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MTDA Offices closed for teacher conventions this week

Montana Digital Academy offices will be closed on October 16th-17th for the statewide educational professional development conferences.

While our digital classrooms will be open 24/7 during that time, teacher emails may go unanswered until Monday.

Our support desk staff will be limited. Those experiencing technical issues should contact the support desk, support@montanadigitalacademy.org.

Attention Connect Credit recovery users: delayed data issue in PLE continues

We have received notification that PLE is experiencing an issue with a delay in progress and test data showing up in the facilitator view.  From Edmentum:

“Please be aware of this issue in PLE this morning. When the student completes an activity the progress is displayed to the student, however, it’s not showing on the educator side. To the educator, it appears not started unless you drill down to the activity history log where it shows the score and status. While the data is not displaying, the progress is saving in the background. This is also effecting the educator’s ability to edit progress. When trying to edit status it appears as if it’s working but the progress doesn’t update to show the changes made. While the progress doesn’t appear to change, the changes were made on the back-end and the student can see the changes. For example, the educator unlocks a test but the screen doesn’t show that it’s unlocked. When the student logs in, they see the test is unlocked.

Our Development is actively working on this and we will let you know as soon as we have a resolution. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

In the meantime, if you are experiencing other issues, please contact our support desk.

Update from Edmentum: 2:30pm “We are currently experiencing intermittent issues with PLE (PLATO Learning Environment) causing zeroes to appear for Time-on-Task and Time-in-System on the “My Classes” page. The data is being stored and tracked correctly for all learners, this is simply a display issue. This information can alternatively be viewed in the Learner Progress Report or Learner Daily Usage Report.  We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience on this matter. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Customer Support..”

High School Original Credit Students: Drop Deadline

A reminder that Tuesday, September 23, 2014 is the final deadline for drops in the Fall 2014 high school original credit program. After Tuesday, students that remain enrolled will be considered committed to the program for the Fall semester. Drop requests received after tomorrow will receive a WF report back to the school for recording on the local transcript.  To drop a course, please see your local high school counselor right away!

High School Original Credit Drop Deadline

A reminder that Tuesday, September 23, 2014 is the final deadline for drops in the Fall 2014 high school original credit program. After Tuesday, students that remain enrolled will be considered committed to the program for the Fall semester. Drop requests received after tomorrow will receive a WF report back to the school for recording on the local transcript.

Moodle students: things look a little different today!

Good morning from MTDA offices in Missoula!  Moodle students will notice that our classrooms look a little different today.  We have slapped up a coat of virtual paint and made some minor changes, however, the site functions as normal.

If you have any problems, don’t be afraid to put in a support ticket, support (at) montanadigitalacademy.org and we are more than happy to help!

Fall 2014 Connect Credit Recovery Open for Enrollment

The Fall 2014 Connect Credit Recovery semester is open for enrollment.  The program will be substantially the same as last year, with a few program changes:

  • All tests of all types now has a passing score of 65%.  This score is non-negotiable.
  • Academic coaches will now lock down ALL pre-tests, unit post-test and the final exam for site facilitators to unlock and actively proctor.  Site facilitators should take good care NOT to unlock a unit pre-test until they have confirmed that the previous unit is complete (including the minimum score on all tests plus all offline assignments completed).

Site facilitators should also review the site facilitator handbook for information related to program setup.

High School Original Credit Starts Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hello high school original credit students,
Hello and welcome to the Fall 2014 original credit program at Montana Digital Academy.  We are thrilled that you are joining us for what we hope is a productive and engaging fall semester.
Usernames and Passwords
At of today, all student usernames and passwords have been 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 enrollee 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 2014 semester will start today, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Classes will be open in the virtual classroom by 8am.  It is important that you get up and started this week as there are assignments and expectations for you in the course.  Students that are not logged in and up to pace by the early weeks of the program risk being dropped from the course.
The last day of the program is Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  No assignments will be accepted after 5pm 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/.  Please note that MTDA’s calendar may differ from your local school calendar and you are expected to follow the MTDA calendar for this course.
As part of your first day activities, you will sign a course contract that details the expectations of you in this program.  Please read that carefully.
Remember that our online learning format requires an investment of time: we would expect students to take 3-7 hours per course per week to keep pace, so, be sure you are being careful to plan for enough time to be successful in this course!
Orientation
MTDA has a brief orientation program for students and parents.  You may access our orientation-on-demand program available by clicking here:link.  Included in that video is how and where to login.
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 help contacting an instructor if you are not getting a response.  We want you to be successful in online courses!
Have a GREAT semester!

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