Apex Learning - Online Math Courses
Apex Online Learning Overview
For nearly two decades Apex Learning digital curriculum has been helping educators increase student achievement by providing an individualized and engaging learning experience for every student. Andover has partnered with Apex to provide students an opportunity to take Algebra I or Geometry as we transition to the new schedule.
Apex courses have embedded scaffolds and supports making for rigorous content which is accessible so all students can succeed – regardless of their level of academic readiness. To address students’ individual learning preferences and needs, Courses:
- Provide relevant points of access and real world examples.
- Break down complex material with guiding questions.
- Teach academic vocabulary unique to each content area.
- Multiple course pathways successfully engage students in rigorous coursework that prepares them for college and work.
- Teachers effectively differentiate instruction and spend more time working one-on-one with students to address individual needs.
- Students move at their own pace, taking as much — or as little — time as they need to master the material.
- Multimedia instruction motivates and engages students, provides multiple representations of concepts, and addresses different learning styles.
Courses are structured to be approximately 18 weeks long but students may move through the courses at their own pace. (18 weeks * 5 days per week @ 1 hour per day = 90 course hours)
Courses are aligned to Common Core but are not leveled based on the expectation that the CCSS are rigorous. Andover will be using an option called prescriptive that allows students to test out of sections.
Course cost $750
Anatomy of an Apex Learning Lesson
Lessons begin with an overview introducing objective and key terms, an “Essential Question?” to focus students on the big ideas. Lessons contain multiple activities:
- Study: direct instruction demonstrating course concepts, including multimedia demonstrations and interactive activities.
- Quiz: computer-scored study-level or lesson-level assessment
- Check-up: self-assessment, free-response activity
- Practice: teacher-graded activity intended to apply and extend learning concepts.
- Discuss: open-ended prompts used for online class discussions via a discussion board
- Explore: enrichment activities such as guided research using external web links
- Journal: writing activities offering opportunities to reflect on or analyze concepts and themes.
Assessments, are seamlessly integrated throughout the course, test for mastery, and provide actionable feedback for educators and students.
Apex Learning incorporates three types of assessments in their course materials: formative, diagnostic, and summative assessments.
Each lesson has multiple formative assessments: “Check-ups” are ungraded, free-response assessments that provide students with immediate, computer-generated corrective feedback.
Computer-scored quizzes occur after direct instruction and/or at the end of the lesson; teachers can reset these quizzes to give students up to three attempts.
The diagnostic assessment for each unit is a computer-scored assessment that generates an individualized study plan directing students to course topics needing further study. Some teachers use the diagnostic assessment as a unit review, pretest, or posttest.
Summative assessments occur at the end of each unit and semester. These assessments have two parts: one scored by the computer (to assess recall, comprehension, and application) and a second scored by the teacher (to assess higher-order understanding, such as reflection, argument, and analysis). There are two summative assessments for both the Algebra and Geometry course.
Typically, students can complete lessons, activities, and quizzes from any computer with Internet access. Summative assessments are proctored.
Apex Learning’s Learning Management System (LMS) has several reporting tools that allow teachers, students, and mentors to monitor student progress and performance. Users have drag-and-drop controls in the Web-based reporting system allowing them to drill-down or manipulate data for comparative analyses.
Students and mentors also have access to the Course Activity Scores Report with due dates, completion dates, and scores for all scored activities. Apex Learning also has an optional tool that sends parents/coaches a weekly automated email with student progress information and a link to a Detail Report with current and historical information about course access, activities due, and activities completed.
Links to Syllabus:
Profile of a Successful Student
Instructors with years of online teaching experience agree that students who have asuccessful, satisfying experience learning online share several critical characteristics:
- Good Time Management:
- Can your student create and maintain a study schedule throughout the semester without the face-to-face interaction with a teacher?
- Effective Communication:
- Can your student ask for help, make contact with other students and the instructor online, and describe any problems she/he has with learning materials using email, texting, and/or the telephone?
- Independent Study Habits:
- Can your student study and complete assignments without direct supervision and maintain the self-discipline to stick to a schedule?
- Does your student have a strong desire to learn skills, acquire knowledge and fulfill assignments in online courses because of an educational goal?
- Can she/he maintain focus on that goal?
- Technologically Prepared:
- Does your student have the basic computer literacy skills to succeed in the class?
Apex Resources for Studentshttp://www.apexlearning.com/documents/ALVS_Student_Resources.pdf