E-Learning @ UA

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The Ursuline E-learning model nurtures core values of an Ursuline education including a community spirit, the uniqueness of the individual, and academic excellence. 

An online/hybrid learning environment looks different. Learners manage more of their learning, but student/teacher relationships are still at the heart of a virtual classroom. This summer, every teacher completed a hybrid learning course offered by One Schoolhouse, our partner in online learning, to learn about and become equipped with best practices and the most effective pedagogical tools to deliver an excellent Ursuline education in both remote and hybrid environments. 

What does that look like? High quality online/hybrid learning is an intentional blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning that offers students the chance to connect with teachers and peers to do their best work and be active participants in the learning process.

Synchronous Learning

Requires all learners to be present at the same time, virtually. This is two-way, real-time/live instruction between teachers and students. During online learning, all teachers and students will connect through Microsoft Teams, Ursuline’s learning management system. During hybrid learning, teachers will continue to use Teams as a central communication hub and will access those students learning at home with a Microsoft Hub in the classroom. Synchronous online learning might be used for the following: 

  • Getting to know each other activities, whole class check-ins, and other activities that foster community
  • Shared white boards 
  • Real time explanations/discussions/lectures with interactions from learners
  • Teacher-supported work time on Teams calls
  • Student collaborative groups
  • Immediate feedback
  • Scheduled (and possibly timed) online assessments

Asynchronous learning 

Does not require all learners to be virtually present at the same time. Instruction is self-guided, on-demand, and necessitates a gradual release of responsibility from teacher to learner. Asynchronous online learning might be used for the following:  

  • Watching pre-recorded videos of instruction with guided support from teachers
  • Downloadable documents and pre-assigned work with checks for understanding 
  • Video/message boards and class discussion groups 
  • Self-paced assignments with reoccurring teacher instruction and support
  • Discussion of complex ideas, allowing time for students to formulate their thoughts
  • Assessment done independently

Expectations for Remote or at Home Learning

In the remote/hybrid learning environments, students are still in school and are expected to do the following:

  • Attend classes; be punctual, prepared, focused, and respectful
  • Be school ready when class begins and remain present and attentive throughout the synchronous elements of lessons
    • Wear UA dress-down day clothing as described in the handbook
    • Personal needs such as eating and grooming are taken care of before class
    • Be ready to learn
    • Be seated at a quiet, studious location with materials ready
    • Limit distractions
    • Use appropriate Teams picture
  • Turn on their cameras and actively participate in class 
  • Be proactive in reaching out to ask for help
  • Understand assessments will be presented in a variety of formats 
  • Follow Ursuline’s Honorbound policies
    • Students may only use their school-issued laptop for assessments. Students cannot use a second laptop, cell phone, tablet, smart watch, etc.
  • Understand departmental grading and GPA policies will be in effect, including policies for late work
  • Understand teachers will take attendance daily during synchronous class time and absences will be documented
  • Turn-in assignments at the date, time, and location designated by their teachers.

Every week on Teams, teachers will post a template with learning objectives, learning activities/assignments, due dates, “office hours” and other information for students.

Friday Flex Time in the 100% online environment is time for students to meet with teachers, work ahead, catch up on work, and do collaborative work with peers.

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