Though focused on K-12 and the United States, Sam Abrams’ insightful book looks at the spread of the idea that private sector thinking should inform public education policy. This kind of thinking has led to a global education reform movement (GERM), which has infected all areas of public policy, including higher education, in many parts of the world. While Canada’s post-secondary sector has only a small number of private players, policy making is informed by notions of markets, competition, entrepreneurial delivery and other commercial constructs. This book is worth the read. Carefully researched and full of insights, Sam Abrams has done a masterful job of deconstructing this thinking and showing its weaknesses. He also suggests all public policy makers need to learn from these developments so as to better enable public education.

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La même semaine où Amazon a fait l’acquisition d’une entreprise d’apprentissage électronique et annoncé qu’il avait l’intention de renforcer la valeur de sa liseuse Kindle en offrant l’apprentissage électronique pour les écoles, les collèges et les universités, Alphabet (la société mère de Google) est devenue la plus grande compagnie au monde selon le revenu. Google propose des aides à l’éducation, depuis une version gratuite de logiciels bureautiques et des milliers d’applications pouvant être utilisées sur tout appareil jusqu’aux appareils eux-mêmes. De son côté, Apple domine le marché des appareils mobiles et s’engage énormément à soutenir les ressources éducatives ouvertes (REO) pour l’apprentissage par l’intermédiaire de iTunes University.

Trois questions surgissent quant à ces récents changements :

  1. Quels sont les plans et les intentions stratégiques de ces compagnies?
  2. À quel point pourraient-ils engendrer des perturbations?
  3. Leur déploiement et leur croissance changent-ils le paysage de l’éducation postsecondaire?

Pour explorer ces trois questions, nous vous invitons à lire le document Amazon, Google and Apple – How These Three Big Players Are Changing the Higher Education Landscape (Amazon, Google et Apple – Comment ces trois gros joueurs changent le paysage de l’éducation supérieure).



Le marché de la conférence web existe maintenant depuis plus de 16 ans et il offre une grande variété de solutions éprouvées hautement utilisables, qui sont insensibles aux défaillances. De nos jours, ce marché est dominé par cinq fournisseurs majeurs : Adobe, Cisco, Citrix, IBM et Microsoft. Toutefois, la croissance de la fonctionnalité infonuagique a entraîné la prolifération d’entreprises en démarrage et de petites compagnies qui percent ce marché.

La conférence web poursuit sa croissance, et toutes les catégories d’applications continuent à élargir leurs bases d’utilisateurs. Ainsi, les tendances du marché indiquent une adoption accrue de la fonctionnalité sociale et mobile, en écho aux tendances générales de la technologie éducative. Les fournisseurs commencent aussi à spécialiser leurs produits de conférence web afin d’attirer de différents segments de marché. Et alors qu’ils cherchent à simplifier leur offre de produits et à épurer leur chaîne d’approvisionnement, nous constatons que cela entraîne de plus en plus un changement vers la fourniture en nuage. En outre, les fournisseurs majeurs amorcent également la transition vers la fourniture uniquement en nuage.

Pour en savoir plus sur les tendances actuelles à l’égard de cette technologie essentielle pour la prestation à distance, veuillez consulter le document Web Conferencing – Key Market Trends for Higher Education (Conférence web – Les tendances clés du marché pour l’éducation supérieure).


Les compagnies et les entreprises en démarrage privées ont réagi à la croissance et la diversification de l’apprentissage fondé sur la technologie, en développant des produits et services de créneau qui répondent à des besoins spécifiques.

Mis au point avec les conseils d’éducateurs, ces produits procurent non seulement des services que ne peut pas produire la structure des établissements d’enseignement, mais aussi ils soutiennent les composantes essentielles de l’apprentissage comme l’évaluation et aident les éducateurs à fournir de meilleures occasions d’enseignement et d’apprentissage. Une sélection de ces compagnies, toutes axées sur la réussite étudiante, montre la qualité et la variété des produits et des services disponibles à l’échelle mondiale.

Dans ce numéro du Bulletin, nous mettons en vedette ProctorU, qui offre des services sécurisés de surveillance et de validation d’identité en ligne pour les examens des étudiantes et étudiants.


