Virtually Yours

In an earlier post, I wondered

Is it conceivable to think that bypasses can be built around an educational system that was perfect for the industrial age? More troubling, are bypasses to success already being built around people (young and old) who are ill-prepared for the global competition that is upon us and predicted to multiply exponentially in the no-so-distant future?

Virtual educational options are precisely those bypasses. North Carolina Virtual Public School has begun its registration process for summer classes (credit recovery and acceleration) and for fall classes. This new option for North Carolina students is bringing a radical shift in the way we have traditionally done business. Here are some examples:

  • Since there is no cap on student enrollment, the enrollment window will remain open until summer for summer classes and until fall for fall classes.
  • The student registration site is accessed by students, parents, members of the school community and Distance Learning Advisors to initiate a student registration request for course enrollment.
  • The site runs a systems check on student computers to ensure compatibility with course delivery.
  • To prepare school-level Distance Learning Advisors, an online NCVPS Distance Learning Advisor Orientation and Training program has been created.

NCVPS is generating much buzz in North Carolina educational circles. This virtual option will fill a variety of needs for many school systems. Strong political clout is behind it. Given the times and the technology—not to mention its superior leadership— the success of NCVPS is “virtually assured.”

Those steering NCVPS have worked diligently to free it from the walls that limit traditional school options. We in the field must guard against returning it to a box as we break it out to our students.

North Carolina Virtual Public School is getting ready for business.  Are we getting ready for it?


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