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.
We use the learning management system (LMS) called Moodle. When students log in to Moodle the program automatically starts tracking their time online and the activities they are engaged in while online. If a student is becoming a "non attender" online (missing 5 days of activity online) then the first step is attempted contact with the student by the teacher. If further interventions are required, the Cyber School is in contact with the students home school principal and/or support. Cyber School does not remove student from courses based solely on these activity logs.
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.