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Happy Thanksgiving from MTDA!

Hello from Montana Digital Academy!

Montana Digital Academy will be closed from 3 pm, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, to 8 am, Monday, November 27, 2017, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

During that time, our online classrooms will remain open, however, our offices and help desk will be closed. There will also be no teacher services available.

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/10/2017: Spring 2018 Registration Information

On November 13, 2017, we will open student enrollment for the Spring 2018 semester classes. We realize that this has been a rather confusing year with all of the budget uncertainty. How that will be resolved remains to be seen, as the legislature heads into a special session. MTDA remains a candidate for an additional cut, per the budget rules passed by the 2017 Legislature.

What we want to convey to all of the schools and students we serve is that in spite of the budget challenges we have been able to efficiently manage MTDA resources so that we are in a position to meet the needs of your students this spring. We continue to ask you to assist us in making the best use of MTDA resources by thoughtfully and deliberately enrolling students that you feel will be successful in online classes. While there still is uncertainty in what the near and/or long-term future will bring, with respect to budget cuts and funding levels, we do know that we will be able to manage the 2018 spring term to allow us to fulfill your enrollment needs.

For more information on specific programs, please see the “Spring 2018 Information” menu on the left-hand side of this school portal page.

10/30/2017: Fall 2017 Advanced Placement™ Information for Schools

From Jason Neiffer, MTDA Assistant Director/Curriculum Director:

NOTE: This information was also sent to the primary contact for each school with an AP™ enrollment in our Fall 2017 program.

Attention: All schools with a Fall 2017 AP™ enrollment with MTDA.  Please review this notice and let me know if you have any questions.

First and foremost, thank you for entrusting your student with MTDA for an Advanced Placement™ course. We are very proud of our AP™ program, which has experienced growth in the past three years that has outpaced growth in the rest of our program. We have had positive and constructive feedback from our students and look forward to continuing to enhance and polish the student experience in the program. We, of course, also welcome your feedback!

As a distance learning program, AP™ classes work differently than they do if they are offered directly in your school. It is important that you plan now for students taking the Advanced Placement™ tests, May 2018.

AP™ Bulletin

This week, our AP™ teachers will be sharing this document:

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-student-bulletin-2017-18.pdf

…the AP™ Bulletin for Parents and Students, with our students. Please review this document yourself and assist MTDA by forwarding either the document itself or the link to your AP™-enrolled students and their parents. It contains important information about the Advanced Placement™ program, the AP™ test in the spring, and preparation tips for the exam.

Course Audits

As you may be aware, all schools and outside course providers must pass a rigorous “Course Audit” to qualify for exams to appear on the College Board’s Advanced Placement™ Ledger. For the 2017-2018 school year, MTDA has submitted and passed the course audit for all of the AP™ courses in our catalog.

This year, the College Board has asked all providers like MTDA to inform you in writing that you must take an additional step locally to have MTDA’s courses appear in the ledger associated with your school. With your local course audit account, you must specifically choose the course and associated it with MTDA as an external provider. It is our understanding that this process must be complete by January. However, we would advise doing so as soon as possible.

Test Administration

As a distance learning provider, MTDA has no role in the administration of Advanced Placement™ exams. In the past, partner schools have registered themselves as a member school with the College Board or found a nearby district that is already offering AP™ examinations to assist in this process.

The best resource to get started is provided by the College Board’s “Start AP™” page, located here:

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/start-grow-ap/start-ap

The page contains an excellent set of resources on how to get started, including a timeline and contact information for assistance at the College Board itself.

In addition to the College Board, Julie Cruse at OPI can also be a resource for getting started. She works on projects related to Advanced Placement™ and access and works with folks at the College Board in case you get stuck and need assistance. She is JCruse@mt.gov or 406.444.0769.

We sincerely appreciate working with you to help serve students across the state to deliver programs like Advanced Placement™ courses. Do let our staff know if we can be of any assistance!

