[This information was sent via email yesterday to all students registered as of 5pm on Monday, January 18th. Didn’t get the email? Contact support (email@example.com) to confirm we have received the correct email address from your school!]
Hello and welcome to the Spring 2016 high school original credit program at Montana Digital Academy. We are thrilled that you are joining us for what we hope is a productive and engaging spring semester.
We’d like to direct your attention to some important information related to our program’s start and where you can go for more information and help.
Usernames and Passwords
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a past enrollee at MTDA, you should use your existing login and password. If you don’t remember that login, please contact the help desk.
Our original credit Spring 2016 semester starts on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. 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 right away! Students that are not logged in and up to pace by the early weeks of the program risk being dropped from the course.
We know that some schools are in their final test week this week, however, MTDA does work on a separate calendar. Please get up and started this week so you can can get off to a great start in your course!
The last day of the program is Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 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 4-7 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. Courses involve deadlines and expectations of progress. If you miss a deadline, you may not be able to make it up, so, push hard to keep on pace!
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.
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 in Missoula at email@example.com 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! We want to help you be an online learning rock star!
Hello MTDA students!
As a reminder, the spring semester for MTDA’s high school original credit program starts on Tuesday, January 19th. You will receive an introductory email from MTDA offices in Missoula this afternoon, but, the classrooms should be up and ready by 8am then!
Have a great week!
ATTENTION MTDA High School Original Credit Students!!
As previously announced in your class and in the weekly grade report email:
MTDA Fall 2015 Original Credit Semester Finals will be administered January 11-13 2016. Final exams must be taken on one of these dates, without exception. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 is the last day of Fall 2015 semester. Semester finals should be complete by 5pm on Wednesday. The date of final exams cannot be changed.
Please locate your class(es) on this spreadsheet. If your course has a YES in the proctored final column, you will need to take your exam in the presence of a local proctor. That person will have the password for your exam and any other important exam instructions.
Arranging for a proctor and time to take your exam is your responsibility. The exam time arranged by you and your proctor must take place on January 11th, 12th, or 13th. Your proctor can be a school administrator, counselor, site facilitator, or other school personnel. It may not be a parent or another student. Start this process now, as it is not something you want to leave until the last minute! Make sure you know far ahead of time who your proctor will be and the best date/time to take your exam.
If your course has a NO in the proctored final column, you may still have a semester exam for your course, but a proctor is not required. See your course page and instructor for more information.
We are aware that resources using the MyBrainShark website are not loading. We are actively working to correct this problem by replicating the presentations on our own server.
Students, please submit a support ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org with the class name and Module and Lesson number that has this MyBrainShark issue. We will prioritize uploading a PowerPoint version of the presentation so you can continue on your learning path. We will also be rolling out replicated versions of the video presentation as quickly as possible.
We’d like to announce our holiday schedule. We will be running a limited schedule from December 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
During that time:
- Teacher services will not be available. You are encouraged to email your teachers with any issues, however, you will likely not receive a response until January 4th.
- The MTDA offices in Missoula are closed on December 25th and January 1st. We will observe our normal business hours on other week days, 8am-5pm.
- Support desk services are available, but may be limited or delayed. Support tickets should be directed to email@example.com.
From all of our teachers and staff at MTDA, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Hello from Montana Digital Academy!
Montana Digital Academy will be closed from 4pm, Wednesday, November 25, 2015 to 8am, Monday, November 20, 2015 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.
The MTDA and EdReady sites will be undergoing server maintenance Friday, October 30th from 8pm – 11pm. During that time the websites may be unavailable.
MTDA Offices will be closed starting Noon, Wednesday October 14th through Friday, October 16th for our staff to travel and attend the MEA-MFT and MCEL conferences in Billings, Montana.
We will have light help desk coverage from Noon-5pm on Wednesday.
The help desk will be monitored on Thursday and Friday, however, answers may be significantly delayed.
Google Apps has reported that Google Apps is coming back online for all customers. If you continue to have access issues please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Google is reporting that Google Apps is experiencing a service disruption. They are investigating and will update us when the issue is resolved. We will update this feed as we know more.