En marge du partage des pratiques exemplaires avec le secteur de l’éducation, Contact North | Contact Nord interviewe des praticiennes et praticiens dans le domaine de l’apprentissage en ligne, ouvert et flexible.

Dans la première entrevue de cette série, Contact North | Contact Nord a dialogué avec Anka Mulder Ph. D., vice-présidente de l’éducation et des opérations à la Delft University of Technology aux Pays-Bas.

Au cours de cette conversation, Anka Mulder souligne que l’apprentissage en ligne ne devrait pas être considéré comme un but, mais plutôt comme un moyen d’améliorer l’apprentissage sur le campus et d’atteindre les étudiantes et étudiants partout dans le monde. De concert avec l’évolution des structures mentales des universités (qui favorisent l’intrépidité), elle met l’accent sur deux objectifs particuliers : les établissements universitaires devenant leurs propres représentants, ainsi que la création d’alliances en vue d’offrir des crédits pour les MOOC.

Lire cette entrevue avec Anka Mulder et écouter l’enregistrement audio afin d’en apprendre plus.


À l’intention du personnel enseignant

De Corte E., Engwall, L. et Teichler, U. [dir.] (2016) From Books to MOOCs? Emerging Models of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. London: Portland Press with Wenner Gren.

Ce recueil d’articles explore les implications, qu’entraînent les développements des MOOC pour l’enseignement et l’apprentissage dans l’éducation supérieure. Il ne vise pas à préconiser les MOOC, mais il pose simplement la question suivante :
« Quelles sont les implications de ces développements pour nous en tant qu’enseignantes et enseignants? » À ce titre, c’est un ouvrage collectif perspicace, qui nous force à réagir et qui mérite grandement d’être lu. En particulier, son premier article, écrit par Diana Laurillard, présente quelques suggestions utiles au sujet de l’intégration de la technologie dans les salles de classe d’apprentissage mixte. De plus, le texte de Paul Ruhl vers la fin du livre propose une approche différente pour les cours en ligne tutorés. Ce livre rigoureux et pénétrant ne nous laisse pas indifférents et pourrait être une source d’inspiration pour des innovations.

À l’intention des concepteurs pédagogiques

Shepherd, C. (2015) More Than Blended Learning. Eastleigh. UK: The More Than Blended Learning Company.

Clive Shepherd, qui travaille abondamment dans la formation axée sur des compétences, a élaboré une approche de conception basée sur la Préparation, lesIdées, les Application et Faire un suivi (PIAF). Dans son livre, il fournit des exemples de la manière dont cette démarche se déroule. L’aspect essentiel est l’engagement étudiant : créer des conceptions, qui suscitent l’intérêt des apprenantes et apprenants et les incitent à rester impliqués à chaque stade de leur parcours d’apprentissage. L’auteur met fortement l’accent sur les soutiens aux apprenantes et apprenants et sur les ressources tout au long d’un cours. Cet ouvrage n’exclut pas l’apprentissage formel, mais il l’envisage comme étant l’une des nombreuses composantes rassemblées dans une approche conçue et délibérée envers l’apprentissage.

À l’intention des cadres et des responsables des politiques

Abrams, S. (2016) Education and the Commercial Mindset. Boston: Harvard University Press.

Bien qu’il soit axé sur les écoles élémentaires et secondaires et sur les États-Unis, le livre pointu de Sam Abrams examine la propagation de l’idée que les pensées du secteur privé devraient documenter la politique publique envers l’éducation. Ce genre de réflexion a mené au mouvement mondial pour la réforme de l’éducation (GERM), qui s’est parsemé dans tous les aspects de la politique publique, y compris l’éducation supérieure, dans plusieurs parties du monde. Quoique le secteur de l’éducation postsecondaire au Canada ne compte qu’un petit nombre d’intervenants privés, l’élaboration des politiques s’appuie sur les notions de marchés, de compétition, de principes d’entreprise et d’autres concepts commerciaux. Cet ouvrage bien documenté et rempli d’idées perspicaces offre une lecture intéressante. L’auteur a réalisé ici un travail magistral afin de déconstruire une telle réflexion et de démontrer ses faiblesses. Et surtout, il suggère aussi que tous les responsables des politiques publiques devraient apprendre les leçons tirées de ces développements afin de mieux habiliter l’éducation publique.

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