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June 23, 2015 e-Newsletter – 6/22/15

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eLearning Papers: Issue No.42 Design Patterns for Open Online Teaching and Learning

The rapid rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has renewed interest in the broader spectrum of open online teaching and learning. This “renaissance” has highlighted the challenges and potential associated to the design of such educational environments. Arguably, the accelerated expansion of open online education creates risks for pedagogical quality and the learner experience. […]

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Impact of an open online course on the connectivist behaviours of Alaska teachers

In this article we will describe a continuum of development towards knowledge generation and networked learning which emerges as practising teachers participate in a connectivist experience offered through an open online class (OOC) learning design. We believe that this design offers an opportunity to provide authentic professional development and collaboration particularly for those teachers in […]

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A pilot study: Facilitating cross-cultural understanding with project-based collaborative learning in an online environment

This study investigated three aspects: how project-based collaborative learning facilitates cross-cultural understanding; how students perceive project-based collaborative learning implementation in a collaborative cyber community (3C) online environment; and what types of communication among students are used. A qualitative case study approach was applied to explore these aspects using a variety of data sources. First, students’ […]

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Interpersonal Skills and Education in the Traditional and Online Classroom Environments

The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional, quantitative study was to compare the interpersonal abilities of online students to traditional students by evaluating their Emotional Intelligence (EI) through the Situational Test of Emotional Management (STEM). The study sought to determine whether a relationship exists between the number of online courses completed and EI abilities of students. […]

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Student Perspectives of Assessment Strategies in Online Courses

Engaging professional adults in an online environment is a common challenge for online instructors. Often the temptation or commonly used approach is to mirror face-to-face strategies and practices. One premise of this study is that all strategies used in an online environment are assessment strategies, and as such should be considered for their value in […]

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Mobile Learning in Higher education: Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

Almost everybody has a mobile device of some sort or another, be it a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. The latter two are often carried around by their owner and used anywhere and anytime. The use of smart phones and tablets for social interactions is very common amongst students. eLearn Magazine

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UGC [University Grants Commission – India) likely to allow PhD enrolment under distance education

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is actively considering relaxing its norms which would enable distance education institutions to offer MPhil and PHD programmes, benefiting nearly 10,000 students.

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The Importance of Federation: California Community Colleges Join InCommon

With 72 autonomous districts and 112 colleges, the California Community Colleges are looking to federated identity as an important element of their technology strategy. This week, they’ve announced that the system is joining InCommon. CT spoke with California Community Colleges Technology Center Executive Director, Tim Calhoon, for some insight on the CCC’s move. Campus Technology

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Arizona’s Online Holdout

The University of Arizona, the last holdout in a state investing heavily in distance education for undergraduates, will this fall join the state’s other public universities in offering online bachelor’s degrees, as UA Online opens its virtual doors.

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June 22, 2015

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June 21, 2015

K-12 June Newsletter: iNACOL Reports Through QM, ISTE, QM In China And More

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News from Quality Matters focused on the K-12 community.
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K-12 Online and Blended Learning Newsletter

June 2015

In this issue:

On the Road with QM K-12: Chris Voelker to present at ISTE and iNACOL

Quality Matters and China’s Fudan University to Collaborate on Online Education

“Earning frequent traveler miles for the next event,” exclaimed Christine Voelker, Director of QM’s K-12 Program, as she readied to hit the road for her next event. Chris will present “Invigorate Your Class with Instructional Materials” at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia. The session is Wednesday, July 1 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in room B413. Join Chris and learn how to find and incorporate Open Educational Resources (OER) into instructional design strategies and ensure they align with course objectives and assessments. If you’ll be at ISTE, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss it!Later this year, Chris will present “QM Quick Bytes: A Glimpse into a Collaborative, Scalable World of Quality Assurance in Course Design” at iNACOL’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium. The Symposium is November 8 to 11 at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Be on the lookout for more information about this exciting presentation.
QM and Fudan University, a leading research institution in China,signed a five-year agreement to  develop and disseminate a set of quality standards to develop quality courses. “This initiative represents a major step in bringing together the research findings and best practices of U.S. online education with the best pedagogical traditions of Chinese education to reach a potentially vast audience of online learners,” said Ron Legon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Quality Matters.The agreement aims to develop a rubric for online and blended course design, based on the QM Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, but adapted to Chinese pedagogy and culture.

“Fudan University is excited to bring the combination of our vast network of distance learning students together with QM’s background in quality standards for online course design,” said Dr. Yu-Long Jiang, Professor and deputy director in the Center for Faculty Development at Fudan. “It creates a ‘best of both worlds’ offering.”

Continue Your Education This Summer with QM
If you want to improve your online and blended courses, QM has great news! No need to drive anywhere, you can work on designing your online course or learn about teaching online from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at ourSummer Courses PDF for all the details.These learning opportunities are designed to help ensure your courses are built with quality, that your course assessments and objectives are properly aligned and that they improve learner engagement.

We know earning CEUs is important —  these resourcescan help.

