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eLearning Services for Students


Desire2Learn is a web-based course management system designed to create a rich online learning environment for students. It is used for supplementing courses with web-based material, for hybrid online/in-person courses, and for fully-online instruction. Log in to NNPS Desire2Learn.

If you have questions about Desire2Learn, contact Daniel Barnhill, Desire2Learn Administrator, (757) 283-7879 x.10202.

Virtual Virginia

Virtual Virginia offers a wealth of advanced placement and foreign language classes in an online format for eligible NNPS students. Students experience video, audio, text, telephone conversations, and more with teachers and peers. Contact your school's guidance counselor to inquire about enrolling in Virtual Virginia.

About eLearning

NNPS Virtual Connection

Virtual Connection is Newport News Public Schools' new online learning program for K-8 students not currently enrolled in the school district. This program will allow students to take all of their courses online at no cost to you.

- Virtual Connection Brochure
- Virtual Connection Presentation

Contact Lisa Coon, Data Specialist, for more information.

eLearning is a teaching and learning approach used in Newport News where education takes place using computers, the Internet and other technologies. Students and adults can experience eLearning in courses they take in schools/worksites or through another form of distance delivery offering. eLearning can either be synchronous (where students/adults are online all at the same time) or asynchronous (where students/adults are online at different times at their own convenience). Students and adults experience online learning in a variety of ways in Newport News including, but not limited to, virtual field trips, mathematics/literacy labs, NovaNET®, Virtual Virginia, Virtual Connection, online tutorial resources, knowledge sharing and professional development in your pjs.

Please contact your child's guidance counselor for specific course listings available for NovaNET and Virtual Virginia.

Student Qualities That Lead To Success When Taking Online Courses

  • Being technologically comfortable
  • Having at least semi-daily access to appropriate computing resources and a distraction-free work area
  • Being self-motivated and able to complete work without frequent supervision
  • Being adept at time-management
  • Being comfortable expressing ideas in writing
  • Being comfortable gaining knowledge through extensive reading of various material
  • Being comfortable communicating without face-to-face interaction with students and facilitators
  • Having sufficient time available to devote to an online course on a regular basis
  • Being able to communicate with a school-appropriate "online presence"
  • Being able to adhere to deadlines, expectations, and assignment details
  • Being able to contribute to online discussions with facilitators and other students
  • Being able to work cooperatively with other students

Ways For Parents To Support Students Taking Online Courses

  • Discuss the online course with the student frequently for support
  • Provide appropriate supervision to help students stay on-task and to meet deadlines
  • Provide an appropriate work area for the student in the home if none is available elsewhere

Collaboration with D2L

Learn about how one NNPS class is effectively using Desire2Learn.