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Learner Web Policies

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This wiki is no longer being edited or updated. For up-to-date information about Learner Web in Minnesota, please instead see https://sites.google.com/site/mnlearnerweb/ and update all bookmarks accordingly.

Who can use Learner Web?

Learner Web (LW) is a National Demonstration Project; the purpose of the project is to develop the software and figure out the best ways to use it. That means it is closed to general use. Only six sites nationally are participating in the project. One of those sites is St. Paul. Currently the local pilot is open to learners at any Minnesota site that wants to participate.

 

 

How should sites use Learner Web?

Learner Web is a tool for on-line, distance learning. It cannot be used in class. There are two choices for use: Hybrid Distance Learning and Independent Distance Learning. The processes for both are described here. Differences between them are highlighted.

 

Hybrid Distance Learning
Independent Distance Learning
Learners currently enrolled in a class at a piloting site may choose to add LW to their list of courses. This is usually coordinated by a teacher who will suggest learning plans that complement coursework . The LW cannot be used for homework for the class; rather, it is an extra activity for a learner who wishes to move more quickly through material. However, the teacher is expected to monitor student use of Learner Web and to talk to learners about the Learner Web learning plan and answer questions in class Learners may choose to sign up to use Learner Web independently. They must sign up for LW at a participating site. After they sign up and attend an in-person orientation, they may use LW on their own time. A Distance Learning specialist at a piloting site supports the learners' LW experience.

 

Setting it Up

 

1. The DL coordinator on-site or a Learner Web trainer does a presentation describing Learner Web to a specific class.

2. The classroom teacher makes a roster of interested learners and gives it to the LW Teacher Administrator on site. The roster includes the following:

First name, last name, screen name (for example, "hc+badge number")

 

3. The Teacher Administrator will

  • Make the learner accounts in Learner Web
  • Create the appropriate Learner Web course and course offering in Learner Web
  • Create the teacher account.
  • Assign a teacher to the course and course offering.
  • Place learners into the Learner Web course offering

 

4. Learners have a LW orientation with the DL Coordinator, Teacher Administrator, or Teacher. At the orientation, the learner gets a screen-name and goal sheet for the learning plan that will be used in the hybrid course. The orientation also includes an introduction to the learning plan and help getting started.


5. The classroom teacher monitors student progress using the Learner Web teacher portal. While logged in, he or she checks progress, makes sure the learner is completing quizzes, and comments on issues the learner may be having.

 

Setting it Up

 

1. Individual learners are referred to a Distance Learning Specialist/Teacher at the site.  

 

2. The DL Specialist makes a roster of interested learners and gives it to the LW Teacher Administrator on site. The roster includes the following:

First name, last name, screen name (for example, "hc+badge number")

 

3. The Teacher Administrator will

  • Make the learner accounts in Learner Web
  • Create the appropriate Learner Web course and course offering in Learner Web
  • Create the teacher account.
  • Assign a teacher to the course and course offering.
  • Place learners into the Learner Web course offering

 

4. Learners have a LW orientation with the DL Coordinator, Teacher Administrator, or Teacher. At the orientation, the learner gets a screen-name and goal sheet for the learning plan that will be used in the hybrid course. The orientation also includes an introduction to the learning plan and help getting started.

 

5. The DL Specialist monitors student progress in the Learner Web teacher portal. While logged in, he or she can check progress, make sure the learner is completing quizzes, and comment on issues the learner may be having.

 

Attendance and the MABE Database

 

After a learner starts working on the learning plan, someone needs to enter the learner into MABE Database. The Learner Web Teacher Administrator, the site’s DL Coordinator, or office support staff can do this.

 

Here’s how: First, a course needs to be created and named in MABE Database. “DL Learner Web Proxy Hours” is a good choice.

 

The State of Minnesota Department of Education requires the signifiers “DL” and “proxy hours” for all distance learning programs. Signifying the name of the program, “Learner Web,” allows a program to keep track of the numbers of learners and their progress in each DL program. Once the course is created in MABE, the Teacher Administrator can give a list of the learners who need to be entered to whomever will be entering the info into MABE.

 

At least once a month, the Teacher Administrator will get a spreadsheet from St. Paul’s Learner Web Regional Administrator showing proxy hours earned by each learner for each plan offered at the site.

Student ID #      Student Name        Name of Steps Completed           Proxy per Step       

 

The Teacher Administrator either logs the proxy hours into MABE Database or sends it to whomever is doing the data entry. Teachers should check periodically to be sure the entered proxy hours match the steps they see completed in the teacher portal.


 

Attendance and the MABE Database

 

After a learner starts working on the learning plan, someone needs to enter the learner into MABE Database. The Learner Web Teacher Administrator, the site’s DL Coordinator, or office support staff can do this. There should be periodic face-to-face meetings between the learner and the DL Coordinator. Attendance can be taken for these meetings.

 

This is done by creating a class in MABE, giving it a name  “DL Check-in Learner Web,” and designating it a 'lab’ rather than a class.

 

The State of Minnesota Department of Education requires the signifiers “DL” and “proxy hours” for all distance learning programs. Signifying the name of the program, “Learner Web,” allows a program to keep track of the numbers of learners and their progress in each DL program. Once the course is created in MABE, the Teacher Administrator can give a list of the learners who need to be entered to whomever will be entering the info into MABE.

 

At least once a month, the Teacher Administrator will get a spreadsheet from St. Paul’s Learner Web Regional Administrator showing proxy hours earned by each learner for each plan offered at the site.

Student ID #      Student Name        Name of Steps Completed           Proxy per Step       

 

The Teacher Administrator either logs the proxy hours into MABE Database or sends it to whomever is doing the data entry. DL coordinators should check periodically to be sure the entered proxy hours match the steps they see completed in the teacher portal.

 

 

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