Courses begin in early July, so sign up soon. To register, simply click on the date link listed for the course you’d like to take.

Questions? Interested in a customized development session? Contact the QM K-12 Program Coordinator.

Collaborate with Colleagues at the 7th Annual QM Conference
Learn, connect and share with your fellow educators at the7th Annual QM ConferenceNovember 1-4 in San Antonio. Get big ideas for your schools and districts in sessions led by your peers featuring timely and engaging content tailored to your needs.This year’s keynote will address competency-based education, an important topic for institutions interested in ensuring learners receive credit for what they know and how they might design curricula to take advantage of and credit learners’ acquired skills and abilities.

Educators focused on improving learner experiences and developing quality courses will engage in valuable sessions such as:

Personalized Problems to Inspire Learners — explore how to construct online problem-based learning experiences that give students space to identify, explore, and resolve questions

Personalizing Third-Party Courses — get opportunities to review what to look for in a great vendor course and learn how to locate QM-Certified courses from Publishers who have invested in quality course design.

Take advantage of earlyregistration for significant savings. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

Are Your Courses QM/iNACOL Aligned?
The QM/iNACOL Derived Standards Report, a free reporting option available to subscribers, lets users show how their courses meet iNACOL standards.If you’ve had your courses officially reviewed by QM, or used the Course Review Management System to informally review a course, you can now generate a derived iNACOL Standards Report with your QM Review Final Report.

“The new QM/iNACOL Derived Standards Report will be a useful tool to online curriculum/course providers at all levels,” said Shane Dennison, Ph.D., State and Federal Programs Manager,Edmentum. “This 3rd party review process using the highly acclaimed iNACOL standards will be a tremendous advantage to subscribers.”

Make your free QM/iNACOL Derived Standards Report the single stop for ensuring course quality.

Questions? Contact the QM K-12 Program Director.

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June 19, 2015

AERA Highlights – June 2015

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June 2015

Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls 
Beyond AERA
AERA in the News


AERA to Hold Capitol Hill Briefing on LGBTQ Issues in Education
On July 9, AERA will host a live streamed Capitol Hill briefing on LGBTQ issues in education, including bullying and K-12 students, student achievement and educational attainment, the challenges conducting research, and recommendations for further research.
Deadline for 2016 Annual Meeting Submissions Quickly Approaching
Held in AERA’s Centennial Year, the 2016 Annual Meeting will illuminate and enhance the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in the U.S. and around the globe. Deadline for submissions: July 22.
AERA Announces 2017 RRE Coeditors
Maisha Winn and Mariana Souto-Manning have been appointed coeditors for the 2017 edition (volume 41) of Review of Research in Education (RRE), the annual AERA journal that focuses on a chosen topic every year.
Executive Director Levine Presents at Two Research Meetings
AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine presented at two high-profile research meetings during June. On June 3, Levine served on a panel that discussed international perspectives of advocacy for the social sciences and humanities at the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, Canada.

Research Policy and Funding News

More than 1,100 Sign Letter Opposing Student Privacy Bill
The education research community, led by AERA and the Knowledge Alliance, sent Senator David Vitter (R-LA) a letter signed by more than 1,100 organizations and individuals opposing the Student Privacy Protection Act (S. 1341), a bill he introduced.
House Panel Approves Cuts to Department of Education Funding
For the first time in three years, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education has passed a funding bill.
AERA Responds to Call for Public Comment on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act
A provision added to Defense Department-related legislation in December 2014 has the potential to affect every agency throughout the federal government.
NSF Spending Bills Move Forward
The House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Committee have now passed Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bills, which include funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
National Board of Education Sciences to Act on IES Funding, FERPA Concerns
The National Board of Education Sciences, which oversees the Institute of Education Sciences, met on June 8. The board passed a motion to draft a letter to congressional appropriators encouraging full funding for Institute of Education Sciences.

AERA Calls 

Beyond AERA 

AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
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Contributors: Juliane Baron, Jessica Campbell, Bridget Jameson, Christy Talbot

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NCVPS E-lert for June 18, 2015 – Summer Edition II

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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.
June 18, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
June 15 – Summer Session 2015 starts.
June 19 – Last Day to Enroll for Summer Session
June 26 – Last Day to Drop from Summer Session
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.

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.

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Current E-lert News

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Greetings, North Carolina districts and schools!

This week’s E-lert highlights our summer session that began on Monday, June 15. See the details below.
New This Week
Still Essential!

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

Day3Day 3 Student Status Report and First Progress Reports

Our Day 3 student status report and first progress report will be posted in the registration system on the following dates:

June 18 – Day 3 Student Status Report
June 25 – Progress Report
Both reports are essential for schools and districts to determine the early status of student progress during the summer session.
Day 3 Student Status Report
Please review this report to determine which students have not accessed their courses yet. Students who have not logged in by the third day of class will be marked as no-shows.
Please touch base with any students who have not logged in. Makes sure inactive students have their usernames and passwords and know how to log in. Please remember that NCVPS does not send usernames and passwords to students. Schools must share that login information with students. If inactive students do not plan to take the course, please drop the students before our Day 10 (June 26) drop deadline.
Progress Report
Our first progress report on June 25 is the last progress check before our drop deadline on June 26. Please check this progress report to determine what the final status for your students should be.
Roster Check and Final Drops
Please remember that NCVPS does not drop students. If a school wishes to drop a student from a summer course, the school has until June 26 to do so. Any students on the roster after Day 10 will count in the district or charter school’s allotment totals. School can withdraw a student after Day 10, and NCVPS will issue a W grade for that student, but the enrollment will still count in your allotment totals.

