Virtual Courses: Courses offered online in which the vendor provides the appropriate credentialed teacher. Virtual courses may be used for original credit or as an option for credit recovery. These courses are ideal for students needing a course that is not offered at their school site or are unable to include a specific class into their regular schedule (master schedule outliers). These courses are NCAA approved. Some online courses require materials to be purchased.
Although virtual courses provide an online teacher with the appropriate subject credential, the school must identify a credentialed teacher (in any subject area) to serve as a mentor for students. In addition to proctoring assessments and communicating with the Virtual teacher, the mentor is responsible for monitoring student progress in virtual courses and empowering student(s) with best practices in completing an online course. Schools should designate staff that is able to build a rapport with students and is able to continuously reflect with students on their progress and needs.
In Virtual courses the mentor cannot assign supplemental assignments; the mentor is responsible for reporting the grade assigned by the online instructor.
Supervising Mentor: a “supervising mentor” must be designated to oversee a school’s Vrtual learning implementation to ensure fidelity to its implementation and serve as the point of contact for the school’s virtual learning program.
Special Education Accommodations are available for Virtual courses. Mentors providing support for students with disabilities or students with 504 plans, who intend to complete Virtual courses, must submit the Accommodation Plan Form to the online instructor during the enrollment process.
NCAA recognition: in order for a course to be recognized by NCAA it must be completed between 12-18 weeks. NCAA does not recognize Prescriptive versions; NCAA students must use the core (original-credit) version even when completing a course for credit recovery purposes.
Online courses in MiSiS will be identified with the transcript abbreviation and vendor abbreviation followed by an “L.” For example, a virtual Edgenuity course would appear as: “EDGL”; a virtual APEX course would appear as “APXL”
Prescriptive versions: Some Virtual and Blended model courses are also offered in a Prescriptive (mastery-based) version. These courses contain the same content as the (original credit) versions with a “test-out” feature. The Prescriptive course option is only available for students as a credit recovery option. This model cannot be used to obtain original credit. Prescriptive courses are not NCAA approved regardless if offered in the virtual model. Any student that plans to pursue NCAA recognition should be assigned to complete a non-Prescriptive Virtual or non-Prescriptive Blended course. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are not available in Prescriptive versions.
- Virtual: Prescriptive courses also require the school to identify a credentialed teacher (in any subject area) to serve as a mentor for students. In addition to proctoring assessments and communicating with the Virtual teacher, the mentor is responsible for monitoring student progress in Virtual courses and empowering student(s) with best practices in completing an online course. In Prescriptive Virtual courses, the mentor cannot assign supplemental assignments; the mentor is responsible for reporting the grade assigned by the online instructor.
- Blended: Prescriptive courses also require the school to provide the appropriate subject area LA Unified credentialed teacher to be the primary instructor throughout the courses in this model. The primary instructor monitors student progress, provides direct instruction when needed, and proctors student assessments. The subject area credentialed teacher must be programmed into a period with the students before or after school.
Students are not programmed into Prescriptive Blended courses during the school day due to the "test-out"feature that this model provides, allowing students the opportunity to complete a course at their own pace. Students who opt to complete a mastery-based course will be except from the 60-hour in-seat requirement and will obtain the course numerical credits upon completion of the course.
- Edgenuity students take a pretest for each lesson individually and skips the lesson if they demonstrate proficiency.
- Prescriptive course: the threshold for pre-tests is set to 70% in order for students to "test-out" of a lesson/unit.
Prescriptive (mastery-based) courses in MiSIS will be identified with the transcript abbreviation and the vendor abbreviation followed by a “P.” For example, a prescriptive Edgenuity prescriptive course would appear as “EDGP”
APEX Virtual Course Enrollment Form (Single Student)
Please use the form below to request an Apex Learning VIRTUAL Course license for the 2017-2018 school year. This form is to be completed ONLY by the Supervising Mentor (usually a site administrator or student's counselor) that has been designated by the principal as the person responsible for the implementation of the virtual program at the school site. Complete this form for each student requesting a course AFTER you have purchased a license for the student.