Attention all students, parents, and site facilitators: MTDA’s offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. Our staff will be lightly monitoring our help desk, firstname.lastname@example.org. All classrooms will be open for business!
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.
This week, our AP™ teachers will be sharing this document:
…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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
Attention all students and site facilitators: A reminder that Tuesday, September 26, 2017, is the drop deadline for the Fall 2017 high school original credit term.
Students should visit their facilitator and/or counselor right away if they do not intend to complete their MTDA course.
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, email@example.com, if you have any questions!
Attention all MTDA users: As you may have noticed, we had a website and tool outage this afternoon. As of 3:10 pm, all properties are operating normally.
If you run into any issues, please contact the support desk, firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance.
We apologize for the outage and appreciate your patience!
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 email@example.com. 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.
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/.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!
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 be available 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! Again, we remain open for your enrollments for Fall 2017!
High School Original Credit
The Fall 2017 course request deadline is Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 5pm. After that time, MTDA will section off courses and assign final teachers. Some courses may not be available for enrollment after that time once the course cap is reached.
A reminder per our announcement from this past spring: For the first time this fall, some MTDA original credit courses have firm course caps that may be reached before our course request deadline. Once that cap is reached, we are closed to enrollment under any circumstance. Please do your best to enroll students ASAP to maximize access.
Once we hit enrollment caps, that course will no longer be available 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.
You can see an always-updated list of available courses by clicking here.
Middle School Multi-Language Sampler
MLS Session 1 was full as of August 23. This means we are unable to take additional enrollments under any circumstances. If you have enrollments that you would otherwise have made in session 1, we ask that you contact support, email@example.com, so that we may note the need as we build a case for increased funding at the next legislative session.
We don’t have a means of keeping a wait list, however, any drops we get for any course will be processed at 9:59 am each week day. That will release any open slots, first come, first served.
Session 2 is filling quickly, but, slots are currently available in all four languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, German, and French.