PeerTutoringPeer Tutoring for the Summer Session

Our Peer Tutoring Center (PTC) is back in action this summer! We have veteran teachers, seasoned peer tutors, and a group of new tutors to help your struggling students.

It’s easy to get peer tutoring help for your students. Students just need to click the Peer Tutoring Center button in their courses to get help. Our teachers will also recommend PTC help to struggling students.
Check out our Peer Tutoring Center video here for an overview of the program.

SummerGuide2015 Summer Session Guide

Important Dates


Start Date: Monday, June 15


Last Day to Register: Friday, June 19


Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 26


Progress Reports Posted: Weekly


End DateFriday, August 7


Summer Session Details


The NCVPS summer session is a fast-paced program that offers both traditional courses and credit recovery courses. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students will spend 3-5 hours each day, Mondaythrough Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too.


Students must have daily access to the internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the internet.


Due to the workload, we recommend that students only take one NCVPS course over the summer, especially if the student has not had an online course before. Students are much more successful in our summer program if they only take one course.


Students can work on our courses at any time during the day or night, 24/7. They just need to pay close attention to the due dates for the assignments, tests, and quizzes. Students can also work from any location as long as they have access to their classes for 3-5 hours a day.


Summer Contact Information

Districts and schools need to identify their summer contact information at this link.  NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 15 classes.  Students will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.


Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2015, we will need this information.


If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.


Getting Started for School


If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page.


You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful summer session at our Getting Started page. For instance, remember that NCVPS does NOT send usernames and passwords to students. Schools must issue login information to students. See that and all of the essential details at our Getting Started page.


Summer Resources


Summer Calendar


Student Checklist


Credit Recovery Information

GradeReportingGrade Reporting
What’s on the Schedule?Progress reports will be posted each week during the summer session in the NCVPS registration system. The only weighted grade report will be the final grade report posted on August 13.


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.


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.


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.

Registration Open for 2015-2016
Registration is open for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016. 

Getting Started


If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page. You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful e-learning program at your school.


Courses Nearing Capacity


coursecapacityWe already have a few courses that are approaching capacity for Fall 2015. Courses that are “At Capacity” will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. See our list of courses that are at capacity and near capacity here.

Rising 9th Graders


rising9thRising 9th-grade students will be added to high school rosters in the NCVPS registration system at the Year-End-Transition (YET) in July. Middle school ELAs can enroll their students in NCVPS courses for high school. Those enrollments will transition with the student to the high school’s account in the NCVPS registration system.


If the middle school does not have an ELA, the high school ELA can open a ticket with our virtual support center to request access.  Additionally, the district’s e-learning coordinator can get the login information for the middle school by logging into the registration system and clicking “Schools.”

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.

Check out our 150+ list of courses here.
NCVPS Catalogue Updates


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 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. Principles of Business and Finance has returned to our catalogue.


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)

6. NCVPS will pilot its new physical education course in our Fall 2015 semester. This course is particularly great for early college campuses that have difficulty scheduling physical education for their students. The course will require students to upload videos of physical assessments. The course can be taken as a .5 credit course or a full credit course in conjunction with your health course. If you would like to be part of the pilot, please contact Karen Creech at


APEuro17. AP European History has been added back to our catalogue for the 2015-2016 school year. You can enroll students now in the registration system. We did not think the course revisions would be ready for fall, but the revision team has pulled it off! Thanks, team!


Vendor Approved Courses
VendorApprovedCoursesIn 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)

  • AP Spanish – Edmentum
  • Math 1 – Apex Learning

Tech Updates
JAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 45.
Go to and following the instructions from there.
AdobeUpdatePlease go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version
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 ensure 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 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:

Middle School Creative Writing

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creativewritingNCVPS is looking for middle school writers!


Our Middle School Creative Writing course introduces students to short and long fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. While emphasis is on production, students will also read samples of great writing as they learn the tools that creative writers use.


Students will create a writing portfolio that showcases their work.


This is a great opportunity for young writers! Enrollment is now open.

Professional Learning with NCVPS


The NCVPS professional learning team is pleased to offer its next round of the “Shattering the Myths of the Online and Blended Learning” course.

The next class starts on June 15. Please check out this link for details.

Sharepoint Added to Catalogue

NCVPS is please to offer SharePoint next year! Check out our catalogue for details!


View our full course catalog here.

Summer with NCVPS Arts

NCVPS has a great arts program during the summer. Click on the image above to see a preview!

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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