APEX Blended Learning Implementation
Blended Learning Courses: Instruction is delivered by a LA Unified credentialed instructor and the digital content is provided by the online vendor. Blended learning courses may be used for original credit or as an option for credit recovery for all approved online courses, including Advance Placement (AP). Schools must provide the appropriate subject area LA Unified credentialed teacher to be the primary instructor throughout the courses in this model. The subject area credentialed teacher must be programmed into a period with the students. Some courses require materials to be purchased.
Please Note: The course title for teachers using the Blended model will no longer have a separate APEX course title as the digital content is used as a supplemental tool to facilitate instruction similar to ALEKS or Khan Academy.
- The Blended learning teacher plans instruction and selects which concepts and skills are taught face-to-face and which lessons and assessments would be completed online.
- The teacher utilizes the online reporting tools to identify students needs and monitors student progress, adjusting instruction between face-to-face and online and whole class, small group, and individual direct instruction.
- Note that the online programs only capture the lessons and tests completed online. The Blended learning teacher must maintain course marks from online lessons and tests as well as all other assignments, projects, quizzes, tests, and activities provided in face-to-face lessons to calculate and determine a final grade.
- Site Coordinator: A “site coordinator” must be designated to oversee a school’s Blended learning implementation to ensure fidelity to its implementation and serve as the point of contact for the school’s Blended learning program.
- As Blended Learning Courses are face-to-face courses with a highly qualified LA Unified subject matter teacher, the course will no longer be identified with the transcript abbreviation and the vendor abbreviation in MiSiS
Prescriptive versions: Some Virtual and Blended model courses are also offered in a Prescriptive (mastery-based) version. These courses contain the same content as the (original credit) versions with a “test-out” feature. The Prescriptive course option is only available for students as a credit recovery option. This model cannot be used to obtain original credit. Prescriptive courses are not NCAA approved regardless if offered in the virtual model. Any student that plans to pursue NCAA recognition should be assigned to complete a non-Prescriptive Virtual or non-Prescriptive Blended course. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are not available in Prescriptive versions.
- Virtual: Prescriptive courses also require the school to identify a credentialed teacher (in any subject area) to serve as a mentor for students. In addition to proctoring assessments and communicating with the Virtual teacher, the mentor is responsible for monitoring student progress in Virtual courses and empowering student(s) with best practices in completing an online course. In Prescriptive Virtual courses, the mentor cannot assign supplemental assignments; the mentor is responsible for reporting the grade assigned by the online instructor.
- Blended: Prescriptive courses also require the school to provide the appropriate subject area LA Unified credentialed teacher to be the primary instructor throughout the courses in this model. The primary instructor monitors student progress, provides direct instruction when needed, and proctors student assessments. The subject area credentialed teacher must be programmed into a period with the students before or after school.
Students are not programmed into Prescriptive Blended courses during the school day due to the "test-out"feature that this model provides, allowing students the opportunity to complete a course at their own pace. Students who opt to complete a mastery-based course will be except from the 60-hour in-seat requirement and will obtain the course numerical credits upon completion of the course.
- APEX students take a pre-unit test and test out of individual lessons where they demonstrate proficiency.
- Prescriptive course: the threshold for pre-tests is set to 70% in order for students to "test-out" of a lesson/unit.
Prescriptive (mastery-based) courses in MiSIS will be identified with the transcript abbreviation and the vendor abbreviation followed by a “P.” For example, a prescriptive APEX prescriptive course would appear as “APXP”