Bjorn, do you remember how many students typically took VHS courses each semester? Do you know if the mentor also had access to the course, and whether or not he/she checked to make sure students were staying caught up? Finally, was this system helpful to students -- did most successfully complete their courses?
At MSJ our librarian was the mentor (smaller school) and students worked in the library lab to do their work. Virtual High School was an actual class with a class period so all of the students took it at the same time of the day. This worked out well for scheduling. So for larger schools maybe there are 2 or 3 classes specifically VHS. Our mentor just made sure they were on task during that period, just the same way any other teacher would expect their students to be on task.
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On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM, Susan Monmaney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Karen,Thanks for sharing this. I wonder if you could clarify a few things for me:
- Does one person act as the mentor for all students?
- If there are different mentors for individual students, is this role combined with another duty, such as a study hall? How many students does one mentor typically work with?
- On average, how many of your students take VTVLC courses each semester?
- For those working on their online courses during the provided period, where do/can they work, and is the mentor actually with them during that time?
- For those students who work on their courses at home, what do they do/where do they go during that assigned period?
- How often do students check in with their mentor?SueOn Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM, Karen Budde <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I agree; we should keep this on list.At Danville we provide 10th-12th graders with a class period in which to have the course and a mentor. The mentor also has access to the students' grades and makes contact with the online instructors.Some students work on their online courses during the provided class period, others flex their schedules to work on their online classes at home.We had tremendous success last year with the VTVLC. Only one student failed to complete her course and that was due to health reasons.--
On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Diane Stacy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Possibly reply on list as I think many schools are struggling with this also.--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,
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