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September 4, 2015

NCVPS E-lert for September 3, 2015 – Fall Edition III

From yesterday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
September 3, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2015
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.
August 10 – Early calendar courses begin.
August 13 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 13 – Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 19 – Early Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 21 – Last day to add or drop early calendar classes.
August 24 – Traditional and Yearlong courses begin.
August 27 – Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 2 – Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 4 – Last day to drop or add students into traditional calendar block and yearlong classes.

Essential Links

Celebrate & Connect

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

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

Current E-lert News

What’s New?
what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
Check out this week’s important updates:
New This Week
Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

addeadlineDrop/Add Deadline Extended throughSeptember 9 

NCVPS has been able to extend its drop and add deadline through Wednesday, Sept. 9 (midnight).
Schools will be able to add and drop in the registration system during that time. We must have a seat available, however, to enroll a student into a course. Additional seats will open up as other students drop.

FundingNCVPS Funding Update for Districts and Schools

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On August 31, 2015, the final 2015-16 budget projections from DPI were uploaded into the NCVPS registration system.  NCVPS has made some adjustments in the system based on this update. Please take note of the following:
Current Enrollment Exceeds New Projection
LEAs or charters whose current NCVPS enrollment costs exceed their new 2015-16 final budget projection have been granted reserve funds to meet the current cost.  Any additional enrollments will require a reserve funding request athttp://goo.gl/forms/njgVrdzo2m or the use of alternative funding methods.
LEAs or charters whose new 2015-16 budget projections exceed their current enrollment costs will see the total 2015-16 projection as their budget (as in previous years).
LEAs and Charters Already Using Reserve Funds
The new projection also affected an LEA or charter school’s prior use of NCVPS reserve funding. If an LEA or charter had already used NCVPS reserve funding, and if the new 2015-16 budget projection was sufficient to cover the current enrollment costs, then NCVPS reclaimed that reserve funding.
Current Status and Help
To see your new projection and current allotment totals, log in to the NCVPS registration system here: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/
If you need additional funding help, please email us here.

Thank you!

Fall2015Fall 2015 – Access Check and Enrollment Options

Access Check
We are nearing the end of our first week. It is time to check on your students progress in their online course. Please take time to ensure that your students can log in and access their courses. We just posted a no-show report in the registration system that indicates which students have not logged in yet. This is good data to determine who needs early help.
Please remember that we do not issues usernames and passwords to students. That must come from the school. This link shows how to retrieve students’ usernames and passwords from our registration system.
Be sure that students are aware that we have courses in three different platforms: Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas.  Many students who have courses in Blackboard are trying to log in to Moodle, and their passwords will not work on that platform.
Students can check which platform their classes are in on our log-in page. Have them scroll down this page to check:
Late Adds
NCVPS is now in its late add period. ELAs can still register students in our registration system through September 4. That is our tenth day of class.
Please note that students who start late will have work that they need to catch up on, and they may need extra support from the school in getting started. Our teachers are prepared for late starters, however!  They are aware that students can be added to their classes through September 4, and they will work with students to help them catch up.
Also, note that once a student is registered, it may take up to two business days before the student can access his or her course. As long as the registration system says “enrolled,” or “enrollment pending,” or “enrollment in process,” the student has a definite seat in the course, and you do not have to open a ticket if the student does not have immediate access. If the student can’t log in after two days, then either the student or the ELA can open a ticket with the support center (but just one person, please).
Enrollment Options
Late Adds: We will now continue to enroll through Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 25, which is the end of our third marking period. 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. 4. See the note below on OCS courses that are at section capacity.
1/2 Credit Health Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until October 26.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 9, 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.
Important Dates
4th Day of Class – August 27
Check the Day 3 Student Status (No-Show) Report in the registration system. This report is an early warning notice that identifies students who have not logged into their courses by Day 3.
Make contact with the parents and students who have not logged in. Determine the next steps for them. If you confirm that the student is not going to take the course, please drop them from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist.
8th Day of Class – September 2
Check the Day 7 Student Status Report. This report will be posted in the registration system. Students who have not logged in by Day 7 and submitted their first assignment will be identified in this report. This is our last notice of inactive students before the Day 10 drop deadline.
If you confirm that the student is not going to take the course, please drop him or her from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist. Also, after Day 10, a student’s enrollment will count in your allotment totals.
Please note that NCVPS will no longer administratively drop students who have not logged in.

