What Happens if a Student is Not Being Successful?
Just because online courses are built and ready to run doesn't mean they don't sometimes need to be adjusted to fit students' learning needs. Just like any other classroom, online teachers will differentiate and adapt based on student need. When students are not seeing success we look at two things: online attendance and learning difficulties.
For the purposes of this policy, activity can be defined as active participation within the LMS (participation in forum discussions, submission of activities) or direct communication with the teacher where login is not required (reading a novel, prepare a piece of artwork)
3 days inactive - teacher attempts communication and engagement with student. Possible communication methods: hangouts, email, phone calls, face to face meeting.
5 days inactive - teacher emails student and support person/school to flag concerns re: the student.
Sometimes students find that learning online is really difficult. They have trouble focusing on text or reading off the screen. Our staff have many different tools we can use with students - as long as we know they are struggling. The most important thing a student can do when he/she starts to struggle is to get in touch with the teacher. Teacher contact information is available in every course.
Our staff is very familiar with Google Suite. Some of the popular tools we use include:
- Hangouts for quick chats between students and teachers; text or video based
- Gmail - all students have a secure Chinook gmail account for school work
- Read Write toolbar - a fantastic multidimensional tool that can help all students with reading and writing online as well as organization of information
- Scribblar - an online whiteboard tool often used for math help
- Google drive - students can create their assignments in drive and collaborate with teachers if help or clarification is needed
Learning online can offer us lots of flexibility so there's almost always a way we can help. If we still aren't seeing success with the student further communication with the home school becomes top priority.