We created a detailed collaborative Googlesheet that detailed each student’s initial scores, hours, print materials, online program use, and GED attainment progress by subject. This enabled us to analyze how many students were officially enrolled, how many had started but had fewer than 12+ hours, what print materials or programs they were using, and how close each student was to GED attainment. We can see from our spreadsheet that instructors prefer many different programs. Fast Forward is the most widely used online program. The Study Buddy consoles are quickly gaining traction and boosting student engagement. Many instructors like Steck-Vaughn/Paxen or NRP Scoreboost print materials. The instructors also responded to a survey about their preferences with print and online programs in order to inform the program director of instructors’ preferred resources. She will use this data to inform budgetary decisions for next year.
LIVE AND LEARN, MESSY MOMENTS
Some messy moments were related to learning so many distance learning platforms or programs. Each instructor had a different level of comfort with technology, and there was a learning curve with each new program. Instructors were later given the choice to learn a few programs well and use those with students.
Another messy moment is the sheer number of our students who don’t have all the necessary parts to receive online instruction or to take remote proctored tests from home. Students must have up-to-date devices, a strong internet connection, a webcam, a quiet place to learn, etc.
Because there was such a rush to fill a Google Classroom shell in March, one instructor noted that she felt like this wasn’t her best work. She feels that she could improve the Google Classroom activities for students if given more time.
Results of Product
By late November 2020, MSU programs will have made available a variety of at home study options including technology, new printed materials, and online programs and will have helped 35 students earn their GEDs.
As of November 20, 2020, our programs have helped 19 students earn their GEDs. That is 54% of our SMART goal.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO CLONE THIS PRODUCT?
A collaborative spreadsheet/workbook for tracking products, students, etc.
Ensure FERPA compliance with student identities on the workbook, if the workbook is shared in an unsecure cloud location (ie., Google Drive — non-paid account).
A data-assessment specialist to track and enter student numbers, level gains, etc.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Instructors in each county will input data on their respective tabs in the workbook.
A designated person should tabulate data from county tabs and compile them in the Compilation tab.
In cells titled “Updated,” enter the dates of revisions.
Blank Documents for Replication