SAM to the Rescue

Presenters: 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.

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SAM to the Rescue

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Presenters: 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.
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  1. SAM to the Rescue

    Slide 1 - SAM to the Rescue

    • Leslie Martin & Teresa Worthy
    • Gaston College
  2. Why Are We Here?

    Slide 2 - Why Are We Here?

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    • 2015 Cengage Learning Computing Conference
    • 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. Why Use SAM?

    Slide 3 - Why Use SAM?

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    • Provide students with trainings
    • Provide students with hands on labs
    • Test students skills
  4. Trainings in SAM

    Slide 4 - Trainings in SAM

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    • Students get an Introduction of a task
    • Students get to Observe steps of task
    • Students get to Demonstrate the task
  5. Remedial Help

    Slide 5 - Remedial Help

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    • Click Results button
    • Locate area of deficiency
    • Click link to access textbook for remediation
  6. Projects in SAM

    Slide 6 - Projects in SAM

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    • Give students hands on activities
    • Students are allowed multiple attempts
    • Students have opportunities to correct mistakes
  7. Skills Test (Exams) in SAM

    Slide 7 - Skills Test (Exams) in SAM

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    • Performance based test
    • No retakes—only one attempt
    • Help prepare students for Certification Exam
  8. Additional Items in BB that We Use

    Slide 8 - Additional Items in BB that We Use

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    • Participation Assignments using textbook
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Quick Notes
    • Short Video Demonstrations
  9. OST 137—Ways we Offer Courses

    Slide 9 - OST 137—Ways we Offer Courses

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    • Online
    • Hybrid
    • Traditional
  10. Online Learning

    Slide 10 - Online Learning

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    • Many students today prefer online learning
    • Online courses have grown from 8 offered in 1999-2000 to 552 classes offered in 2013-2014
    • Number of online courses offered continues to increase
  11. What Makes a Quality Online Course

    Slide 11 - What Makes a Quality Online Course

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    • According to Quality Matters, five areas of focus:
    • The Student experience
    • Course Materials
    • Assessment
    • Learner Engagement and Support
    • Course Technology
  12. Quality Online Learning for Gaston College

    Slide 12 - Quality Online Learning for Gaston College

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    • 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. Performance Measurements

    Slide 13 - Performance Measurements

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    • 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. SAM Grades

    Slide 14 - SAM Grades

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    • 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
  15. SAM Grades—Average Test Scores

    Slide 15 - SAM Grades—Average Test Scores

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  16. Why Prep for Microsoft Office Exam

    Slide 16 - Why Prep for Microsoft Office Exam

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    • 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. Microsoft Office Certification Information

    Slide 17 - Microsoft Office Certification Information

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    • Became a Microsoft Office Testing Center in Fall 2013—purchased vouchers through Perkins to allow students to test.
    • In Fall 2014, the state provided the vouchers for students to test.
    • Students who have completed OST 137 and OST 138 were tested
    • Roughly 10 % of students passed in Fall 2013
    • Roughly 35% of students that took the test passed Spring 2014 and Fall 2014
  18. Benefits of Using SAM

    Slide 18 - Benefits of Using SAM

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    • 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. Questions

    Slide 19 - Questions

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