Course Suite set to Launch for the 2018-2019 School Year
Virtual High School (VHS), Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and D2L have completed an 18-month course development project to write, design, and develop 36 elementary courses from Kindergarten to Grade 5.
The project — which produced 34,903 pages of content — is one of the largest, content-development projects to take place in such a short timeframe in North America.
VHS joined with D2L to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) released by FLVS in 2016. FLVS released the RFP following a decision to build out its own elementary course content, rather than leasing content from another provider. With 20 years of experience in course design and development for VHS’s own course offerings, D2L knew VHS was uniquely positioned to be successful. VHS responded to the RFP as a vendor for content development services and was ranked as the top vendor by FLVS after a rigorous review process. The announcement to award the entire project to VHS, in partnership with D2L, was posted by FLVS in August 2016.
The completion of the Elementary Course Development Project is a major milestone for VHS, D2L, and FLVS. VHS and FLVS both built large teams to write, develop, and review course content in eight different subject areas (Math, Technology, Science, Physical Education, English, Spanish, Social Studies, and Art). D2L assisted in the creation of custom interactives and graphic assets for use in the courses. The final product of this project is a suite of engaging, interactive, and media-rich online courses to be used by FLVS in the United States and worldwide by any of its students.
FLVS, VHS, and D2L are excited for the launch of the course suite for the 2018-2019 school year and for students to engage with the courses created over the past 18 months.
- VHS is a private online high school based out of Bayfield, Ontario with 9000 enrollments expected this year and an expanding content development department
- FLVS is a public online school based out of Orlando, Florida
- For more information about FLVS, visit https://flvs.net/
- For more information about Virtual High School, visit www.virtualhighschool.com
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Virtual High School is an online course development company based out of Bayfield, Ontario, Canada that specializes in custom course development work. VHS has developed over 125 online courses ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including its work with FLVS, and plans to expand its course development services in the future.
VHS is also a fully online high school offering Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credits to students worldwide. VHS was created when its founder saw a need for a different approach to education that would allow flexibility and a student-centered approach to learning. Today, VHS’s model supports learners of all types, with students able to start any day of the year and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedules. VHS is expecting 9000 enrollments in 2018 and has issued more than 50,000 OSSD credits since 2001.
Florida Virtual School® (FLVS®) is a fully accredited, statewide public school district offering more than 150 courses to Kindergarten-12 students. Its certified teachers use a variety of personalized instructional programs to create individualized educational plans for every student. Since 1997, FLVS students have successfully completed more than 3.6 million semester enrollments. FLVS also provides its courseware and expertise to online and blended learning programs across the nation. Services include content licensing, FLVS Global School, District Virtual Schools, digital learning labs, and professional development. As a not-for-profit, FLVS reinvests revenue into the development of new educational technologies and the creation of the highest-quality courses, benefiting students in Florida and beyond. To learn more, visit www.flvs.net.
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