Dear FPS coaches,

We are so excited that IC 2020 is less than 2 weeks away! We know that you are hard at work preparing for the competitions that lie ahead, and are eager to determine which problem solving strategies you will employ not only during your competition, but also as we all embrace the very first Virtual International Conference. The practice window for GIPS and Scenario Writing students is still open on FPSOnline , and we encourage all students and coaches to login to familiarize themselves with the system.

We are extending the practice session until 11pm EDT Sunday May 24. This additional time-frame will provide more time to familiarize yourselves with the system. Live support will not be available after 5pm EDT on Friday, May 22. Any emails received after that time with questions or concerns will receive responses next week. After reviewing all the feedback we receive from students and coaches, the final version of all competition instructions will be posted on Friday, May 29. This will include proctoring instructions and updated tips for success.
   
All of the students participating in IC 2020 have earned the right to compete after extensive preparation and dedication to developing their problem solving skills. As such, our priority is the integrity of the competition and fairness to all competitors, to ensure that their efforts are respected. For the International Conference in the present situation, we are making all best efforts to accommodate and adjust to the needs and interests of our students. While many Affiliates operate their own competitions in a variety of manners, the FPSPI IC posted guidelines must be observed for Virtual IC 2020. 

Below are highlights of the latest information regarding each competition.

Thank you,
FPSPI International Office
GIPS Competition
All GIPS coaches should have received a username and password for your coach account earlier in the week. You should also have received an email with username(s) and password(s) for your competitor(s). If you did not, please contact elizabeth@fpspi.org with competitor names and competitions and she will send you the login information as soon as possible.

There are two (2) options for submitting GIPS student work for evaluation.
  • Virtual - Students enter their work directly into the FPSOnline system. 
  • Traditional - Students that can physically meet (or individuals) handwrite their booklet and upload the file. Note: Typed documents may not be uploaded for evaluation.

Tips for viewing UP while writing Solutions
  • Enter it into your team chat and it will be visible when you move to Solutions and other steps.
  • Record it on your collaborative writing document to review while working on subsequent steps.

Tips for viewing teammates’ work
  • It may be necessary to refresh your browser if your teammates’ work is not appearing on your screen.

Students’ access to materials during the competition must be limited to prevent the use of non-permitted items (i.e. research, prepared notes, category lists, etc.). These are the tabs/windows you are allowed to have open in your browser:
  • FPSOnline to complete booklet
  • FPSOnline to view Future Scene
  • Webconferencing platform (Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc.)
  • Collaborative writing platform (Google Docs, Word Online, Zoho Writer, etc.)
  • This may be used as active notetaking/drafting for students - just as paper notetaking/drafting can be used.
  • No extra time will be alloted for students who choose to collaborate in a collaborative written platform.
  • Only the work directly entered into the FPSOnline system will be scored. Typed documents may not be uploaded for evaluation.

Future Scene can only be accessed virtually via the FPSOnline system. Though we are asking students and proctors to abide by an honor code, we also must take measures to reduce opportunities for unfortunate situations to arise. This is why the Future Scene must be accessed via FPSOnline, which can be used on any internet-capable device (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.). We understand that many students are accustomed to marking on the paper Future Scene as they analyze the situation. Unfortunately that option is not possible with the constraints of securing the Future Scene and limiting the amount of time students have access to the Future Scene. Students may login in from multiple devices, or from multiple windows so that they are able to see the Future Scene in one window and complete their work in another. We have also expanding the opportunity for online student collaboration to include the use of collaborative writing platforms during the competition.

The practice session remains open through 11pm EDT Sunday, May 24. Please have students login to familiarize themselves with the FPSOnline system.
CmPS Competition
All media presentations are due to cmps@fpspi.org tomorrow Friday, May 22. Coaches have been contacted regarding plans for interviews. If there are any outstanding questions about submitting competition materials or interview scheduling, please contact us at cmps@fpspi.org immediately.
Scenario Writing Competition
All Scenario Writing coaches should have received a username and password for your coach account earlier in the week. You should also have received an email with username(s) and password(s) for your competitor(s). If you did not, please contact elizabeth@fpspi.org with competitor names and competitions and she will send you the login information as soon as possible.

The practice session remains open through 11pm EDT Sunday, May 24. Please have students login to familiarize themselves with the FPSOnline system.
Scenario Performance Competition
The sub-topics were released last Friday, and are available here . Coaches will be contacted with competitor codes via email on Friday, May 29.