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July 25, 2015

NCVPS Is Getting A New Look!

From Friday’s inbox…

NCVPS Is Redesigning Its Website!

The North Carolina Virtual Public School is excited to announce that it is redesigning its website! The look will change, but the location will be the same:


The launch date is Monday, July 27. We will be doing some work over the weekend in preparation for the unveiling on Monday.


To better serve you, the website will feature a new design, user-friendly navigation, print-friendly pages, and a wealth of information and resources  to help you, your students, your school, and your district succeed with NCVPS.

Take A Tour

The new design will not be accessible until July 27, but you can take a sneak peek right now. Check out the video below.


NCVPS Website Redesign
NCVPS Website Redesign
Final Preparations

As with all website launches, we might experience some hiccups on Monday. Please bear with us as we work out the bugs!


It’s always a good practice to bookmark our various login pages in case our website is down. Be sure to add these bookmarks to your browser:

We don’t anticipate any problems, but we want our users to be prepared. We look forward to “seeing” you on our new website on Monday!

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:

July 24, 2015

Physical Education with NCVPS

From yesterday’s inbox…

Physical Education with NCVPS

The North Carolina Virtual Public School is excited to announce that it is offering physical education online! Our Fitness – Physical Education course is the entry-level high school course that meets the graduation requirement in North Carolina. Students can enroll in the stand-alone course for .5 credit or take it in conjunction with our health course for the full one credit.

Why Online Physical Education?
“wii fit at the airport” by David King licensed under CC BY 2.0

Isn’t offering physical education in a virtual environment a contradiction? No, not at all. The instruction will be online, but students will still perform in the real world . . . the physical world.


Technology has enhanced fitness programs for years. Starting with the Jack LaLanne broadcasts in the 1950s and exploding with the Jane Fonda workout videos in the 1980s, the fitness community has always used the latest technologies to reach its audience. Modern fitness programs use everything from FitBits to Nike+ Training Club to Fitmo and Wii Fit to engage participants. Our goal is to use modern technology in a similar manner to monitor progress and engage students.

Students Need Options

We all understand that the one-size-fits-all model does not work in education. We have all types of learners who all have individual needs. We have also discovered that especially in physical education, not even the one-size-fits-many model works. Students (and athletes) need individualized programs to meet their fitness goals. The most successful programs all have tailored workouts for either individuals or small groups.
For example, our women’s national soccer team recently won FIFA’s World Cup. Carli Lloyd won the Golden Ball Award as the tournament’s top player. Lloyd plays for the national team and professionally for the Houston Dash. Nevertheless, Lloyd has her own personal coach in New Jersey. See what that coach does for her in this article from NBC Sports. That is what NCVPS wants to provide — an individualized physical education program that motivates students to meet their goals.

What’s Not Working

Students definitely need more fitness options. What we are currently doing is not working for many students.


The Center for Disease Control’s report on Physical Activity and Health states that nearly half of American youths (ages 12-21) do not engage in vigorous activity on a regular basis. Youth activity sharply declines as age or grade-level increases.


Shape America’s  Shape of the Nationreports that 33% of children 6-12 are overweight, and 17% are obese. 34% of teens are overweight, and 17.6% are obese.


We have a lot of room for improvement. We hope to help turn the tide in those outcomes with our online physical education classes.

How It Works

Our physical education course is aligned to the state’s Standard Course of Study for physical education. The fitness components are centered on the four FITT principles:

  • Frequency – How often you are exercising (example: 3 times a week)
  • Intensity – How hard you are exerting yourself during exercise (example: rating your exercise on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how hard you worked)
  • Time – The duration of your exercise session
  • Type – The kinds of exercises (examples: aerobic, strength training, etc.)

All of the instructional components are delivered online just like in our other 155 courses. Instruction is delivered through text, video presentations, audio recordings, illustrative images, and interactive learning objects. Students take online quizzes and tests, participate in online discussion forums, and complete other online activities that the learning modules require.

Video Assignments
“Geração conectada” by Thiago Marques licensed under CC BY 2.0
Throughout the course, students are required to demonstrate physical skills. This is where the virtual world of the classroom meets the physical world of real performance. NCVPS accomplishes this with its video assignment submissions, where students record their performances with video cameras that are on smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, webcams, or any other device that can capture digital video. Students upload their performance videos into our secure platform for teacher review. Our teachers then assess the student performance and provide constructive, meaningful feedback. Students can retake performance skill tests to demonstrate mastery.
Fitness Portfolio
An essential feature of the course is
the fitness portfolio, which students keep for the duration of the course. In their portfolios, students establish fitness goals, create a Personal Health Improvement Contract, establish an exercise plan, track their own performances, reflect on their development, and take the first steps in developing a lifelong fitness plan.
Take a look inside one of our physical education courses:
Benefits of Online PE with NCVPS
NCVPS is one of many online schools across the nation that provides an online physical education course. Our courses provide some unique benefits for students. Check out our benefits:

  • We assembled some of the top physical education teachers in the state to both design and teach our courses.
  • Our design team worked in conjunction with DPI to create something special!
  • All of our teachers are licensed North Carolina teachers who meet DPI’s highly-qualified standards.
  • Our teachers have demonstrated great success in their traditional schools.
  • Students use the technology that they love to help meet their goals.
  • Students use the latest technologies to upload videos of their performances to document their progress.
  • Students can continue working on a particular skill to demonstrate mastery.
  • Students perform in a non-competitive environment. A student’s only comparison is to his or her previous performance. Some students suffer from locker room and body image phobias. We eliminate that with our safe and secure environment!
  • Our physical fitness course is aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for physical education. All of the Department of Public Instruction’s approved PE Standards are met in this course. The course outline lists all of the topics, standards, and skills covered in each course module.
  • Our courses are designed to meet the individual needs of each student. NCVPS instructors can personalize the experience for each student.
  • Students work at their own level, assess their own fitness, set their own goals, and create a personalized fitness plan that starts them on a lifelong fitness lifestyle.
  • Each student will receive personalized, meaningful feedback from their NCVPS instructor. This is specific feedback to help students improve their performance.

