Posted on behalf of Sean Bierle, Founder and Head Teacher at Alzar School in Cascade, Idaho The Alzar School offers academic semesters for motivated high school sophomores and juniors. These semesters immerse students in a rigorous, challenging educational setting that emphasizes leadership training. Alzar has been utilizing CourseSites by Blackboard to provide our students with an online learning component through some pre-course frontloading of material within CourseSites, for example:
- Students watch YouTube videos that are embedded into their learning environment that orient them to the unique mission of the school.
- They complete discussion board assignments to get to know their “classmates” before they leave for their expedition.
- They select books about historic leaders to read during the course.
- Our instructors post the details of the post-course assignments on the class site and students submit reflective papers.
When students finish their semester with us, they will go back to their homes to complete their “Culminating Leadership Projects” and have weekly check-ins with Alzar instructors through CourseSites. Through conference calls, online discussion board assignments, and more, the students will realize they always have a support network to lean on. CourseSites has strengthened the learning opportunities for the students at the Alzar School and we are excited about continuing to explore ways to expand our use of the platform in the years to come.