10th Day of Class – September 4 (Extended to Sept. 9)

This is the last day to add students and the last day for a student to drop a course(s) without penalty. Remember that the NCVPS teacher cannot drop the student. The ELA must drop the student in the registration system. Students on the roster after Day 10 will receive a grade and their enrollment will count in your allotment total.
Make contact with your testing coordinator to see when you need to order EOC/CTE tests for your students enrolled in courses with state mandated EOC/CTEs.
Additional Enrollment Notes
Getting Started for Schools
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.
Getting Started for Students
Our student checklist has moved! It used to be in a Google doc, but now you can find our Getting Started for Students web page at this link.
Courses at Capacity & Waitlists
Courses that are “at capacity” are the most difficult to get in. We have no additional teaches for those courses, we can’t open additional sections, and the sections are at max size. To move off the waitlist in a course that is at capacity, a student who is already enrolled in the course would have to drop.
This list shows the courses that are at capacity.
Our instructional directors are moving students off waitlists in courses that are not at capacity. Students may be on a waitlist for 1-2 days at this point as our directors make room for them in our courses.

We 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.

We have a number of OCS courses for fall that are at section capacity. Schools can still add to existing sections, but we are not able to create new sections for the following OCS courses:
OCS English 2
OCS Applied Science
OCS American History 2
OCS English 3
OCS LDME and Math 1
OCS Financial Management
OCS American History 1
OCS Introduction to Math
OCS English 1
OCS English 4

Tech Updates

OpeningTicketOpening 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 – including 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.
Password Resets
If students have their correct email addresses in the registration system (this is important for a number of reasons), then they can use the password-reset feature on the Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas login pages.
JAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 51. Go to the link below and follow the instructions there.

http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 18.0.0.209 http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

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:
Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/
 
Tech Requirements
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

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.

NewELAsFor New ELCs, ELAs, and Lab Facilitators.

Are you a new district e-learning coordinator, school e-learning advisor, or lab facilitator?  If so, welcome to your new role!

We would like to help each of you. Please complete the short survey at this link, and we will reach out to you with some valuable resources.

ELCs, please forward this survey to your new school contacts.

Thank you!

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
  • Biology – Founder’s Education
  • Chemistry – Founder’s Education
  • Math 1 – Accelerate Education
  • Math 2 – Accelerate Education
  • Math 2 – Founder’s Education
  • Math 3 – Founder’s Education
  • Physical Science – Founder’s Education
  • Physics – Founder’s Education

PLShatteringProfessional 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. This course will explore the history, the trends, and the benefits of online and blended teaching while shattering the long established yet incorrect myths that seem to orbit online and blended learning.

The next class starts on September 14. Please check out this link for details.

 

Visit our new LEAD ED page for details on our professional learning program.

North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

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Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

September 2, 2015

Fwd: NCVPS Roster Check – Drops and Adds

Another beginning of the year notice from a K-12 online learning program.

Greetings, schools and districts!

 

Friday, September 4th, is our last day to drop and add students. Remember that NCVPS no longer administratively drops students. Schools must drop students. Please review all the details below for dropping students and enrollment options.

 

Dropping Students

 

NCVPS posts two reports in the first ten days of class that indicate which students have not logged in to their courses yet. These reports will help you clean up your rosters for the Sept. 4 drop/add deadline.

 

Look for these two reports in the NCVPS registration system:

 

Day 3 No-Show Report – August 26: This report is an early warning notice that identifies students who have not logged into their courses by the third day of class. Make contact with the parents and students who have not logged in. Determine the next steps for them. If you confirm that a student is not going to take the course, please drop that student from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist.

 

Day 7 No-Show Report – Sept. 2: This is our last notice of inactive students before the Day 10 drop deadline. If you confirm that students are not going to take a course, please drop them in the NCVPS registration system. This will help us finalize our own rosters and help students move off the waitlist.

 

Any students who are registered after Friday, Sept. 4 (our tenth day of class) will receive a grade for the course, and those enrollments will count in your allotment totals. You may withdraw students throughout the semester. We will issue a W (withdrawal) grade for any student removed after Sept. 4. That enrollment, however, will still count in your allotment totals.

 

Enrollment Options

 

We still have a number of enrollment options, and several will continue after the Sept. 4 drop/add deadline. Please consider what the best options are for your students from the following:

 

Late Adds: We will continue to enroll through Friday, Sept. 4, our 10th day of class. Students who are registered late will need additional support from the school. They will have to make up some work.  Please ensure they can access their courses, contact their instructors, and begin working right away. Our teachers are prepared for late starters, but additional help from the school will increase the chances of student success.

 

Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 25, which is the end of our third marking period. 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. 4.

 

1/2 Credit Health Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until October 26.

