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Instructor: Daniel Yowell
Time: 9:15-10:07 AM, M-F
Location: Room 9 (computer lab)
Phone: 734-744-9821 (office), 734-744-9811 (lab)
E-mail: dyowell@livoniapublicschools.org
Office Hours: 7:30-9:04 AM, M-F

The LCTC Online course gives out-of-district students the opportunity to earn academic credit in a variety of different content areas during their time at the Livonia Career Technical Center through the use of online learning software. 

Students enrolled in LCTC Online will have the opportunity to work independently on coursework provided through Apex Learning. Students will learn course content and demonstrate their mastery of course-related knowledge and skills by completing tasks assigned through the online program.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Because students in this class will be taking a variety of different courses, specific learning outcomes will vary. This information is located in the individual course outlines, which students can access by logging into Apex Learning. 

1. Rationale

• Instructional Delivery: Most or all course content will be provided online via Apex Learning. Students will complete lessons online, which may include readings, audio clips, video clips, and interactive practice activities. 

Students may also need to complete study sheets to assist with their learning of course content. Grades will be based on a combination of both online-based and written assignments, quizzes, and tests.

• Mastery-Based Learning (MBL): Some assessments in Apex act as gateways to accessing further course content. 

Students must achieve a certain score on these gateway assessments in order to demonstrate that they have achieved a sufficient level of mastery to move on to the next section. Students will have multiple opportunities to attempt these assessments, but if they fail to achieve mastery within the allotted number of attempts, they will have to see me to determine their next steps. 

• Proctored Assessments: Some assessments in Apex Learning may be proctored, meaning that they must be unlocked by me and completed in the classroom in one sitting. Generally, tests and exams are the only assessments that will be proctored. Be sure that you take this into consideration when planning out and budgeting your time for the week. 

• Retakes and Corrections: Students who wish to achieve higher scores will always have the option to retry assignments and assessments to demonstrate improvement in their understanding of course content. This practice allows students to engage with course content in order to achieve higher learning outcomes, which is something I always encourage. Teacher feedback on written assignments will indicate which items can be corrected and submitted for credit. Correction of two or fewer items on an online assessment can be submitted electronically via Apex message, but correction of more than two items on an online assessment can only be accomplished by the student retaking the entire assessment. If a student retakes an online assessment and scores lower than their previous score, the higher of the two scores will remain. 

• Weekly Progress Meetings: At the beginning of every week, I will meet individually with each student to have a brief (just a couple of minutes), face-to-face meeting on how your course is going. We will take this time to discuss what successes you are having, as well any areas of need you may have. This is a great time to ask questions or raise concerns about any aspect of the class. 

• Interventions: If a student demonstrates over an extended period of time that they are struggling with their course, a Student Intervention Learning Contract will be initiated. The student, parent/guardian, and teacher must approve the contract. If the conditions of the contract are not met within the established time frame, further action will be taken, potentially resulting in withdrawal from the program. 

2. Aims and Outcomes

Aims

Students enrolled in LCTC Online will have the opportunity to work independently on coursework provided through Apex Learning.  Students will learn course content and demonstrate their mastery of course-related knowledge and skills by completing tasks assigned through the online program.

Specific Learning Outcomes: Because students in this class will be taking a variety of different courses, specific learning outcomes will vary.  This information is located in the individual course outlines, which students can access by logging into Apex Learning.

3. Class Format  

  • Instructional Delivery: Most or all course content will be provided online via Apex Learning.  Students will complete lessons online, which may include readings, audio clips, video clips, and interactive practice activities.  Students may also need to complete study sheets to assist with their learning of course content.  Grades will be based on a combination of both online-based and written assignments, quizzes, and tests.

  • Mastery-Based Learning (MBL): Some assessments in Apex act as gateways to accessing further course content.  Students must achieve a certain score on these gateway assessments in order to demonstrate that they have achieved a sufficient level of mastery to move on to the next section.  Students will have multiple opportunities to attempt these assessments, but if they fail to achieve mastery within the allotted number of attempts, they will have to see me to determine their next steps.  

  • Proctored Assessments:  Some assessments in Apex Learning may be proctored, meaning that they must be unlocked by me and completed in the classroom in one sitting.  Generally, tests and exams are the only assessments that will be proctored.  Be sure that you take this into consideration when planning out and budgeting your time for the week.  

