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SAM to the Rescue
Teresa Worthy and Leslie Martin
Why Are We Here
• How do we provide immediate feedback to
students?
• How do we know students have mastered material
and h...
Why Use SAM?
• Provide students with
trainings
• Provide students with
hands on labs
• Test students skills
Trainings in SAM
• Students get an
Introduction of a task
• Students get to Observe
steps of task
• Students get to
Demons...
Remedial Help
• Click Results button
• Locate area of
deficiency
• Click link to access
textbook for
remediation
Projects in SAM
• Give students hands on
activities
• Students are allowed
multiple attempts
• Students have
opportunities...
Skills Test (Exams) in SAM
• Performance based test
• No retakes—only one
attempt
• Help prepare students
for Certificatio...
Additional Items in BB
• Participation
Assignments using
textbook
• PowerPoint Presentation
• Quick Notes
• Short Video
De...
How is OST 137 Offered?
• Online
• Hybrid
• Traditional
Online Learning
• Many students today
prefer online learning
• Online courses has
grown the last few years
• Number of onl...
What Makes a Quality Online Course?
• According to Quality Matters, five areas of focus:
– The Student experience
– Course...
Quality Online Learning for Gaston College
• Gaston College chose online
learning as its focus for Quality
Education Plan
...
Performance Measurements
• Gaston College monitors Performance Test
(capstone lab assignment) grades for ACBSP
outcomes an...
SAM Grades
• Gaston College adopted
SAM in Fall 2011
• Grades have been fairly
consistent since its
inception
• Students w...
SAM Grades
72
74
76
78
80
82
84
86
88
90
92
Word Excel PowerPoint Access
Individual Test Scores - Fall 2012 and Spring 201...
Why Prepare Students for Microsoft Office Exam
• Useful credential for employment
• The SAM skills test similar to the Mic...
Microsoft Office Certification Information
• Became a Microsoft Office Testing Center last year
• OST 137 and 138 students...
Benefits of Using SAM
• Immediate feedback for students
• Evidence that students are learning - acquiring
desired workplac...
Questions
SAM TO THE RESCUE
Teresa Worthy and Leslie Martin
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SAM to the Rescue - Course Technology Computing Conference

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SAM to the Rescue - Course Technology Computing Conference

Presenter: Leslie Martin & Teresa Worthy, Gaston College

Want to provide online students with immediate feedback to ensure they are learning skills? Want to know the students have grasped the knowledge and skills needed for the workplace? Want to see Student Outcome Success? Want to prepare students to take the Microsoft Office Certification exams? If you answer yes to any of these questions, this session is for you. Gaston College is utilizing SAM in the Online and Seated Office Software Applications course to accomplish all of these. We will discuss and show how we set up the course using the Blackboard System and incorporate SAM as a vital component for our virtual or seated classroom success. We utilize SAM to ensure that our students know the material that is necessary for success on the final exam. We will discuss how we use the trainings, skills test, projects and reader in SAM to help students succeed. This course is one of our measurement courses for our Medical Office, Legal Office and Office Administration programs for our SACS and ACBSP accreditation. The goals for the session are: Discuss “Why use SAM?”; Show attendees how you can verify that students are learning material; Show how students can receive immediate feedback and know what they need to remediate; Discuss how our students use SAM to prepare for the Microsoft Office Certification Exams. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of how to utilize SAM in their course to help their students be successful using the Microsoft Office products.

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SAM to the Rescue - Course Technology Computing Conference

  1. 1. SAM to the Rescue Teresa Worthy and Leslie Martin
  2. 2. Why Are We Here • How do we provide immediate feedback to students? • How do we know students have mastered material and help students remediate when necessary? • How to prepare students for Microsoft Certification Exams?
  3. 3. Why Use SAM? • Provide students with trainings • Provide students with hands on labs • Test students skills
  4. 4. Trainings in SAM • Students get an Introduction of a task • Students get to Observe steps of task • Students get to Demonstrate the task
  5. 5. Remedial Help • Click Results button • Locate area of deficiency • Click link to access textbook for remediation
  6. 6. Projects in SAM • Give students hands on activities • Students are allowed multiple attempts • Students have opportunities to correct mistakes
  7. 7. Skills Test (Exams) in SAM • Performance based test • No retakes—only one attempt • Help prepare students for Certification Exam
  8. 8. Additional Items in BB • Participation Assignments using textbook • PowerPoint Presentation • Quick Notes • Short Video Demonstrations
  9. 9. How is OST 137 Offered? • Online • Hybrid • Traditional
  10. 10. Online Learning • Many students today prefer online learning • Online courses has grown the last few years • Number of online courses offered continues to increase
  11. 11. What Makes a Quality Online Course? • According to Quality Matters, five areas of focus: – The Student experience – Course Materials – Assessment – Learner Engagement and Support – Course Technology
  12. 12. Quality Online Learning for Gaston College • Gaston College chose online learning as its focus for Quality Education Plan • Strengthening Academic Internet Learning (SAIL) • Goal: To provide a high quality learning experience for students in online courses
  13. 13. Performance Measurements • Gaston College monitors Performance Test (capstone lab assignment) grades for ACBSP outcomes and SACS • SAM grades students work consistently • Data is easily monitored and justifiable
  14. 14. SAM Grades • Gaston College adopted SAM in Fall 2011 • Grades have been fairly consistent since its inception • Students who use the SAM tool are successful in the course 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 Word Excel PowerPoint Access Test Score Results Fall 2011-Spring 2013 Fall 2011 Spring 2011 Fall 2012 Spring 2013
  15. 15. SAM Grades 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 Word Excel PowerPoint Access Individual Test Scores - Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Fall 2012 Spring 2013
  16. 16. Why Prepare Students for Microsoft Office Exam • Useful credential for employment • The SAM skills test similar to the Microsoft Certification Test • Provides students exposure of what to expect on the certification test
  17. 17. Microsoft Office Certification Information • Became a Microsoft Office Testing Center last year • OST 137 and 138 students were tested • Roughly 10 percent of students passed • Provided a baseline to measure performance in future years
  18. 18. Benefits of Using SAM • Immediate feedback for students • Evidence that students are learning - acquiring desired workplace knowledge and skills • Evidence of student outcome success • Prepare students for Microsoft Office Certification
  19. 19. Questions
  20. 20. SAM TO THE RESCUE Teresa Worthy and Leslie Martin

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