All ORVED course materials – texts, assignments, quizzes, discussions, and other assessments – are provided online. We use several different providers of online curriculum; however, all of our online curriculum is designed to be accessed entirely online. In the rare instance that a class would require a textbook or supplemental text, we will let you know right away so that you have the opportunity to decide if the course is right for you.
You are welcome to print out any or all course materials for your own use during the class, at your discretion. Do not provide quizzes, study guides, or any other of your work to any other ORVED student. This is considered cheating (see the Academic Integrity section).
For those students attending ORVED full-time, we may be able to loan you a laptop for class use if you do not have internet access or access to a computer. This is situation-dependent and laptop supply is extremely limited. We generally reserve this service for students who are truly in need and have no other way to access a computer or internet. Please do feel free to ask us if we have a laptop available.
Students attending classes in their own districts and taking ORVED classes to supplement their regular education are expected to provide their own internet and computer access.
Students are required to use the ORVED issued gmail account in the ORVED domain.
Attendance and Check ins
The state of Oregon has issued attendance mandates for students attending online classes. Per the state of Oregon, you must check in with each of your teachers twice per week. Specific rules for check-ins:
- The check-in may be via phone, email, text, chat, or video conference
- The check-in must be a substantial two way communication between the student and the teacher
- Leaving a voicemail that your teacher does not return does not count as a check-in, for example.
- Both check-ins must occur on weekdays – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. This is a state rule.
- One (1) check-in per week counts as 3 days of being present. Two (2) check-ins per week counts as 5 days of being present. 5 days would be considered full time for the week.
- The check-in must be with the actual teacher of your ORVED class – not the principal, registrar, or technical support person. If you are unsure how to contact your teacher, please ask us! We will help you.
Discussion Based Assessments:
Part of the ORVED attendance requirements is disucssion based assessments ( DBA) These will occur at the end of each module. There are about 4-5 modules in a semester class. This is simply a check point for the teacher to see if you are ready to move forward in the class. This is a phone call, you must talk to your teacher before moving on.
Drops and warnings
You are expected to check in with your teachers twice each week, as well as to complete assignments on deadline. If you fail to attend via checking in, or fail to maintain a reasonable pace and meet assignment deadlines, your ORVED teacher may ask the principal to issue a warning.
Warnings are issued after (2) missed check in's, or failing to complete assignments on deadline. These are automatic emails that are sent out every Thursday at 6:30 AM if the student has less than 2 check ins. This gives students the opportunity to get both their check ins completed , if they have not completed any. If you receive the email, and you have checked in with your teacher via phone, the teacher has to manually enter that into the system. Our student information database does not connect to a phone system so it will not know that you called your teacher.
If, after a warning, you do not comply with your attendance or assignment requirements, you will be dropped from the class from the class. (4) missed check in's is equivalent to missing 10 consecutive school days and is in violation of Oregon truancy laws.
Pace of coursework and extensions
ORVED students generally have 18 weeks to complete a course. Each course is worth .5 credits, or 1 semester. For example, if you are taking English 9, semester 1 and you begin on October 1, 2012, your final day to turn in work would be February 11, 2013 (that’s actually 19 weeks, but we take a week off for winter break).
Extensions can be issued. Please contact your counselor for more information.
All ORVED students will be assessed using the following grading scale:
A+ 99-100 A 92-98 A- 90-91 B+ 88-89 B 82-87 B- 80-81 C+ 78-79 C 72-77 C- 70-71 D+ 68-69 D 62-67 D- 60-61 F 59 or below
Full Credit (.5)
In order for students to get the .5 credit, they must complete 95% of the course . If student are at the end of their 18 weeks, and are short of 95%, any incomplete assignments will be given zero credit until 95% course completion has been met. The final grade calculated will be the letter grade awarded.
Partial Credit (.25)
Sometimes students have to drop their course mid way . We will always try to give students some credit for their work complete. If a student has been enrolled for at least 8 weeks, and has completed between 50%-60% of the course, then they are eligible for .25 credit.
The full academic integrity policy is reproduced below:
What is academic integrity?
Academic integrity is the principle and practice of respect for the ideas and works of others as well as yourself. It means that all work you submit is created by you and is an original representation of your work and your thoughts. (Outside sources are often necessary on assignments, but must be referenced and cited.)
Students who practice academic integrity will: • Write and submit their own, original work on assignments • Cite any outside sources that they use to inform their academic work • Cite any outside sources that they use to inform their thinking on a particular assignment. If you agree with an author’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but don’t cite that author as a source, that is still academically dishonest because you have acted as if the author’s ideas are your own. • Make every reasonable effort to document all sources used on an assignment. • Share original work with other students cautiously, and only for the purpose of discussing ideas. Students should never turn in two copies of the same essay or do each other’s work, unless specifically instructed to work on a group project together.
Why do we value academic integrity?
Academic integrity is the cornerstone of learning at Oregon Virtual Education (ORVED). We recognize and respect the intellectual property of other authors and require our students to do the same.
Our teachers use a variety of tools to ensure academic integrity, including:
This internet database compares student work against a variety of databases to ensure the work is the student’s own, original thinking.
Simple Google searches for the text of an assignment can often reveal if work is original. Teachers regularly conduct Google searches to check the integrity of assignments.
• Teacher expertise
Teachers have extensive classroom experience, and their expertise assists them in identifying potential areas of concern.
• Discussion-based assessments
Discussion forums within the course, as well as ad hoc teacher-to-student discussions over email and the phone, are used to allow students to express their own ideas about a topic. Discussions allow students to demonstrate mastery of concepts in an informal, spontaneous environment.
Below are some examples of academic integrity violations: • Plagiarizing (stealing and using as your own) work from other authors or web sites without quoting, referencing, or citing them. Plagiarism can be in the form of a single stolen sentence, a photo by another photographer submitted as your own, or an entire article that is ripped off. • Providing questions/answers/work to another student • Copying questions/answers/work from another student • Purchasing an essay online • Buying or obtaining copies of old exams • Selling your work to other students
- Teacher will report incident to ORVED
- Incident is documented
- Student will receive a zero on assignment with a retry
Second Offense :
- Incident is reported to ORVED
- Incident is documented
- Zero on assignment with out a retry
- Principal contacts family and develops an academic plan for student
Third Offense :
- Incident is reported to ORVED
- Incident is documented
- Student is contacted by principal
- Student is removed from course with a failing grade
Harassment and bullying
As an ORVED student, you have the right to interact with students and staff online in a way that is safe, positive, and free of derogatory, racist, sexist, or other harassing comments or actions. Harassment and bullying based on gender, sex, race, ethnicity, disability or any other type of harassment and bullying will not be tolerated.
ORVED takes the issue of harassment and bullying very seriously. As most of us already know, harassment and bullying frequently occur online – in fact, sometimes the relative anonymity of the online world makes it easier for people to harass others. However, we take steps to minimize the opportunity for online harassment. All email between staff and students is archived. In addition, all posted discussions and assignments are preserved in the course databases, making it easy to track down and handle issues. In Moodle classes, your email address is masked from other students, while in EdOptions, you have an in-system email that you use to communicate with teachers rather than your real email address.
If you have any concerns whatsoever about bullying or harassment, please contact your instructor or the ORVED principal right away. We take these issues seriously and the sooner you bring them to us, the sooner we can resolve them.
Any ORVED students who are found to have harassed or bullied other ORVED students will be disciplined. Consequences may include expulsion from ORVED.