Virtual School Pilots New LMS—Schoology—in Website Design Course!

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. Today, MNPS Virtual School announced the piloting of a new learning management system (LMS)— Schoology. The LMS allows users to create, manage, and share educational content and resources as well as track individual v-student learning. MNPS Virtual School currently utilizes Blackboard as the school’s main platform. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, all virtual courses at MNPS Virtual School will be offered within Schoology.

In preparation for the full integration, Mr. Max Kuhlman—Website Design v-Teacher—is currently piloting the new LMS. Kuhlman notes, “The ease of use and intuitive nature of Schoology’s user experience promises to be a huge upgrade for both teachers and students at MNPS Virtual School.” Dr. James Vince Witty, v-Executive Principal, adds, “Schoology was designed with K-12 in mind. The platform is better equipped to meet the needs of our v-students, v-parents, and v-teachers. We are excited by the new possibilities and tools this learning platform offers.”

v-Student, v-parents, and v-teachers can look forward to many new innovations with Schoology. With Schoology being visually familiar to Facebook, users will appreciate the similarities between social networking sites they already frequent and Schoology— offering intuitive design and ease of use. In fact, the social media interface facilitates collaboration among v-students in a class or group, as well as the entire school. The platform also sports such features as push text and email notifications, integration with MNPS Microsoft 365 accounts, an intuitive gradebook, enhanced tools for v-parents to track v-student learning, a shared resources library, mastery analytics for v-teachers, educational and non-educational apps integration, and much more! Ahead of the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, MNPS Virtual School leaders continue to learn from the pilot as they migrate all courses into Schoology.

ABOUT MNPS VIRTUAL SCHOOL: MNPS Virtual School is Tennessee’s first, highest-achieving virtual school. Virtual School combines rigorous academics with a variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies addressing the unique needs, interests, aspirations, and backgrounds of our diverse population of v-students—creating an extraordinary online learning experience.