Gateway Gazette

Foothills School Division: The Hub

Doug Stevens, Director of Distributed Learning, provided the Board of Trustees with an update on the Hub, a flexible learning program offered through all three of FSD’s high schools:

  • As of May 16, the Hub program was serving 608 active students taking 1,081 different courses and generating 3,557 credits. Numbers fluctuate as students complete courses and exams at their own pace.
  • See the graphic below for distribution of students by subject area and school.

HUB - FYI article

  • Students accessing the Hub program do so for a variety of reasons: most are regular high school students (92%) requiring flexibility while taking most of their classes in a regular classroom setting; five students from Fort McMurray are using the Hub to keep up with their studies while displaced by the wildfires; some students “audit” Hub courses to gain extra practice or for remote support while travelling (e.g. student athletes); some are classroom students whose teachers use the Hub or Moodle servers for Hub course materials; and 8% are outreach students for whom the classroom is not an option (e.g. enrolled in FSD’s off campus 180 program at Cameron Crossing, or for health/anxiety/behaviour reasons).
  • The Hub program has three main learning goals: 1) Intentional design of engaging learning experiences that leverages both online and face-to-face instruction and provides for differentiation to meet student needs; 2) Building a balance of high quality assessments for and of learning that provide students, parents and teachers with the information they need, when they need it; and 3) Building healthy relationships with students to help effectively remove barriers for learning.

SUCCESSES:

  • All three FSD high schools are aligned regarding the purpose and expectations for the Hub program as an effective learning option for students.
  • Communication and tracking/supporting student progress follows a divisional approach; effectively, each student and Hub teacher has the support of all three high school teams.
    Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services Pam Rannelli commended Doug on implementing enhanced processes this year to support Hub students while also producing valuable data on which to build the program.

Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services Pam Rannelli commended Doug on implementing enhanced processes this year to support Hub students while also producing valuable data on which to build the program.

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