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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Education announced an expanded agreement Thursday with the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative to provide resources to schools and students across the state as they work to teach and learn remotely due to COVID-19.

This partnership will provide the VTVLC's virtual learning management system, Canvas LMS, to support school districts and supervisory unions, career technical centers and adult education centers, according to a media release from the AOE.

Canvas LMS is targeted to serve students in grades 6-12.

This option will be provided for free to districts, schools and providers. According to the AOE, Canvas LMS is a known and trusted system that is highly compatible with other platforms, and is used by other educational institutions in Vermont, such as the Vermont State Colleges system.

This will allow seamless integration with Flexible and Career Pathways work, including dual enrollment and early college. Canvas LMS will also allow content to be published statewide and account for rapid changes as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

VTVLC will work with school districts around the state to expand the system and provide expanded content.

VTVLC, a state partner that has served over 14,000 Vermont students through online courses, will also provide training, professional learning, and mentorship to Vermont educators as the system is scaled up, according to the release. Nearly 1,400 educators have already taken VTVLC's Up and Running course as they prepared for the shift to remote learning, according to the release.

Transitioning to Online: Up and Running is an online mini-course of 1-2 hours that provides insight on online education, according to the VTVLC's website.

The AOE said that the VTVLC instructional model is well-suited to providing continuity of learning, as its platform allows students to transfer between different sections of the same class with minimal disruption in the event an instructor becomes sick.

"This expansion to a statewide license allows an unprecedented, collaborative opportunity to Vermont schools to provide greater flexibility and access to standards-based instruction to its students, with the assurance that courses will be delivered by licensed Vermont educators," said Jess DeCarolis, division director for student pathways at the AOE.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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