e-Learning at Marist

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of e-learning days is to ensure learning continues on days when we are unable to be physically present at Marist to learn. During e-learning days, teachers provide instruction to students virtually, or use an online platform like Canvas or Google. Online experiences may include assignments posted via Canvas, individual or group work completed in Google (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, etc.), viewing a short video and responding, discussion boards in Canvas, real-time video conferencing with Zoom on Canvas, flipped classroom lessons, and lessons on various apps. Even though students are not physically on campus, class activities and assignments will occur in real time, and students can take advantage of learning opportunities outside of the traditional school day. In addition to guaranteeing continuity of learning, e-learning better prepares students for college classes as collegiate courses expect online learners to be engaged and present in the learning environment.


The e-learning format we will be using meets all of the Illinois State Board of Education’s requirements for online instruction. Portions of the mandates are incorporated in the guidelines and expectations below.


CLASS SCHEDULE

Our e-learning days will be organized using an A-B scheduling format.

  • Periods 1, 2, 3 and 4 will meet virtually on A-days
  • Periods 5, 6, and 7 will meet virtually on B-days

Schedule for A & B Days

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Long-Term Calendar View of A & B Days
 

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STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
Just as in-class participation is critical to learning, full participation in each e-learning class period is necessary for student learning to occur as well as student growth. The e-learning format will maintain the same level of instruction and interaction between teacher and students as is experienced during a traditional school day.

  • The teachers will be available to answer students’ questions throughout the duration of the 65-minute class period either in real-time via Zoom on Canvas, Discussion Boards on Canvas, various apps or via email communication. All teachers will be available to students on B-day from 12:45 – 1:50 PM for additional support.
  • For classes that do not meet in real-time, completion of assignments will be a measure of participation.
  • If a class is not meeting in real time, and students choose to do their assignments outside of the scheduled class time, they may not find the support and guidance from the teacher at a different time. Teachers have other classes and responsibilities, so please be aware their availability outside of their assigned class time may be limited to non-existent. 
  • Students who are not completing work after two class periods, will be contacted by the teacher via email. The email will include parents/guardians, the Academic Dean and the guidance counselor.
  • Students who choose not to join real-time classes or students who have missed three consecutive assignments will be referred to their guidance counselor. The counselor will communicate this information with the parents and student, as well as share it with the appropriate Academic Dean.
  • When participating in online video-conferencing (video communication and chats), all students must wear school appropriate clothing and use school appropriate language.

ASSIGNMENTS, ASSESSMENTS, AND FEEDBACK
Both the teachers and the students have roles in the process of e-learning, and the information exchange between them is critical for learning to occur. Outlined below are the expectations for how we will navigate the exchange of information.


1. Teachers will have the day’s agenda and handouts available to students on Canvas no later than 8:30 AM on the specified class day.

  • Teachers will post this information within the Announcement section of their Canvas class page.
  • The subject line will state: “Agenda for Monday, March 23rd” (using the appropriate date).

2. Teachers have the option to meet with their students in real-time to provide direct instruction and/or
interact with them. However, it is not a requirement and this may vary depending on the goal of the lesson.
3. Classes that do meet in real-time do not have to meet for the entire 65-minutes. A teacher might provide instruction for 15 minutes, and then ask students to complete an assignment. Teachers will be available for the entire 65-minutes, but it does not mean they will be providing direct instruction for the entire time.
4. Teachers can have assignments due or assessments due by: (1) the end of the class period, (2) the next meeting date, or (3) a future date. Teachers will be specific in what they post and deadlines will include the date and time.
5. Teachers are aware that providing feedback to students in a timely fashion is critical, and even more so in an e-learning environment. Once students submit work, teachers will provide feedback and where
applicable, a grade to the student by the start of the next class period unless it is a paper or project.
6. Students who are having issues submitting assignments on Canvas, should reach out to the teacher via email.


STUDENTS WITH ACCOMMODATIONS
Students with a Marist Student Accommodation Plan (MSAP) are entitled to their accommodations. Teachers will be mindful of the pacing of their courses in creating assignments, activities, and assessments for students with accommodations, and they will work to mirror their current course expectations. Teachers were reminded that when making decisions about students with accommodations, they need to consider whether the problems a student might be having are a result of excess work-flow or a lack of understanding of content. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Margie Sweeney or Ms. Erin Kelly with accommodation questions or needs, and

if your concerns are in regard to a Marcellin Program student, you can also reach out to Ms. Sarah Kolkmeyer.

 

GUIDANCE TEAM
Our guidance team will be available and accessible via email on a daily basis from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Should you need to reach your guidance or college counselor for any reason you can email them and/or leave a message on their voicemail. The counselors are available to work with the students, and help them navigate this new format of learning.


ADMINISTRATION
The administrative team will be available on a daily basis. If a student is struggling or you need support with anything, email the appropriate Academic Dean and/or Dean of Discipline. All of us are here to support students and families in any way possible, so do not hesitate to reach out.


INTERNET ACCESS
For those students who do not have internet service and/or cannot access internet service from a public place, here are a few suggestions:
1. You can “hotspot” from your phone, if you have an unlimited data plan. Here are directions for how to “hotspot” using both an Android and Apple platform.
2. With cell phones having access to Wi-Fi, your cell phone can become your tool, if you have the apps
downloaded. Students will need both the Canvas app and the Notability app to work off their phones.
3. If the ability to hotspot is not an option for you, or you do not have a cell phone, please communicate with your guidance counselor and all of your teachers using email or by leaving a voicemail message on their school mailbox. Counselors will help students navigate this with you.
4. If your teacher is providing instruction in real-time using our Zoom platform, Zoom allows students to join the class using a phone line only. This will not provide you the visual component, but it will allow students to listen to the class.
5. Lastly, Comcast has responded to help Americans get connected to the internet. For more information and updates from Comcast, visit: http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/.


Issues and Concerns about Technology or E-Learning

  • Canvas or Skyward: Students or parents who are having technology issues with Canvas and Skyward can email Ms. Colleen Connolly between the hours of 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. 
  • E-Learning: If you have questions, comments, feedback, or suggestions related to e-learning or technology, You can send an email to our general account at elearning@marist.net. Our goal is to respond within 24 - 48 hours.