Participation Agreement

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The eStudies Program is an interactive, collaborative community of learners. Meaningful participation in the eStudies program is the responsibility of the student, the parent/guardian, and the instructor. Students who participate as outlined below will receive a final evaluation and certificate.

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Log in and engage with instructor, peers, course activities, and course tools a minimum of five days a week.
  • Respond within forty-eight hours to communications from instructors and TIP office staff.
  • Notify the instructor at the start of the course about any planned absences, understanding that absences exceeding seven days are against eStudies policy.
  • Notify the instructor as soon as possible about any unplanned absences and take steps to prepare work for early or late submission, per the course make-up policy, and schedule submissions with the instructor.
  • Check weekly announcements, course calendars, and activity checklists in Canvas, the learning management system, in order to stay up to date with assignments.
  • Complete work on time in order to contribute to the community of learners.
  • Actively engage in live and asynchronous discussions each week.
  • Complete the majority of required assignments and assessments in order to receive a final evaluation and a certificate of course completion.
  • Know and understand the success criteria for individual assignments and assessments before attempting them.
  • Know and understand the criteria for exemplary, successful, insufficient, and unsatisfactory work in the eStudies Program.
  • Review and reflect on instructor feedback and look for and opportunities to apply feedback to new tasks.

It is the responsibility of the eStudies student’s parent or guardian to:

  • Provide necessary resources (tools, time, and required technical equipment) for students to log in regularly.
  • Review email and other notifications from program staff members regularly and, when needed, respond within forty-eight hours to communications from instructors and TIP office staff.
  • Discuss your summer schedule with your student during the application process, prior to the term, and at the start of the term, understanding that absences from online access exceeding seven consecutive days are against eStudies policy.
  • Communicate regularly with your student about any unplanned absences so your student can inform the instructor and arrange for early submission or make-up work.
  • Check in with your student weekly about coursework and progress in the course toward meeting success criteria and course completion.
  • Know and understand the criteria for exemplary, successful, insufficient, and unsatisfactory work in the eStudies program.
  • Utilize the resources of Canvas, the learning management system, to monitor your student’s participation and progress as needed.

It is the responsibility of the eStudies instructor to:

  • Post weekly announcements, activity checklists, and make-up policies, and maintain an updated course calendar in Canvas.
  • Cearly label and communicate to students which activities are core assignments and assessments.
  • Communicate success criteria for all core assignments and assessments.
  • Regularly provide timely feedback to students on core assignments and assessments.
  • Maintain the course gradebook each week so that students can accurately assess their progress.
  • Provide a final evaluation that is reflective of the student’s work and follows the criteria for exemplary, successful, insufficient, and unsatisfactory work in the eStudies Program.
  • Respond to inquiries and communications from students and families within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
  • Follow participation checkpoints and the program participation policy for instructors by messaging all students and families per the policy regarding class assignments and engagement expectations.

This seven-week program for seventh through eleventh graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school– or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.