Georgia Virtual School Signs On for Online Courses

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The Georgia Virtual School this week signed on with the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), a service of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education that provides course materials designed specifically for online delivery.

NROC is a non-profit project that offers courses and course materials for high school and higher education, including Advanced Placement. The content is distributed to students and teachers free of charge at hippocampus.org. The NROC Network, a fee-based service for institutional members, provides collaboration for online course development. It also includes additional teaching resources, assessments with answer keys, technical support, additional multimedia content, and professional development resources. (NROC Network is free for organizations that serve disadvantaged students.)

"NROC content will allow us to expand the multimedia components of our online courses and provide alternative avenues for different learning styles. It will benefit both our students and the teachers who are using it," said Jay Heap, program coordinator for course development for Georgia Virtual School, in a statement released this week.

NROC Network runs $3,000 to $50,000 per year, depending on enrollment. A two-year statewide license costs $100,000. Further information on licensing options can be found here.

Georgia Virtual School, operated out of the Georgia Department of Education's Office of Technology Services, provides a full high school curriculum and partial middle school curriculum, offering courses free of charge to all Georgia students. It also provides credit recovery and math remediation services.

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