Barbour, M. K., & Brooks, S. (2001, June). Centre for Advanced Placement Education and the tele-teaching of AP social studies courses. Presentation at the Hook, Line & Net conference, Grand Falls/Windsor, NL.
What is the CAPE? A group of teachers and administrators within the Vista School District, primarily based out of Discovery Collegiate An online centre for Advanced Placement education studies, with a concentration on the AP Social Studies courses
The CAPE Initiative In many instances, smaller rural schools can only offer the standard curriculum Distance education and the WWW provide schools the opportunity to go beyond the standard curriculum without devoting teacher allocation
The CAPE Initiative AP BiologyVista District Digital taught from Clarenville High Intranet (VDI) Clarenville High - 2 Mustgravetown High - 7 Our Saviour King Academy - 1 Swift Current - 1 Joint venture of the Centre for TeleLearning and Rural AP Mathematics Education and the Vista taught from Musgravetown High School District Clarenville High - 6 Distance education project Mustgravetown High - 8 Southwest Arm Academy - 2 using AP Mathematics and Science courses AP Physics Funded by Industry Canada taught from Centre (St. John’s) Clarenville High - 2 St. Michael’s - 2
The CAPE Initiative As seen with the VDI, distance education projects via the WWW were the missing piece in the puzzle to provide some equity between rural and urban schools With this in mind, a Social Studies based project was born.
The CAPE InitiativeDelivery Model Through WebCT Asynchronous Independent
The CAPE Initiative Sources of funding Community Learning Networks Initiative Grassroots Generations CanConnect Network of Innovative Schools
CAPE - Two Years LaterAP European History (1999-2000)The goals of this course are for students to gain knowledge ofbasic chronology and major events and trends fromapproximately 1450 to the present and to develop anunderstanding of some of the principle themes in modernEuropean History, an ability to analyze historical evidence, andan ability to analyze and express historical understanding inwriting.Students who take this course and achieve a level 3 or higher onthe AP exam are eligible for six 2nd year credit hours atMemorial University of Newfoundland.
CAPE - Two Years LaterStudents Taught from Discovery Collegiate 3 students Discovery Collegiate - 2 First-year teacher Clarenville High - 1 Instructor’s 8th course 16-18 credits/student on a 5X8 timetable Student #1 - 16 credits RESULTS: Student #2 - 17 credits Student #3 - 18 credits 5 - One student No class time provided 4 - One student for instruction 3 - One student
CAPE - Two Years LaterAP Comparative Government and Politics Discovery Collegiate - 1AP European History Discovery Collegiate - 1 Clarenville High - 2 Woburn Public High - 2AP Human Geography Discovery Collegiate - 5AP United States History Discovery Collegiate - 1Courses slotted into students’ regular timetable
Lessons LearnedDelivery Model Students An asynchronous model is Must be independent workable using the AP Social learners Studies curriculum Must be highly Online materials must be motivated supplemented with printed materials (in addition to the Source of motivation textbook) must be self- School visits by the instructor or motivation an in-school supervisor are useful for keeping students “up- to-date”
Lessons LearnedWoburn Public High School Asynchronous distance education model works not just within a small geographic and administrative unit, but regardless of geography Selection of mediating teaching is crucial to the success of both distance education students and the distance education programme Mediating teachers should not be content-based teachers, but should have a strong background in technology and be able to troubleshoot technical problems, both school-based and course-based
Future PlansVista School District Outside District 8 Courses Pay-per-use AP Comparative $300 tuition fee per course Government and Politics does not include cost of AP European History textbook or AP exam AP Human Geography AP United States History Asynchronous Accommodate different Exams start and finish dates AP United States Accommodate different Government and Politics timetables Accommodate different time zones
Centre for AdvancedPlacement EducationHTTP://www.ncf.ca/cape/