Before beginning the "main" portion of the course, participants will be asked to complete Module 0. The purpose of this introductory module is to:
- orient the participant to the course,
- establish an account,
- meet his/her teammates
- establish norms,
- practice using the relevant technologies, and
- register for course credit (if applicable)
Teachers will have one week, beginning September 14th, to complete Module 0 prior to the launch of the course.
Overview of Job-Embedded Activities
Participants and instructional leaders can refer to the following map as a guide to the structured learning tasks we have designed to assist teachers in integrating formative assessment into their classrooms:
Verification of Course Completion
Verification is required by many states for license renewal and by our participating institutions of higher education for those taking the course for graduate credit. Teachers can register for credit from Grand Canyon University during Module 0, September 14-20, 2015. For those teachers opting to earn graduate credit from Grand Canyon University, Renee Sweeden will be the designated district contact who will review and verify that the teacher has completed all requirements of the course for credit. Please contact Renee to review verification procedures if you plan on obtaining GCU credit.
Graduate credit requirements include:
- completion of five modules
- log of applied learning in the classroom
- a 1,500 word reflection paper at the end of the course
WestEd's Insights team will provide instructions to CUSD on this task prior to course launch.
A variety of technologies (Canvas, Google Docs & Drive, NowComment, and Zaption) will be used in the course. WestEd will provide "Help Desk" support from 3:00 - 7:00 pm PST during the first month of the course to assist in the initial use of course technologies. The Help Desk email address and phone number will be posted within the course starting September 14.
Course Start: What to Expect
All participants, registered as an individual or in a group, will receive an invitation sent to their email address on the evening of September 13, 2015 (see the email example below).
Please note that the email will be from WestEd Canvas. By clicking one of the Get Started links/buttons, you will be guided through a simple registration process to create your Canvas account, then be taken to the course. If a course invitation is not received, please check your spam folder or contact the HELPDESK.
Timeline Module Sept. 14 - 20, 2015 Module 0 - Getting Started
Designed for participants to establish an account; get acquainted with the technologies; form teams; register for credit with the institution of choice, if applicable.
Sept. 21 - Oct. 18, 2015 Module 1 - Fundamentals of Learning Sept. 29, 2015
Web Event 1
(will be archived on course site)
Oct. 19 - Nov. 15, 2015 Module 2 - Learning Goals and Success Criteria Nov. 18, 2015
3:30 - 4:30pm PST
Web Event 2
(will be archived on course site)
Nov. 21-29, 2015 Thanksgiving Break Nov. 16 - Dec. 20, 2015 Module 3 - Eliciting and Interpreting Evidence of Learning Dec. 20, 2015 - Jan. 4, 2016 Winter Holiday Jan. 4 - Feb. 7, 2016 Module 4 - Responding to Evidence, Including Feedback Feb. 8 - March 13, 2016 Module 5 - Student Involvement through Peer and Self-Assessment Feb. 16, 2016
Web Event 3 (will be archived on course site)
adapted from http://fa-insights.wested.org/course-updates/