When a student is enrolled in an online course, one of the keys to their success is remaining on pace with the course so they do not fall behind.
There are two key tools designed to support the student with remaining on pace.
•The To-do List provides a list of upcoming deliverables and due dates for each of the student’scurrent courses.
•The Calendar displays due date notifications that are color-coded by course. Students mayselect a particular date or view for a list of all upcoming activities.
The due dates assigned to each activity depend upon the enrollment schedule associated with a particular course.
Range versus Continuous Course Schedule
There are two ways an online course can be scheduled (Continuous is set-up by default and used if you are using and AE teacher)
•Range enrollment schedule: The course is set to run for all students using the same start date, end date, and activity due dates for all students in the course. Students are expected to move through the course as a cohort, remaining on the same pacing throughout.
When a course is set up as a Range enrollment course, activity due dates for all gradable activities are specified by the teacher and are, by default, the same for every student in the course. (Teacher still has the ability to modify activity due dates on a student by student basis.)
•Continuous enrollment schedule: The course schedule is self-paced; while an overall start and end date are specified for each student, those dates may vary from student to student. Suggested activity due dates, which may vary among students, are scheduled in a manner to support the student successfully completing the course by their designated end date.
When a course is defined as a Continuous enrollment course, the LMS automatically schedules suggested due dates for all gradable activities. Each student sees a calendar of due dates that are tailored to them. It is meant to provide a pacing guideline to ensure the student remains on pace to complete the course by their target end date. In these courses, suggested due dates are based on:
•The sequence of activities in the course.
•The number of non-gradable activities (lessons, etc.) between each gradable activity.
•The relative weight of each activity.•Any course or student blackout dates that have been specified.
•The number of total days the student is assigned to the course.
General Pacing Information
Accelerate Education courses typically have either 18 or 6 modules in a semester. To remain on pace in the 18 module courses students should complete 1 module a week. To stay on pace in the 6 module course students should complete 1 module in 3 weeks. Lessons are designed to take between 45-60 minutes, give or take, depending on the student. Here is a general guideline of minutes for our elementary courses.