Virtual School Meanderings

February 12, 2016

NCVPS E-lert for February 11, 2016 – Spring Edition IV

Also 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.
NCVPS E-lert for February 11, 2016 – Spring Edition IV

Calendar Check
2016
Jan. 19: Traditional calendar Spring 2016 semester begins.
Jan. 22: Day 3 Student status report posted in the registration system.
Jan. 28: Day 3 Student status report posted in the registration system.
Feb. 3: Last day to drop or add for traditional calendar spring courses.
Feb. 11: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
Feb. 25: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
See the complete NCVPS calendar at this link.

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 pic
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.

SpringRegSpring Updates

Enrollment Options

Our Spring 2016 enrollment has closed. However, we still have a number of options for schools.

Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until March 18, 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 February 3.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until March 21.
Transfer Students: After February 3, 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.
Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit: Our new mastery learning courses will help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out the details here for mastery learning enrollment.

GradeReportingGrade Reporting

What’s on the Schedule?
Feb. 11 – Progress Reports for All Classes
Report Details
See the details below for all of our reporting.
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.
Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.
Grade Reports
Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.
Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.
Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.
Additional Resources
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Tech Updates
Spring 2016 Tech Notes
 
Student Login Check
We encourage students to confirm their login information before classes start.
Note that students will have to be enrolled into the course for their logins to work. After a student is enrolled, it usually takes 24 hours for their logins to work.
Check Which Platform Your Class Is In
Are students having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

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

Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
CourseSec01Spring16.
Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Spring15.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
 
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
Please have students confirm/update their e-mail. Here’s how to do that:
In Moodle:
Navigate to Administration
My Profile settings
Edit Profile
Verify or update e-mail
Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
Click on setting
Click on Personal Information
Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

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

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 71.Head to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 20.0.0.286 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.
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/

FacilitatorsLab Facilitator’s Guide

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

CollabConfCollaborative Conference for Student Achievement
What does success look like? Find out at CCSA 2016!
The Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement features a gallery of professional development and information sessions for educators, policy makers, innovators and community members with an interest in innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today andtomorrow.
The conference will feature 250 sessions with tracks for K-12 learning standards, K-12 online and blended learning structures, policy, research, accountability, student engagement and more.
Follow this link for more details. We hope to see you there!

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
Chemistry – OdysseyWare
Math 1 – OdysseyWare
Math 2 – OdysseyWare
Math 3 – OdysseyWare
Physics – OdysseyWare
World Geography – OdysseyWare
World History – OdysseyWare
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/

February 5, 2016

NCVPS E-lert for November 4, 2016 – Spring 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.
NCVPS E-lert for November 4, 2016 – Spring Edition III

Calendar Check
2016
Jan. 19: Traditional calendar Spring 2016 semester begins.
Jan. 22: Day 3 Student status report posted in the registration system.
Jan. 28: Day 3 Student status report posted in the registration system.
Feb. 3: Last day to drop or add for traditional calendar spring courses.
Feb. 11: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
Feb. 25: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
See the complete NCVPS calendar at this link.

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 pic
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.

SpringRegSpring Updates

Enrollment Options

Our Spring 2016 enrollment has closed. However, we still have a number of options for schools.

Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until March 18, 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 February 3.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until March 21.
Transfer Students: After February 3, 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. Open a ticket with our support center to get started.
Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit: Our new mastery learning courses will help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out the details here for mastery learning enrollment.

