Are you a GO student and taking our Getting Online course?

Is your learning on track for successful completion?

Students who register with us for the first time are expected to complete our Getting Online course. This course teaches students how to

  • learn online
  • submit assignments
  • use Google Apps for Education in the Moodle learning platform
  • communicate with teachers
  • and be successful online learners.

If you were registered in the first week of school this semester you will be completing the GO shortly and will move on on to your academic course soon.

What do you do if you need help in GO?

  • Get online. Open up the course and continue! On average we know that students will successfully complete after 16 log ins and working through assignments an hour at a time. This could be 16 log ins over two weeks or 16 log ins over a year! We want you to finish GO this week.
  • Fix if something is not right? We have a 10 minute rule of thumb at Palliser Beyond Borders. If something is amiss reach out for help. Don’t sit and wait and say I’ll figure it out tomorrow. Let’s get it figured out today so you can move on.
  • Use technology for learning.We do not want technology to be the barrier to learning. We need to shift from “learning to use technology” to “using technology for learning” in the first two weeks of school. Ask for help.

 Get help

  • Refer to the Teacher information block in your Moodle course. This is an example.
  • Use 20th century technology: Call your teacher.
  • Book a meeting – by phone, google hang out, face to face, Blackboard
  • Drop into our Blackboard sessions to meet with a teacher on duty
  • Come to Tuesday night study hall 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Bruno and Keith can help get you on track.
  • Ask your Outreach teacher to help even if your subject teacher is someone else. All of our teachers know how to get help for you.
  • Stay in regular contact with your teacher 

Research tells us the most successful online students are those who know their teacher and know how to reach out for help. Your job now is to build a strong learning and teaching relationship with your teacher.

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I have to tell you how impressed he was with how quickly his teachers responded to his questions. The technology worked great and he valued the opportunity to experience online learning. He did say he missed working with his friends, but he now knows he can learn online successfully. Yesterday, we finally received his Grade 10 schedule, and thanks to his completion of CALM, he can access one of the electives he really wanted. His schedule had additional flexibility thanks to Palliser Beyond Borders! Thank you all for your efforts. When I showed my son what his schedule could look like, he was genuinely excited about the coming year.

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