This is personalized learning at it best!

Enrollment Details

Our physical education course is in its pilot phase during the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters. Registration will be open statewide for the Spring 2016 semester.


For more information about the pilot and spring registration, please email Karen Creech at

Learn More About NCVPS
NC Virtual Public School is the nation’s second largest state-led virtual school with over 55,000 enrollments this past year from all 115 school districts and many charter schools. Learn more about us in this short video:
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses as a supplement to the local high school course catalogue and includes Advanced Placement, Occupational Course of Study, electives, traditional, honors, and credit recovery courses.
All courses are taught by teachers certified in North Carolina. The courses provide strategies for active student engagement through a variety of technology tools.  Teachers are required to make personal contact with students and parents regularly in order to maximize the student-teacher relationship.
Courses are free to students who enroll through their local North Carolina high school or middle school.  NCVPS is available to home school and private school students for a small fee.  By virtue of online course delivery, students now have access to rigorous courses and high-quality teachers regardless of ZIP code.
Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:

July 23, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN Newsflash – July 2015, Special Issue

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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July, 2015

EDEN Open Classroom Conferences in Athens and Aalborg
Call for submission deadlines approaching!

EDEN Open Classroom Conference
18-21 September 2015, Athens, Greece
Organised in collaboration with: Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Transforming Schools into
Innovative Learning Organisation

Submission deadline: 15 August
Registration is free of charge


Open Discovery Space, DigiSkills and GreeNET will utilize their teacher communities and resources in the interest of a professional event, offering free training opportunities and promoting their best teaching practices.

Call for submissions:

Submissions addressing one or more of the conference themes are welcome in either standard paper or Synergy formats. The deadline for submission is 15 August.

Acknowledging achievements at the conference:

To celebrate and multiply the impact of some of the hosting projects’ most successful activities the first two days of the conference will highlight an impressive spectrum of different open schooling and teacher training initiatives and accomplishments. Complementing the ODS virtual acknowledgements expressed via multiple online channels, we’ll also be awarding our best teachers face to face for their professional achievements and contributions to their schools’ development.

During the third, Scholarly Contributions Day, academics and professionals will present their research and validated practices. Based on its continuing success, the EDEN “Synergy” strand will be weaved into the programme in Athens as well, adding a “project magnet” effect to the conference and enabling new partnerships to be created and old ones to be strengthened and expanded.



how to register


EDEN Open Classroom Conference
17-20 November 2015, Aalborg, Denmark
Organised in collaboration with: The Aalborg University

D4Learning 2015: International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L)

Final Submission Round is open until: 15 August 2015


The D4L Conference serves as a forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to the use of digital technology for inclusion.

Keynote speakers:

  • Alan Tait, Director, International Development and Teacher Education, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Terry Anderson, Professor in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Alan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland

Call for Papers:

We invite you to attend D4L and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations and corporate showcases/demos.

The tradition of EDEN Best Research Paper Award will be continued at the conference.

The proceedings will be published by Aalborg University Press.



how to register


Projects, Practices, Showcases

Demystifying ICT in Education – DigiSkills Summer News and Evaluation

The latest DigiSkills Newsletter includes useful information on the final conference in the framework of the Open Classroom Conference in Athens, new practices for teachers and trainers using ICT in various levels of education featured in the Good Practice Repository, and latest information on past events and recently published resources. On the Digiskills website, you now have access to the Digiskills Online Community, the Good Practice Inventory as well as the Digital Competence Training Academy with OER courses for teachers and trainers who want to update their digital skills for learning. This resource inventory is aiming all levels of educators, from primary to higher education and adult learning.

Help us to evaluate!

We are looking forward to seeing your good practice on the DigiSkills platform. Please follow the instructions here. It takes no more than 10 minutes. Thank you for your collaboration!


Web based e-assessment platform released by TALOE

Within the TALOE (Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning) project, a web tool is developed with the aim to help teachers in deciding on the e-assessment strategies and better relating to the learning outcomes with assessment methods. The tool is tested, finalised and is open to public.

The recordings of the successful TALOE Webinar series: Talks on E-Assessment and Learning Outcomes is also available. For details and further project information, please read the third Newsletter.


Open Professional Collaboration for Innovation

The Newsletter of OpenPROF – Open Professional Collaboration for Innovation is now available. The project organises trainings for teachers and trainers and develops open educational resources (OERs) with open curriculum and licensing via open collaboration. OpenProf partners will create three training materials that help you to develop OER content. The first training material on Open Educational Resources and sustainability models is now available on the projectwebsite: curricula and materials for OERs, 6 online courses, with resources developed in or adapted various languages, ICT tools and innovative solutions will be developed and made available.


For more information about the upcoming EDEN-related conferences, please visit the EDEN website.

You receive this newsletter as member of the EDEN e-mail list. To read about the EDEN Membership Services, please visit this link. The archive of previous Newsflashes and Project Newsletters can be found at the Networks of Academics and Professionals – NAP Members’ Area.

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July 22, 2015


One for my Kiwi readers…

20/07/15DEANZ AGM (4 August 2015 at 7.15 pm)

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