GradeReportingGrade Reporting

What’s on the Schedule?
Feb. 11 – Progress Reports for All Classes
Report Details
See the details below for all of our reporting.
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.
Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.
Grade Reports
Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.
Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.
Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.
Additional Resources
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Tech Updates
Spring 2016 Tech Notes
 
Student Login Check
We encourage students to confirm their login information before classes start.
Note that students will have to be enrolled into the course for their logins to work. After a student is enrolled, it usually takes 24 hours for their logins to work.
Check Which Platform Your Class Is In
Are students having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

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

Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
CourseSec01Spring16.
Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Spring15.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
 
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
Please have students confirm/update their e-mail. Here’s how to do that:
In Moodle:
Navigate to Administration
My Profile settings
Edit Profile
Verify or update e-mail
Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
Click on setting
Click on Personal Information
Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

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

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates

Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 71.Head to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 20.0.0.286 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.
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/

FacilitatorsLab Facilitator’s Guide

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

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

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor
AP Literature – Apex Learning
American History: Founding Principles – Edgenuity
American History 1 – Edgenuity
American History 2 – Edgenuity
OCS Math 1 – Edgenuity
OCS English 2 – Edgenuity
OCS English 3 – Edgenuity
OCS English 4 – Edgenuity
World History – Edgenuity
MS ELA 6 – Florida Virtual
MS Math 6 – Florida Virtual
MS Math 7 – Florida Virtual
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/

January 29, 2016

NCVPS E-lert for January 28, 2016 – Spring Edition II – REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO FEB. 3

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.
NCVPS E-lert for January 28, 2016 – Spring Edition II
 

Calendar Check
2016
Jan. 19: Traditional calendar Spring 2016 semester begins.
Jan. 22: Day 3 Student status report posted in the registration system.
Jan. 28: Day 3 Student status report posted in the registration system.
Feb. 3: Last day to drop or add for traditional calendar spring courses.
See the complete NCVPS calendar at this link.

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 pic
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.

 

SpringRegSpring Updates

Registration Extended to Feb. 3
Due to the impact of inclement weather, NCVPS has extended its Drop/Add deadline toWednesday, Feb. 3. We know this will help districts that have lost school days due to the weather.
Please note that our Day 7 Student Status report will be posted in the registration system on Friday, Jan. 28.  Please check the report to see if any students should be contacted about their lack of performance or if they need to be dropped.
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
Please note that we have a number of closed early calendar courses for Spring 2016. 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 this list of courses that are at or near capacity
Student Status Reports
Be sure to check the registration system for our no-show reports. The Day 7 report posts on Jan. 28. The student status reports give ELAs an early warning about students who have not logged in to their courses yet.
If students are listed as a “no-show” be sure to reach out to those students to make sure that they have access and can get started. If you know the student isn’t going to take the course, please go ahead and drop that student in our registration system.
Enrollment Reports
 Click here to see how to access your spring enrollment report if you would like to view which students you already have enrolled for spring. Be sure to select “Spring 2016.”
Funding
If your district uses its total allotments for NCVPS, the district coordinator can request access to our reserve funds.  Here’s the link for that request. Using our reserve funds will not cost your district or charter school anything this year; although, you will likely see an increase in your allotment totals in next year’s budget.
Notes from Tech for Spring 2016
Student Login Check
We encourage students to confirm their login information before classes start.
Note that students will have to be enrolled into the course for their logins to work. After a student is enrolled, it usually takes 24 hours for their logins to work.
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
CourseSec01Spring16.
Help Desk Ticketing Tips    
When opening a Help Desk ticket please always include the following:
-Students first & last name
-ID number
-Course enrolled
This will help to insure we have the correct student.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
Please have students confirm/update their e-mail. Here’s how to do that:
In Moodle:
Navigate to Administration
My Profile settings
Edit Profile
Verify or update e-mail
Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
Click on setting
Click on Personal Information
Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:
CourseSpotlightsCourse Spotlights
We have a number of courses that can help expand a school’s course catalogue. See if the following options can help your students for spring:
Visual Arts – We have a number of unique, challenging, and hard-to-find-elsewhere visual arts courses. See those courses at this link.
Middle School Courses – We have some great middle school electives. These courses are for middle school credit, and they are a terrific way to introduce middle school students to online learning. See those courses at this link.

Health and Physical Education – We now have a ½ credit health course, a ½ credit physical education course, and a full-credit health and physical education course.  These courses have already helped schools with students who have moved in from out-of-state and are missing some combination of health and PE. Early college campuses are also using these courses to meet their needs for health and PE.  Learn more about our health and PE courses at this link.