10/18/2017: MTDA Closed for Statewide Professional Development

Announcement

Hello from MTDA offices in Missoula!

Per our academic calendars, MTDA will be closed October 19-20, 2017, for the statewide professional development and teacher conference week.  Closed means that:

  • The MTDA offices in Missoula are closed until 8 am, Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • The MTDA support desk will be lightly monitored for emergencies.  Helpdesk services will be fully active again at 8 am, Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • Teachers are not expected to answer emails during the break. However, some/many will likely track email.
  • The online classrooms will remain open, 24/7.

Thank you!

 

MTDA Outage Notification – Friday, 8/15, 8pm

Be advised: GeniusSIS will have a planned outage on Friday, September 15, 2017, at 8 pm Mountain. During that time, Genius will be unavailable and thus, all MTDA systems should be considered inaccessible.

We don’t anticipate the outage to last more than 2 hours. All systems should be functional by 10 pm.

Please contact support, support@montanadigitalacademy.org, if you have any questions!

09/5/2017: High School Original Credit Courses Start Today

Good morning from the MTDA offices at the University of Montana in Missoula!

The MTDA Fall 2017 High School Original Credit program starts today, Tuesday, September 5, 2017!  Courses opened at 8 am this morning and we hope you are as excited to get started as we are excited to work with you this fall!

We sent out an important email to all students yesterday afternoon with information about getting logged in and started.  If you didn’t receive that email, the important bits appear below.  It is important that you get up and started ASAP!

Usernames and Passwords

As of the day of enrollment, all student usernames and passwords were emailed to students. If you do not have your username and password, please contact the MTDA help desk at support@montanadigitalacademy.org. If you are a past student at MTDA, a new username will NOT be emailed to you, and you should use your existing login and password. If you don’t remember that login, please contact the help desk.

Program Dates

Our original credit Fall 2017 semester starts tomorrow, September 5, 2017. Classrooms will be open by 8 am tomorrow morning! It is important that you get up and started this week as there are assignments and expectations for you in the course due soon. Students that are not logged in and up to pace by week’s end risk being dropped from the course so don’t delay your start! Remember, MTDA runs its own academic calendar, so, we may differ from your local school’s calendar.

The last day of the program is Friday, January 19, 2018. No assignments will be accepted after 5 pm on that day.

Although the virtual classrooms are open for access and student work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our classes are considered “in session” Monday-Friday, per our academic calendar located at http://montanadigitalacademy.org/programs/mtda-academic-calendars/.

Orientation

MTDA has a brief orientation program for students and parents. You may access our orientation-on-demand program available by clicking here: http://mtda.link/fall17orientation. That program includes information on how and where to log in.

Need Help?

Throughout the semester, please don’t be afraid to contact your instructor for help as soon as you run into problems. Additionally, you may contact the MTDA help desk at support@montanadigitalacademy.org for technical support, or assistance contacting an instructor if you are not getting a response. We want you to be successful in your MTDA course!

Have a GREAT semester! We are honored to serve you and hope you will call on us right away if you experience any issues!

 

08/31/2017: High School Original Credit Enrollment Continues

The Fall 2017 initial course request deadline has passed and we have sectioned off courses and assigned teachers.  Enrollment remains open for Fall 2017 with remaining course capacity open for enrollment. The vast majority of our courses have additional capacity for enrollment.You can see an always-updated list of available courses by clicking here.
For the handful of courses that have hit enrollment caps, that course will no longer appear for enrollment in GeniusSIS.  We don’t have a means of keeping a wait list, however, we will process any drop we receive at 9:59am each week day so that you can check for open slots at 10:00am each morning, first come, first served.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff if you have any questions!

Enrollment will remain open for high school original credit classes until September 8, 2017, with the exception of classes that fill, or if we reach or resource maximum.  At this point, we have room in the vast majority of courses!  Enroll away!

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