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Thanks Luis. This is really helpful.

What percentage of your position is allocated for your role as the VHS site
coordinator?

*Sue*

On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM, Luis Bango <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Susan,
> I'm responding on-list because I'd love to read what other schools are
> doing in response to your request.
>
> At Woodstock, we've been involved with Virtual High School (now called
> "The VHS Collaborative") for about 6 years and  it's a very good fit for
> us.  Our subscription level allows for 25 seats each semester and for the
> past several years we've been just below capacity.  I'd love to grew the
> program just a little bit more to accommodate 35-50 students each semester.
>  We'll see.  It's been a great way for our students, especially 11th and
> 12th graders, to start exploring more specific areas of interest or to
> bolster up a transcript.  For example, we've had students take VHS science
> courses when they've exhausted the face-to-face courses we offer here at
> WUHS and plan on science major in college or medical career.
> We haven't really used VHS for credit recovery or remediation...more as a
> way to enrich and expand what we offer face-to-face.
>
> Here are some things that help make it work for us.
>
>    - students must carve out time during the school day to participate in
>    their online course.  The course can fit any where they want in their
>    schedule lieu of a study hall or free block.  This helps incredibly with
>    time management.  Inevitably, students will need to spend time outside of
>    school to participate in the course.  This "protected" time is the
>    foundation and amounts to between 3-4 hours/week.  Many of our students
>    tell us that they spend 10-12 hours/week on their online courses.
>    - students report to our computer lab to participate in their course
>    and to receive tech support from the "site coordinator" (me) and so that I
>    can support them.  We take attendance.
>    - Students attend a brief orientation prior to the start of each
>    semester and also sign a contract so that they recognize that they are
>    taking a "real" course that will appear on their transcript and influence
>    their GPA.
>    - I send out an email to all students and their parents each week with
>    weekly news, announcements and reminders.
>
> For a while I was keeping a database of outcome and need to update it but
> overall our success rate has been very high...probably a 90% passing rate
> and very good subjective feedback from students and parents.  Students
> really appreciate the transparency of the courses and the very clear
> objectives and learning outcomes that are presented at the beginning of
> each semester.
>
> Hope this helps,
> Luis
>
>
> Luis Bango
>
> Technology Integration Teacher / VHS Site Coordinator
> Woodstock Union High School
> Woodstock, Vermont
> [log in to unmask]
> (802)457-1317 x1008
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Susan Monmaney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> We have an increasing number of students taking online courses --
>> primarily through Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC.org). I'm
>> interested in hearing what other schools are doing as far as supporting
>> students who are enrolled in online courses. Would you please respond to me
>> off-list and share your school's procedures, successes, and challenges?
>>
>> Thanks for your help,
>>
>> *Sue*
>>
>>
>> Susan Monmaney, Librarian
>> Montpelier High School
>> 5 High School Drive
>> Montpelier, VT 05602
>> (802) 225-8020
>>
>> MHS Library <http://www.mpsvt.org/mhs/library>
>> Mrs. M on Twitter <http://twitter.com/#!/@smonmaney>
>> Mrs. M on Goodreads <http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7526907-susan>
>> MHS Library on Pinterest <http://www.pinterest.com/solonlibrary/>
>>
>>
>>
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