December 3, 2015
This letter is intended to notify you that your child’s Education Outreach Program (EOP) report card should now be available for viewing through Parent Connect (http://parentconnect.sd83.bc.ca). To access the report card please click on the “Grades” tab at the top of the screen once you are logged in. For instructions on how to log into Parent Connect, please click on the “How to sign onto Parent Connect – Online Video” link on the lower right side of the Parent Connect website.
Please take the time to review your child’s report card with them and get them to show you some of the coursework they have been completing by logging into their course on our Moodle website (http://eopmoodle.sd83.bc.ca). If you have any questions about your child’s current grade please contact their teacher ASAP.
In reviewing our Term 1 report cards I would like to offer the following advice to both parents and students.
1) Getting Started in a Course - One issue students often face when completing a course online is simply getting started on that first assignment. This can be a daunting task, especially if you have not completed a course online before. Please visit the EOP Learning Center in your local high school for help with this. All of our teachers are able to help you no matter what course you are taking. For a schedule of EOP office hours at the different schools please go to our website and click on “About à Office Hours” from the drop down menu at the top of the page. If you cannot access an EOP Learning Center please contact your teacher through Moodle Messaging or by phone.
2) Determine a Realistic Timeline – It is especially important that parents take an active role in their child’s education when a student is completing a course online. One thing that can be done together is setting up a realistic timeline for completing the required assessments. (ie. if there are 40 assessment activities in the course, and the student wants to complete the course in 10 weeks they will need to complete 4 assessment activities per week to stay on track) Once a schedule has been established parents should check in with their child every couple of days to see how they are progressing. If you want to see your child’s progress at any time, please have them log into their EOP course and show you the “Course Completion” report and/or their “Grades” report.
3) Getting Help – There are a few different methods of receiving support in an online course through EOP.
- Visit an EOP Learning Center – Each Secondary School in SD83 has an EOP teacher that typically works out of a learning center. The teachers in these learning centers can help you with whatever course you are taking. If they do not have the expertise to help you they will find you help by either contacting your EOP teacher or making arrangements for support from a teacher at your school.
- Contact your EOP teacher – If you are having difficulty with something don’t wait! Contact your teacher through Moodle Messaging or by phone immediately.
- Visit https://www.learnnowbc.ca/tutoring/ to access a live tutor - This service is available for free to all BC students Sun-Thurs from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Note: Students will need their PEN number to log in/create an account.
4) Advocate for Yourself – If you have submitted an assignment and haven’t heard back from your teacher within 2-3 working days, please contact them. It could be that they have just missed it coming in.
5) Follow our Procedures – All of our online courses are set up to work with Moodle. When submitting assignments please make sure you upload them as a multipage .pdf file to the appropriate Dropbox on our Moodle website. Emailing assignments or uploading multiple files may result in a slower turn around time.
6) Find a Space to Work – Students who are successful in online courses make it part of their daily routine. For example, they arrange to work in a learning center during their study block and stick to that schedule. If you need help finding a space to work please see the EOP teacher at your local high school.
Thank you for your support.
District Supervisor of Distributed Learning