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Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools may use the statewide catalog to supplement courses offered on the student’s campus. The statewide course catalog displays course description and objectives, technology specifications, schedule, assessments, costs, and other relevant data for each TXVSN provider’s courses. School personnel and students may review course options to select courses that best meet student needs.

Getting Started

1. Complete the annual Statewide Course Catalog Public School District and Open-Enrollment Charter School Agreement

The Statewide Course Catalog Public School District and Open-Enrollment Charter School Agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of the receiving district, provider LEA, and the TXVSN. This agreement should be completed annually. While the agreement does not obligate a district or open-enrollment charter school to take a course through the TXVSN, having a signed agreement in place will expedite the enrollment process when courses are needed for a student or campus.

Select the campus or campuses to participate on the campus activation form. The principals listed for each campus will be responsible for approving the registration of TXVSN Site Coordinator(s) for his/her campus via email. Submit both documents to the help desk.

2. Designate staff for key student support roles

District/Campus Administrator Role

The District/Campus Administrator makes sure all campus members understand school policies regarding the availability of course offerings, the eligibility of students to take them, and the onsite support required for their participation. The district/campus administrator views all TXVSN enrollments for the organization, receives financial information, and providers overall program oversight.

Site Coordinator Role

Each public school district or open-enrollment charter school enrolling students in TXVSN courses must provide an individual employed by the school/organization to serve in the capacity of TXVSN site coordinator.

Site coordinators:

  • advise students and finalize course enrollment;
  • receive progress reports and grades for students from the selected provider;
  • and serve as a liaison, or arrange for a liaison, between the student and online instructor.

While it is not required that a professional counselor serve as the TXVSN site coordinator, counselors do have the knowledge and skills to effectively fulfill the role. It is possible to have a single district site coordinator, a site coordinator per campus, or multiple site coordinators per campus. Click here to register a new site coordinator.

Campus Mentor Role

Research indicates that having a local campus mentor for students taking online courses has a positive impact on student passing rate and overall success. Campus mentors are very important to the success of the online student, as well as, to the communication between the online instructor, the student and the school. Campus mentors:

  • guide and support student independence;
  • work with local campus technology support to see that students have access to the online courses;
  • proctor exams and assist with technological needs; and
  • stay in communication with the site coordinator related to the student’s  progress.

3.  Set Student Expectations and Readiness

Students should have an understanding of what online learning is and the readiness skills necessary to be a successful online learner. TXVSN courses are very rigorous. TXVSN CLUE IN is an orientation to online learning which:

  • acquaints the student and parent with the online instruction process;
  • identifies possible technological tools used within an online course;
  • explains basic online communication skills;
  • allows students to earn a Level 1 badge in roughly 15 minutes;
  • and is flexible so the local school and student can gauge online learning readiness.

Student Course Access

Students must have consistent access to an Internet-connected multimedia computer. A time and place for students to connect to their online courses should be designated and students will most likely need to work on courses at home and school. Knowing when, where, and how to connect to the online course helps students plan and strategize for productive work time whether during the school day or at home.

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