*We still have room in our 2nd 9-weeks health courses for students! Registration for the second session courses will remain open for the next nine weeks.

 

Learning Management Systems – Message for Students & Facilitators

During the 2016 Spring semester, NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems (LMS), Canvas, Blackboard, and Moodle. To verify which platform your students course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

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

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org

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

Canvas: https://ncvps.instructure.com/login/canvas/

Please make sure to direct your students to the appropriate LMS to avoid login confusion.

It is also a good practice to bookmark those login pages on each computer. Many students first go to the NCVPS webpage to log in, and if our web page is offline, then students can’t log in. Bookmarking the login pages avoids that problem.

 

OCSGuidlinesNCVPS OCS Course Policies and Guidelines

We would like to share our new NCVPS OCS Course Policies and Guidelines at this link.  Please familiarize yourself with these policies and refer to this throughout the semester as issues arise.
Spring 2016 registration is still ongoing.  If you have any OCS registration questions or questions about our OCS Course policies, please contact Sherry Bell, NCVPS OCS Course Instructional Director at (828)537-0059, or  sherry.bell@ncpublicschools.gov.
Many of our OCS courses are close to capacity for spring, and we have already closed OCS Eng 1, OCS Local Math/OCS Math 1 and OCS Biology to any new enrollments.  If you still need to add OCS courses for spring, please do so right away.  We anticipate more closures of courses due to capacity.
We appreciate your support and partnership with our NCVPS OCS Courses!

 

GradeReportingGrade Reporting

What’s on the Schedule?
We have two new reports posted in the registration system.
Jan. 28 – Traditional Calendar Day 7 Student Status Report
Report Details
See the details below for all of our reporting.
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.
Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.
Grade Reports
Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.
Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.
Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.
Additional Resources
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

 

Tech Updates
Spring 2016 Tech Notes
 

Student Login Check

We encourage students to confirm their login information before classes start.
Note that students will have to be enrolled into the course for their logins to work. After a student is enrolled, it usually takes 24 hours for their logins to work.
Check Which Platform Your Class Is In
Are students having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

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

Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
CourseSec01Spring16.
Help Desk Ticketing Tips    
When opening a Help Desk ticket please always include the following:
-Students first & last name
-ID number
-Course enrolled
This will help to insure we have the correct student.
Student Email Confirmations in Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard
Please have students confirm/update their e-mail. Here’s how to do that:
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
In Moodle:
Navigate to Administration
My Profile settings
Edit Profile
Verify or update e-mail
Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
In Blackboard:
Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
Click on setting
Click on Personal Information
Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit

Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center

When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – 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.
javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 71.Head to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 20.0.0.286 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.
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/

 

FacilitatorsLab Facilitator’s Guide

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

 

 

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

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor
AP Literature – Apex Learning
American History: Founding Principles – Edgenuity
American History 1 – Edgenuity
American History 2 – Edgenuity
OCS Math 1 – Edgenuity
OCS English 2 – Edgenuity
OCS English 3 – Edgenuity
OCS English 4 – Edgenuity
World History – Edgenuity
MS ELA 6 – Florida Virtual
MS Math 6 – Florida Virtual
MS Math 7 – Florida Virtual
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/

January 28, 2016

Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit with NCVPS

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit
NCVPS is pleased to announce that its Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit pilot program is ready to go statewide. This program gives schools the option to provide alternative scheduling to students in special enrollment situations. NCVPS functions as an intervention for students in these situations.
Program Overview
NCVPS began using mastery learning when we launched our credit recovery program in 2008. Now the future of learning model points toward mastery learning, and we have taken what works so well in our credit recovery program and applied it to our standard courses.
How will mastery learning work for first-time credit? Here are the details:
  • Allows schools the option to schedule differently students in special situations that don’t happen during convenient scheduling windows during a school year.
  • Allows NCVPS to become an intervention strategy for schools with difficult student situations.
  • Students who are in a course for first time credit and need another scheduling option can begin the same course in NCVPS from the NCVPS course beginning and work at their own pace to complete the course.  Enrollment start date/end date are not time bound.
  • An exceptional NCVPS veteran teacher will be assigned to in the Mastery Learning for First Time Credit student to teach, direct, and support.