  • Retakes and Corrections: Students who wish to achieve higher scores will always have the option to retry assignments and assessments to demonstrate improvement in their understanding of course content.  This practice allows students to engage with course content in order to achieve higher learning outcomes, which is something I always encourage.  Teacher feedback on written assignments will indicate which items can be corrected and submitted for credit.  Correction of two or fewer items on an online assessment can be submitted electronically via Apex message, but correction of more than two items on an online assessment can only be accomplished by the student retaking the entire assessment.  If a student retakes an online assessment and scores lower than their previous score, the higher of the two scores will remain.      

  • Weekly Progress Meetings: At the beginning of every week, I will meet individually with each student to have a brief (just a couple of minutes), face-to-face meeting on how your course is going.  We will take this time to discuss what successes you are having, as well any areas of need you may have.  This is a great time to ask questions or raise concerns about any aspect of the class.  

  • Interventions: If a student demonstrates over an extended period of time that they are struggling with their course, a Student Intervention Learning Contract will be initiated.  The student, parent/guardian, and teacher must approve the contract.  If the conditions of the contract are not met within the established time frame, further action will be taken, potentially resulting in withdrawal from the program.  


IV. Expectations

• Respect: My number one rule is that we all must have respect for one another. I will strive every day to treat each student with respect and dignity, and I expect the same in return. I also expect all students to treat their peers and themselves with respect. Remember that this is the Career Center – I expect all students to conduct themselves with the same level of maturity and professionalism that is expected in the workplace. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

o Respect yourself by being on task and productive during the class time that is provided to you for your coursework

o Respect others by maintaining a calm, quiet, distraction-free work environment so that all students can 
remain focused on their work (think library or classroom during a test)

o Respect the school by treating computers and other school property with care

• Punctuality: This class period technically starts at 9:10. I choose to begin class at 9:15 as a courtesy, so that you can use the restroom, have a snack, socialize, talk with your CTE teacher, or whatever else you need to do before class. This all rests on the assumption that you are mature, responsible young adults who will be in their seats, ready to work, and logged into their computers once the clock hits 9:15. During class time, your responsibility and top priority is to be working on your Apex coursework and ensuring that you are up to date. 

• On Task Behavior: I expect that all students will be working on tasks related to this class during class time. 

However, I understand that the independent nature of the class format can result in some free time for students. As mature, responsible young adults, I expect that you will come to class prepared with some other work to do in case you are caught up and have spare time in class. You may also work ahead in your Apex course. However, these options are reserved for students who are already up to date on Apex. 

• Academic Honesty: I am a strong believer in the benefits of collaboration and peer tutoring, and I encourage students to seek assistance from their peers in an appropriate fashion. However, work that is turned in for a grade must be that student’s own work. See the Academic Honesty Policy addendum for more details.

• Additional Considerations: Beyond the expectations discussed in this document, students are also expected to abide by the Livonia Public Schools student code of conduct, as well as the Apex Learning Terms of Use and Student Code of Conduct. 


5. Tips for Success

• Plan your week: Use the Apex calendar feature to keep track of when you have assignments and assessments due, so that you can plan ahead. Make a plan for when you are going to complete lessons and coursework throughout the week, as well as what work for other classes you may do if you have spare time, so that you can stay up to date and make the most your time. 

• Talk to your teacher: If you have any questions or concerns about your course, please come and see me. I am available throughout class, as well as before class, or after school through Apex message or e-mail, to help you with anything that may come up. I will do whatever I can to help you be successful in this course, but I can only help if you communicate to me that you need it. 

• Use headphones: Apex lessons often feature audio and video clips, as well as the option to have written portions read aloud to you. Using headphones while completing Apex lessons will ensure that students receive all of the instructional content that is included in their course without missing anything. 

6. Grading Scale
This course uses the standard Livonia Public Schools high school grading scale: 
Mark Minimum %

A 92.5     
A- 89.5     
B+ 86.5     
B 82.5     
B- 79.5     
C+ 76.5     
C 72.5     
C- 69.5     
D+ 66.5     
D 62.5     
D- 59.5     
E 0.0     

7. Course Requirements 

Because of the online structure of this class and the variety of different courses that students may be taking, course requirements will vary from student to student. However, there are some basic requirements for passing this class that all students should keep in mind:

• An Apex “Grade to Date” of 59.5% (D-) is the minimum passing grade to receive credit for this class.

• An Apex “On Schedule” percentage of 90% is required to receive credit for this class. Because this is an online class and attendance is not factored into grading, this ensures that students passing the class have completed at least 90% of the possible course-related activities.

• In addition to the “Grade to Date” and “On Schedule” requirements, a student must also pass ALL assessments (quizzes, tests, final exams) in order to receive credit for this class. Assessment tasks represent the measurement of student learning, and credit cannot be awarded unless a student has demonstrated their 
learning by passing the assessments given throughout the course.