Inside NCVPS Courses
NCVPS courses are organic to North Carolina, created by teams of North Carolina teachers and virtual learning specialists. The courses are tailored to meet the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. They are not a canned, off-the-shelf product. They are a dynamic learning experience that is improved with continual development and revision. They have rigor, depth, diversity, and built-in supports to meet the needs of all students.
Our courses include interactive learning objects, videos, audio recordings, infographics, images, screencasts, online demonstrations, and text readings that keep students engaged. Courses utilize real-time and asynchronous collaborative tools that connect students to their teachers and to each other.
The high-quality courses use learning objects created with Raptivity or Articulate, which makes the learning interactive. Students have to click on something, mouse over something, type something, or say something for the object to work. Our courses are not passive-reading worksheets online.
The Canvas Learning Management System
Resources and Technologies
NCVPS uses leading educational resources to include Discovery, SAS, Khan Academy, Bozeman Science, and Gizmos.
Course development technologies include Raptivity, CommonCraft, Articulate, Kaltura, Articulate, SoftChalk, Camtasia, UpSwing, and WebAssign.
Course Sharing and Development
NCVPS has a partnership with the Virtual School Leadership Alliance (VSLA). The VSLA provides the opportunity to share courses with other state virtual schools. We have shared courses with our counterparts in Montana, Idaho, and Georgia.
We also share courses with North Carolina school districts. This process is being streamlined with the statewide adoption of the Canvas learning management system.
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Teaching and Learning
Our teachers are at the heart of what we do. Our courses are teacher driven. We are not an online software program. All of our teachers are certified in North Carolina and have met the "highly qualified" standard established by the Department of Public Instruction before they can apply to teach with NCVPS.
Teachers add fresh, dynamic content daily to meet the needs of their students. If the student is advanced, our teachers provide enrichment. If the student needs remediation, our teachers deliver the right content for that student at that time.
For more on how teaching and learning works with NCVPS, visit our Teaching and Learning web page at this link.