Our mastery learning program allows students to take a first-time credit course from the beginning and work at their own pace to complete the course with their NCVPS teacher. The enrollment start date is not time bound, similar to our credit recovery courses.

Program Benefits
In one scenario from our pilot program, a student was unable to attend class in the morning at his traditional school due to the effects of a medication he was taking.  The student was failing both morning courses by October while the student was passing both afternoon courses. The student could not be an NCVPS transfer because the content mastery did not exist and both courses were failing grades. Instead, this student’s principal allowed the student to take the same two courses through NCVPS, beginning the course right when the course was needed. The student came to his traditional school for his afternoon classes,  and he worked after school and in the evening on his two NCVPS courses. This student was successful in all four of his courses for the semester.

Success from 2014-2015 school year showed that over 80% of the students enrolled in the pilot program were successful in completing the course, mastering the content, and moving to the next level of instruction.

Which Students Should You Enroll?
NCVPS provides schools with many enrollment options.  Mastery Learning provides yet another option so students don’t fall through the “enrollment window cracks.”
Mastery Learning is not a replacement for the following options:
  1. Traditional Enrollments – If a student can start a course within the traditional start dates, this may be the best first option.
  2. Transfer Students –  If a student meets transfer requirements, this may be the best first option.
  3. Credit Recovery –  If a student needs a credit recovery course, NCVPS Credit Recovery, with its flexible enrollment dates, may be the best first option.
Mastery Learning is for those situations where students need a course and none of the three options above work — that’s where Mastery Learning comes in!
Mastery Learning for Students & Schools
Students work at their own pace with their NCVPS teacher.   The expectations for NCVPS teachers remain the same for teacher grading, communication, and teaching.  The NCVPS teacher will keep parents and students informed of student progress with weekly updates.
We are working with the mastery learning concept — this means that once a student masters the concept (85 or above), the student moves on.  But our teachers have flexibility as well.  A student may come to the course with knowledge — our teachers can assess where that student is and only require assignments for a unit that present new learning.  This is especially important for students who have already started the course but needed to move to the Mastery Learning option.

When a student is enrolled into the Mastery Learning for First Time Credit course, schools are charged the block enrollment fee of $349.  If the student’s time in the course extends to another semester, the school is not charged again.  After two semesters, NCVPS and the school will discuss future plans and needs for the student.

Next Steps
Do you think you have students that could benefit from the Mastery Learning for First Time Credit program?
Please do a quick Help Desk ticket through the Virtual Support Center here. This protects student information as required by FERPA. Identify the following in your ticket:
  1. Identify “Mastery Learning Request” in your ticket title.
  2. Include the student’s full name
  3. Include the student’s PowerSchool ID number
  4. Include your school name
  5. Identify the course needed.
  6. Also include any relevant details such as what is happening with the student so that Mastery Learning is needed.

NCVPS will respond quickly to your ticket to see how we can best help your students!

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/

January 27, 2016

Leaders of Excellence and the Advancement of Digital Education (LEAD Ed)

The folks with the NCVPS asked me to post this:

North Carolina Virtual Public School offers quality professional learning courses and free webinars as part of their Leaders of Excellence and the Advancement of Digital Education (LEAD Ed) initiative. For course and webinar descriptions, enrollment processes, and course pricing, click on the respective course and webinar badges linked above.

Attachment: pl_leaded-flyer.pdf

If you are interested, check out previous entries about this program on this blog.

Next Page »

The Rubric Theme. Blog at WordPress.com.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,571 other followers