 

Transfer Students: After Sept. 4, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the course in the traditional classroom, and they must be able to transfer in with a grade. Transfers are not for students new to a course, but our transfer program works great for students who must go on homebound status, are suspended, move in from another school, or have any unusual or unexpected scheduling problems. After September 4, open a ticket with our virtual support center to begin the transfer process.

 

Resources

 

Follow this link to see how to run the no-show reports in our registration system:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ushojeGqkfcaXVlELk4UAmoc93W62PjFh5u9ghisxJY/preview

 

Follow this link to see how to drop and withdraw students:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z21QYmJTngzWLeIXxWmpzf3YdEVEMeHAd-WP-RK6IKU/preview

 

Schools have registered in record number with NCVPS this fall. Thank you for your efforts!

 

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

August 28, 2015

NCVPS E-lert for August 28, 2015 – Fall Edition II

From today’s inbox…  I apologize about the formatting, but for some reason when you now copy and paste these e-mails over there is a ton of coding that screws with the appearance of the newsletter (I tried to remove as much as I could, but after 10 minutes just stopped).

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.
August 28, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2015
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.
August 10 – Early calendar courses begin.
August 13 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 13 – Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 19 – Early Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 21 – Last day to add or drop early calendar classes.
August 24 – Traditional and Yearlong courses begin.
August 27 – Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 2 – Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 4 – Last day to drop or add students into traditional calendar block and yearlong classes.

Essential Links

Celebrate & Connect

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

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

Current E-lert News

What’s New?
what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
Check out this week’s important updates:
New This Week
Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

Fall2015Fall 2015 – Access Check and Enrollment Options

Access Check
We are nearing the end of our first week. Please take time to ensure that your students can log in and access their courses. We just posted a no-show report in the registration system that indicates which students have not logged in yet. This is good data to determine who needs early help.
Please remember that we do not issues usernames and passwords to students. That must come from the school. This link shows how to retrieve students’ usernames and passwords from our registration system.
Be sure that students are aware that we have courses in three different platforms: Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas.  Many students who have courses in Blackboard are trying to log in to Moodle, and their passwords will not work on that platform.
Students can check which platform their classes are in on our log-in page. Have them scroll down this page to check:
Late Adds
NCVPS is now in its late add period. ELAs can still register students in our registration system through September 4. That is our tenth day of class.
Please note that students who start late will have work that they need to catch up on, and they may need extra support from the school in getting started. Our teachers are prepared for late starters, however!  They are aware that students can be added to their classes through September 4, and they will work with students to help them catch up.
Remember that once a student is registered, it may take up to two business days before the student can access his or her course. As long as the registration system says “enrolled,” or “enrollment pending,” or “enrollment in process,” the student has a definite seat in the course, and you do not have to open a ticket if the student does not have immediate access. If the student can’t log in after two days, then either the student or the ELA can open a ticket with the support center (but just one person, please).
Enrollment Options
Late Adds: We will continue to enroll through Friday, Sept. 4, our 10th day of class.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 25, which is the end of our third marking period. 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. 4. See the note below on OCS courses that are at section capacity.
1/2 Credit Health Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until October 26.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 4, 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.
Important Upcoming Dates
4th Day of Class – August 27
Check the Day 3 Student Status (No-Show) Report in the registration system. This report is an early warning notice that identifies students who have not logged into their courses by Day 3.
Make contact with the parents and students who have not logged in. Determine the next steps for them. If you confirm that the student is not going to take the course, please drop them from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist.
8th Day of Class – September 2
Check the Day 7 Student Status Report. This report will be posted in the registration system. Students who have not logged in by Day 7 and submitted their first assignment will be identified in this report. This is our last notice of inactive students before the Day 10 drop deadline.
If you confirm that the student is not going to take the course, please drop him or her from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist. Also, after Day 10, a student’s enrollment will count in your allotment totals.
Please note that NCVPS will no longer administratively drop students who have not logged in.

10th Day of Class – September 4

This is the last day to add students and the last day for a student to drop a course(s) without penalty. Remember that the NCVPS teacher cannot drop the student. The ELA must drop the student in the registration system. Students on the roster after Day 10 will receive a grade and their enrollment will count in your allotment total.
Make contact with your testing coordinator to see when you need to order EOC/CTE tests for your students enrolled in courses with state mandated EOC/CTEs.
Additional Enrollment Notes
Getting Started for Schools
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.
Getting Started for Students
Our student checklist has moved! It used to be in a Google doc, but now you can find our Getting Started for Students web page at this link.
Courses at Capacity & Waitlists
Courses that are “at capacity” are the most difficult to get in. We have no additional teaches for those courses, we can’t open additional sections, and the sections are at max size. To move off the waitlist in a course that is at capacity, a student who is already enrolled in the course would have to drop.
This list shows the courses that are at capacity.
Our instructional directors are moving students off waitlists in courses that are not at capacity. Students may be on a waitlist for 1-2 days at this point as our directors make room for them in our courses.

