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11/21/2018: Happy Thanksgiving from MTDA!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello from Montana Digital Academy!

Montana Digital Academy will be closed from 5 pm, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, to 8 am, Monday, November 26, 2018, 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!

11/12/2018: MTDA Offices Closed for Veterans Day

Announcement

Hello from MTDA offices in Missoula!

MTDA’s offices will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, per the University of Montana calendar, for Veterans Day.

MTDA staff will lightly monitor the support desk for issues on Monday, but, will otherwise be closed.

MTDA teacher services will be available otherwise, including email responsiveness and credit recovery grading services.  Online classrooms will also remain open.

Thank you!

11/06/2018: MTDA Offices Closed

Announcement

Hello from MTDA offices in Missoula!

MTDA’s offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, per the University of Montana calendar, for Election Day.

MTDA will monitor the support desk for issues on Tuesday, but, will otherwise be closed.

MTDA teacher services will be available otherwise, including email responsiveness and credit recovery grading services.  Online classrooms will also remain open.

Thank you!

10/17/2018: MTDA Closed for Statewide Professional Development

Announcement

Hello from MTDA offices in Missoula!

Per our academic calendars, MTDA will be closed October 18-19, 2018, for the statewide professional development and teacher conference week.  Closed means that:

  • The MTDA offices in Missoula are closed until 8 am, Monday, October 22, 2018.
  • The MTDA support desk will be lightly monitored for emergencies.  Helpdesk services will be fully active again at 8 am, Monday, October 22, 2018.
  • Teachers are not expected to answer emails during the break. However, some/many will likely track email.
  • Grading services for credit recovery will not be available.
  • The online classrooms will remain open, 24/7.

Thank you!

 

08/30/2018: Enrollment Remains Open in (Almost All) Original Credit Classes

Come in, WE'RE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT

Attention site facilitators:

The Fall 2018 High School Original Credit initial course request deadline has passed and we have sectioned off courses and assigned teachers.  Enrollment remains open for Fall 2018 with remaining course capacity. 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 capacity, that course will no longer appear for enrollment in GeniusSIS.  We don’t have a means of keeping a waitlist, however, we will process any drop we receive at 9:59 am each weekday so that you can check for open slots at 10:00 am 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 7, 2018, with the exception of classes that fill.  At this point, we have room in the vast majority of courses!  Enroll away!

7/11/2018: CR Grading Issues Resolved

We have been informed by our vendor that the issue impacting grading interfaces and site slowness has been resolved.
We sincerely apologize for the delay and issue or intrigue it caused.
Our teacher teams will work today and tomorrow morning to put us back on our expected turnaround time for assignments.
We thank you for your patience, and especially those that sent encouraging emails!

Spring Final Exams May 2018

Proctoring Information

Students in many MTDA original credit courses are required to take final exams in a proctored, secure exam environment.

Rationale: Per the request of both MTDA teachers and participating school district administrators and teachers, MTDA will ask local districts to create a proctored environment for class finals should that be necessary in specific MTDA courses. You can see a list of exams that require proctoring starting April 13, 2018 on this page: PUBLIC Link.

Procedures for proctored exams:

  • MTDA will offer student finals during their final exam period, scheduled for May 21-23, 2018.
  • NEW this semester, expected exam time frame will be included with passcodes and other exam instructions.
  • Proctor exams must be monitored by an adult (for example, a counselor, teacher, administrator or paraprofessional) named by the local site facilitator or school.  We have created a document with “best practices” for test proctors (see below). It may not be proctored by a parent or another student.
  • The designated proctor must supervise the student for the entire duration of the final exam.
  • All proctored exams are passcode protected.  The passcodes will be sent to the primary contact from each school, and that person should distribute passcodes to the designated proctors the week of May 7, 2018.  It is the responsibility of the local site facilitator to share appropriate passcodes with designated proctors. Passcodes are to remain secure, and shared only with appropriate school personnel.
  • Proctored exams mean that students have access to no other materials during the exam, including notes, textbooks, translators or other course materials. Some courses ask for additional factors as noted on the digital passcode sheet.
  • Designated proctors must also monitor students to make sure that additional browser windows are not open and that electronic devices like cell phones, iPads, tablet PCs, etc are not being used during the exam.
  • No finals will be available before May 21, 2018, with the exception of prior arrangements made for early exiting seniors. All final exams must be completed by May 23, 2018.  There will be a makeup day for exams on May 24-25, 2018 for students with verifiable medical excuses only.

** Spring Tests Only: As in past semesters, some AP courses will require earlier final examinations based on the AP exam schedule for students. **

Finals Proctoring Information Best Practices

Please print this document for sharing with your named proctored linked HERE.

Please direct questions about proctoring to  Christen Cole, MTDA Instructional Registrar, christen.cole@montanadigitalacademy.org, 406-203-1812. Thank you for your cooperation.

Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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