E-Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I find contact information for E-Learning and UCVirtual teachers?
When can students begin taking online courses in UCPS?
Upon approval and recommendation from school personnel, middle school students may begin to take courses online.
How can a student sign up for an online class?
Students should discuss online learning options with their counselor during registration (and rising freshman during spring registration meetings with the high school). Guidance counselors will register students based on the student's plan and request the registration.
Are courses self-paced?
Online learning courses are not self-paced overall, though there is often room for flexibility during weeks or units. Students must work daily in their courses. Assignments and modules have deadlines that are clearly communicated in online courses.
Can a student take all levels of courses online?
College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) level courses are all offered online. Students should discuss the best level choice of courses with their guidance counselor.
Can a student take an online course Pass/Fail?
E-Learning courses can be taken as a pass/fail course if the request meets the requirements stated in the high school Program of Studies. A summer course taken pass/fail belongs to the next school year.
Are there summer opportunities for E-Learning? What does that look like?
Both UCVirtual and NCVPS offer summer courses. Courses usually run from mid-June through the first week in August - 8 weeks. Because of the shortened nature of the summer term, students complete 2-3 lessons a day, which averages 3-5 hours of work daily. Taking a summer school course is not recommended if a student is going to be traveling without consistent internet access.
If a course is offered through both NCVPS and UCVirtual, can I choose where to take it?
If courses are offered in both places, guidance will register students on UCVirtual.
Can my student take a "5th period" online?
Students can take online courses over and above their regular school day. In order to be successful, a student needs consistent internet access.
Where will I take my online class?
Online classes taken during the school day are taken in an online learning lab, supervised by a Lab Facilitator. Lab facilitators support students in their online learning and are excellent resources.
What qualities would help me be a successful online learner?
Successful online learners are motivated, organized, and comfortable reaching out to their teacher when there are questions. Having internet access at home is highly beneficial to the student.
How far into the semester may I add/drop a class?
The end of drop/add during the semester is day 10 for both NCVPS and UCVirtual courses. However, schools sometimes have policies shorter than this, so it is important to be aware of your school's policy. In the summer, the add period is shorter, at 5 days, but the drop period remains 10 days.
Where are UCVirtual courses housed?
UCVirtual courses are located in Canvas. Students can access their Canvas account through their NC EdCloud.
Will my UCVirtual course grades be on my report card?
Yes. UCVirtual grades will appear on the report card each term. Each six weeks grade counts for 25% and the final counts for 25%.
How can a parent find out a student's grade in his/her UCVirtual course?
A student can pull up his/her grades to show his/her parent at any time. Progress reports are sent to lab facilitators at the midpoint of every six weeks and grades are on report cards.
What does the UCVirtual calendar look like?
The UCVirtual calendar matches the traditional UCPS calendar. The first day of the semester is the first day of instruction. The last day of instruction is the final day before exams, then students take a final exam during exam week.
Are the prerequisites for a UCVirtual online course the same as classes taken in a classroom?
Yes. Please consult the program of studies for any applicable pre-requisites.
How and when do I take my UCVirtual Final Exam?
UCVirtual final exams are given at the school during exam week and are run through the testing coordinator.
What should I do if I am having difficulty with a class?
Students should reach out to their online teacher first. Lab facilitators can also be a support with planning out daily work, technical issues, and getting plugged into tutoring options at the school.
What are the communication and grading expectations for UCVirtual teachers?
Teachers are expected to return communication within 24 hours during the work week. That means an email to a teacher on Friday afternoon would be returned no later than Monday at the same time. On-time assignment submissions must be graded within 48 hours. Assignments turned in as make-up work may be graded later. If you have concerns, please reach out to your student's teacher.
Are UCVirtual courses approved by the NCAA clearinghouse?
School year courses from fall 2015 and beyond are approved by the NCAA. Summer courses are not approved by NCAA clearinghouse. Student athletes should take summer courses thru NCVPS.
North Carolina Virtual Public School FAQ
Where are NCVPS courses housed?
NCVPS courses are housed in Moodle, Blackboard, or Canvas. Schools will provide information to students as to where their course is located, but this information is also in the course catalog at ncvps.org.
What should I do if I am having difficulty with a class?
Students should reach out to their teacher first. Lab facilitators can also be a support with planning out daily work, technical issues, and getting plugged into tutoring options at the school. NCVPS also has peer tutoring options for many courses.
Will my NCVPS course grades be on my report card?
A grade will be listed on the report card at the end of the semester for semester courses or year for year-long courses. NCVPS will report a cumulative progress report every two-weeks. The lab facilitator at the school is able to print these reports and distribute to the student.
NCVPS semester courses are weighted 75% for the coursework and 25% for the final exam. Yearlong courses are weighted 75% for the coursework and 25% for the final exam.
How can a parent find out a student's grade in his/her NCVPS course?
Parents can now download the Canvas Parent app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. Parents will need student login information to set up their parent accounts. This will have to come from the school. NCVPS cannot supply login credentials to parents or facilitators. Check with your school's e-learning advisor (ELA). The Canvas Parent app is designed to provide visibility into a student's progress at a glance. Canvas Parent allows both parents and facilitators to:
- View assignment descriptions and due dates
- Set reminders for assignments
- View assignment grades
- View course grades
- Set grade alerts
- View course announcements
Here are several helpful links: Canvas Parent Guide Overview Canvas Parent Android Guide Canvas Parent iOS Guide Parents and facilitators can also use the Parent Portal online. Directions on how to use the portal are here.
Are the prerequisites for an NCVPS online course the same as classes taken in a classroom?
Not always. NCVPS prerequisites are listed here:
What are the communication and grading expectations for NCVPS teachers?
Teachers are expected to return communication within 24 hours during the work week. That means an email to a teacher on Friday afternoon would be returned no later than Monday at the same time. On-time assignment submissions must be graded within 24 hours. Assignments turned in as make-up work may be graded later. If you have concerns, please reach out to your student's lab facilitator.
Are NCVPS courses approved by the NCAA clearinghouse?
Yes, NCVPS courses are approved by the NCAA clearinghouse.