We have a number of OCS courses for fall that are at section capacity. Schools can still add to existing sections, but we are not able to create new sections for the following OCS courses:

OCS English 2
OCS Applied Science
OCS American History 2
OCS English 3
OCS LDME and Math 1
OCS Financial Management
OCS American History 1
OCS Introduction to Math
OCS English 1
OCS English 4

Tech Updates

OpeningTicketOpening 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 – including 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.
Password Resets
If students have their correct email addresses in the registration system (this is important for a number of reasons), then they can use the password-reset feature on the Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas login pages.
JAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 51. Go to the link below and follow the instructions there.

http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 18.0.0.209 http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

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:
Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/
 
Tech Requirements
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

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.

NewELAsFor New ELCs, ELAs, and Lab Facilitators.

Are you a new district e-learning coordinator, school e-learning advisor, or lab facilitator?  If so, welcome to your new role!

We would like to help each of you. Please complete the short survey at this link, and we will reach out to you with some valuable resources.

ELCs, please forward this survey to your new school contacts.

Thank you!

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
  • Biology – Founder’s Education
  • Chemistry – Founder’s Education
  • Math 1 – Accelerate Education
  • Math 2 – Accelerate Education
  • Math 2 – Founder’s Education
  • Math 3 – Founder’s Education
  • Physical Science – Founder’s Education
  • Physics – Founder’s Education

PLShatteringProfessional 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. This course will explore the history, the trends, and the benefits of online and blended teaching while shattering the long established yet incorrect myths that seem to orbit online and blended learning.

The next class starts on September 14. Please check out this link for details.

 

Visit our new LEAD ED page for details on our professional learning program.

North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

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North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

August 27, 2015

NCVPS Registration Update

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Greetings, North Carolina districts and schools! We have several urgent registration updates for you. If you are in the district office, please forward this to your school-level NCVPS stakeholders.

Classes Started & Late Adds

NCVPS classes began on August 24, and we are now in our late add period. ELAs can still register students in our registration system through September 4. That is our tenth day of class.

Please note that students who start late will have work that they need to catch up on, and they may need extra support from the school in getting started. Our teachers are prepared for late starters, however!  They are aware that students can be added to their classes through September 4, and they will work with students to help them catch up.

Also, note that once a student is registered, it may take up to two business days before the student can access his or her course. As long as the registration system says “enrolled” or “enrollment pending,” the student has a definite seat in the course, and you do not have to open a ticket if the student does not have immediate access. If the student can’t log in after two days, then either the student or the ELA can open a ticket with the support center (but just one person, please).

Courses at Capacity

 

We have several courses at capacity that will be very difficult to get into this semester. The only way that a student can come off the waitlist for a course that is at capacity is if an enrolled student were to drop. Japanese, in particular, will be very difficult to get into. It has been at capacity since last spring.

 

Please follow this link to see our list of courses that are at capacity.

 

Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas

Be sure that students are aware that we have courses in three different platforms.  Many students who have courses in Blackboard are trying to log in to Moodle, and their passwords will not work on that platform.

Students can check which platform their classes are in on our log-in page. Have them scroll down this page to check:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/student-bbmoodle-login/

 

Password Resets

 

If students have their correct email addresses in the registration system (this is important for a number of reasons), then they can use the password-reset feature on the Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas login pages.

 

 

Virtual Support Center Tickets

 

We have a large number of similar ticket requests in our Virtual Support Center that we would like to address.  Our year-end transition (YET) sync from PowerSchool had some formatting issues that sent many student accounts to the wrong schools, and many other students were left unassigned to any school. We are in the process of fixing that right now!

When you open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center, please be sure to include the following information in your ticket:

Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)

The student’s first and last name (if the ticket concerns a student)

The student’s PowerSchool ID number

Course name if it’s an issue with a particular course. Include the 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

If you need a student transferred into your school’s account from another school’s account, please include the following information:

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

Ticket Confirmations

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.

 

Thank you all for your patience!

 

Adam
Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,

SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

August 22, 2015

NCVPS E-lert for August 21, 2015 – Fall Edition I

I missed posting this yesterday…

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.
August 21, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2015
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.
August 10 – Early calendar courses begin.
August 13 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 13 – Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 19 – Early Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 21 – Last day to add or drop early calendar classes.
August 24 – Traditional and Yearlong courses begin.
August 27 – Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 2 – Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 4 – Last day to drop or add students into traditional calendar block and yearlong classes.

