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Policy - 02 Student Engagement

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Pamoja Education’s mission is to support students in achieving their full potential through innovative teaching and learning within a global online community. We use online teaching methodologies to place the learner at the centre of the teaching and learning process. This mission is underpinned by two principles which are also fundamental to our engagement policy:

  • Pamoja Education is committed to providing a caring and supportive education service to online IB Diploma Programme students.
  • Students are responsible for doing their best to fulfil the requirements of the course. 

Pamoja Education courses are not self-paced, “independent study” courses. Please note therefore that:

  • Weekly participation in online classes is critical to each student's academic success. Failure to participate in weekly activities negatively affects both a student's academic performance and the experience of the class as a whole.
  • Participation within the online courses can be verified through the student's access to the secured host site. As a result, the student’s participation is permanently recorded through the Learning Management System(LMS).

The Pamoja Education Engagement Policy focuses directly on student engagement which is the foundation of their active participation in the course. A student's weekly engagement is measured through log ins, interactions and submissions. Pamoja Education courses require students to fulfil three essential expectations:

(a)   Student log in: Students are expected to access all the course material presented on a weekly basis. Students must actively participate three times per week to be registered as engaged in their online course. A student who has zero log ins for a week is Not Engaged for that week.

(b)   Interaction with the course content: Students are expected to attempt all the activities associated with the course content and interact with their teacher and classmates on a weekly basis. Weekly activities may include completing a quiz, posting in a discussion forum, posting in their journal or submitting a required item to the Dropbox. Students who do not complete all activities may be classified as “Insufficiently Engaged”.

(c)  Submissions: Students are expected to complete and submit all formative and/or summative assessments by the specified deadline. If assignments are not submitted on time, a student will be registered as Insufficiently Engaged. If a student does not submit assignments for two consecutive weeks they will be classified as Not Engaged.

Recording Engagement

Engagement is recorded in a number of ways through various audit tools accessible in the Learning Management System. Optimum engagement can be defined as a situation where the student shows a level of engagement that allows them to make the most of the online learning opportunities available to them, enabling them to achieve their maximum potential. Conversely the student who is not engaged or insufficiently engaged is not making the most of the available learning opportunities and they are unlikely to achieve their potential. In the worst case the student is unlikely to achieve success in their IB Diploma Programme.

In quantitative terms the table below gives a guide to judge student engagement. 

 

 

Log Ins

(Per Week)

Content Viewed

(Per Week)

 

Interaction: Discussions, Wikis and Journals

 

 

Submissions (during an ER period)

Engaged

A level of engagement that allows the student to make the most of the online learning opportunities available and enables them to achieve their maximum potential.

 

       >2

 

Content

>75%

 

Min 1 Forum Post Read & Authored

 

100% of assignments submitted (including ALL requisites)

Insufficiently Engaged

A level of engagement that does not allow the student to make the most of the online learning opportunities or achieve their maximum potential.

 

        ≤ 2

 

Content  ≤ 75%

0 Forum Posts Read or Authored

Less than 100% of assignments submitted.

Not Engaged

A negligible level of engagement.

 

         0

 

 

 

No assignments submitted

 

Engagement is monitored through the LMS. Using the key parameters of student log ins and submissions Not Engaged students will be identified on a weekly basis and teachers, students and Site-based Coordinators notified.

Three consecutive weeks of Non – Engagement can lead to a student being withdrawn from the course.

Teachers will be responsible for identifying students who are Insufficiently Engaged and working with the student and SBC to improve their level of engagement.

Reporting Engagement

Pamoja Education School Services will alert students, teachers and Site-based Coordinators when a student has been identified as Not Engaged for a week. If this Non – Engagement continues to a second week the school will be contacted directly. A third week of Non – Engagement will prompt Pamoja Education to contact the school to discuss the future of the student in the course.

Teachers report a student’s Engagement Rating (ER) eight times during Year 1 and five times during Year 2 of the course. The ER is based on evidence since the previous reporting period.

Any student reported as Not Engaged will be placed on academic review. Any student on academic review during the final term of Year one of a course will be considered for non – promotion.

Any student reported as Not Engaged will be placed on academic review. Any student on academic review during the final term of Year one of a course will be considered for non – promotion.

Related Articles: -

SOP - Student on Academic Review

SOP - Non Engagement Escalation 

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