Montana Digital Academy

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!

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!

New Edmentum/Connect CR Interface for Students

Attention all Connect CR students and site facilitators:

Over the weekend, the system that hosts our Connect Credit Recovery system was updated.  The student interface is new and should, over time, prove a more obvious way to click through the curriculum.

Here is a quick graphic that shows you where various pieces of your class are located:

NewEdmentum

The courses otherwise work the same as last week.  If you have any questions or run into problems or errors, please contact the support desk, support (at) montanadigitalacademy.org.

High School Original Credit: Drop Deadline

Attention high school original credit session 2 students:

Today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, is the deadline for dropping session 2 courses.  Please contact our support desk, support (at) montanadigitalacademy.org to initiate a support.

Courses dropped after today will result in a WF/F report back to your local school for reporting on your report card.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason, jason.neiffer (at) montanadigitalacademy.org or 406-203-1812.

MTDA offices closed for Independence Day

As previously announced, MTDA offices will be closed on July 3rd-6th for Independence Day.  During that time, virtual classrooms will remain open, however, there will only be limited staffing of our phone lines and help desk.  During that time, our teaching staff will not be monitoring emails.
 
For more information contact Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy, 406-203-1812 x102, jason.neiffer@montanadigitalacademy.org.

High School Original Credit Session 1 Announcements

Good morning, from Montana Digital Academy!
 
We are starting our second week of our Summer, Session 1 courses this morning and I have a couple of quick announcements to make.
 
First, tomorrow, Tuesday June 17, 2014 is the drop deadline for the Summer, Session 1 program.  I know that the program is only 6 days in, however, with the tight summer schedule, we are already 1/8th of the way through the semester!  You can drop without penalty through tomorrow at midnight.  After tomorrow, we will report a WF/F back to your local school if you stop completing assignments or request a drop.  To drop a class, email our support desk, support@montanadigitalacademy.org.
 
Second, we will start pushing out our weekly grade emails this week.  We are looking into a couple of minor technical issues, but, assuming grades are reporting accurately in our systems, we will push out that email to you, your local site facilitator and parent/guardian on Tuesday or Wednesday.
 
Have a great week and keep pushing forward on your classes!  If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact your teacher or the support desk.  We want to you be successful!
 
 

Summer 2014 Original Credit Session 1 starts this morning!

Good morning from Montana Digital Academy!

The Summer 2014 High School Original Credit session 1 classes starts this morning!  All online classrooms are open and ready for learning!
 
Today, you should… 1.) Log into the virtual classroom.  2.)  Read and watch all introductory texts, video and syllabus documents.  3.)  Look at upcoming deadlines and expectations. 4.) Contact your instructor via email and introduce yourself!  5.)  Get started on the your assignments.
 
Remember…  the summer courses have fast-paced time schedules!  We expect the average student to spend 3-5 hours per course, per day to keep pace.  You may find it takes more or less depending on your skill level and comfort with this format.  However, if you are a first time online student, always plan for more time than less!
 
Confused and need help?  If you have questions about the assignments, schedule or curriculum, contact your teacher.  You can find their contact information in the upper left hand corner of the virtual classroom.  If you have technical problems or username and password issues, contact the friendly, tech-savvy MTDA help staff at contact@montanadigitalacademy.org and we’d be happy to give you a hand!
 
We want you to dominate your Summer course at MTDA!  Let us know how we can help.
 
Have a great summer session!