Essential Links

Celebrate & Connect

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

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

Current E-lert News

What’s New?
what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
Check out this week’s important updates:
New This Week
Important From Last Week!

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

Fall2015Fall 2015 – Classes Start August 24

Traditional block and yearlong classes begin onAugust 24. Early calendar courses have already begun!

 

Here are a few resources to get you started:

 

Getting Started for Schools

 

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.

 

Getting Started for Students

 

Our student checklist has moved! It used to be in a Google doc, but now you can find our Getting Started for Students web page at this link.

 

Courses Nearing Capacity

 

coursecapacityWe 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.

EnrollmentNumbersNCVPS Enrollment by the Numbers
NCVPS enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is going strong! Compare our numbers to last year at this time:
We ended up with a record enrollment last year of 55,000+ students for summer, fall, and spring. We expect to have an even higher enrollment this year!
Naturally, we would like to thank the districts and schools in North Carolina for their tremendous participation. In addition to our traditional enrollments from schools, we have seen some great blended-learning, personalized-learning, and online academies that use NCVPS courses in a growing number of North Carolina school districts. That’s outstanding, and we love that type of thinking!

LabGuideNew NCVPS Lab Facilitators Guide

We have a newly developed NCVPS Lab Facilitator’s Guide. Please check it out here:
The guide 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.
Please take this guide and adapt it into your district or school’s own version. What works well in one district may not work well in another. What works well in one home may not be suitable in another. So tear this guide apart and put your stamp on it.
We hope this helps all the great lab facilitators in the state who, in turn, help NCVPS students every day!

NewELAsFor New ELCs, ELAs, and Lab Facilitators.

Are you a new district e-learning coordinator, school e-learning advisor, or lab facilitator?  If so, welcome to your new role!

We would like to help each of you. Please complete the short survey at this link, and we will reach out to you with some valuable resources.

ELCs, please forward this survey to your new school contacts.

Thank you!

PLShatteringProfessional 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. This course will explore the history, the trends, and the benefits of online and blended teaching while shattering the long established yet incorrect myths that seem to orbit online and blended learning.

The next class starts on September 14. Please check out this link for details.

 

Visit our new LEAD ED page for details on our professional learning program.

NCAAThe NCAA Eligibility Center

A number recent high graduates who had taken courses with NCVPS have contact us about their NCAA eligibility. Their colleges are requesting more information about their online courses. When colleges need more information for the NCAA to clear a student, it usually indicates that the NCVPS course was not recorded correctly onto the student’s transcript.

 

A transcript should indicate NCVPS courses like this:

 

Math I – NCVPS

Math I CR – NCVPS (for the credit recovery classes)

 

Versions of this are incorrect:

 

Math I – ONLINE

Math I CR – ONLINE

 

Transcripts may also reflect the course title like this:

 

algebraIsec04spr11 – NCVPS

 

This is how the NCAA needs to see NCVPS courses on student transcripts. This will allow the student to clear the NCAA Eligibility Center.

healthpeHealth & PE Course Updates

We are offering three versions of our health and/or physical education courses. These are the course titles that you will find in the registration system:

Health Education: .5 credit
Fitness-Physical Education: .5 credit
HPE – Health and Physical Education: 1 creditWe are piloting the Fitness-Physical Education and HPE – Health and Physical Education courses this fall. They will be available for open registration in the Spring 2016 semester.
If you are interested in piloting the courses this fall, please email Karen Creech at karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

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.

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.

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

  • AP Biology – Edmentum
  • AP Calculus AB – Edmentum
  • AP Chemistry – Apex Learning
  • AP Chemistry – Edmentum
  • AP French – Edmentum
  • AP US History – Edmentum
  • ChemistryApex – Learning
  • Spanish 2 – Florida Virtual
  • Spanish 3 Honors – Florida Virtual

Tech Updates
JavaUpdateJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 51. Go to the link below and follow the instructions there.http://java.com/en/download/manual.jspPlease go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 18.0.0.209 http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

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.
See image: http://screencast.com/t/ZdciZ55coU4

 

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:

 

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org/

 

Blackboard:  https://ncvps.blackboard.com/

 

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: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/

 

Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

 

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:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Middle School Creative Writing

(Click on image for a larger view.)

 

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.

Sharepoint Added to Catalogue

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

 

View our full course catalog here.

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.

North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/
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