The COVID-19 Pandemic became a roadblock to success. This led to closure of all learning centers. Students and instructors were forced to use distance learning as their only source of communication and instruction. Enrollment, pre- and post-testing, and GED® testing were unavailable. This greatly impacted the implementation and success of the innovation; however, the innovation greatly impacted the success of BSCTC Skills U program during this time. Due to the innovation project, BSCTC was more prepared to thrive during the pandemic using a variety of distance learning opportunities.
BSCTC hoped to provide a variety of distance learning opportunities to achieve 30 GEDs® by December 2020. Distance learning opportunities included a virtual lesson library, GED® classes provided via Google classroom & Zoom, laptop loaner program, the use of Study-Buddies program, and various online resources.
Technology equipment was purchased and used to assist BSCTC to provide distance learning opportunities to students as we became only virtually connected during the pandemic. The BSCTC SKills U Facebook page was used to provide information as well as motivate students to succeed.
The pandemic continued into the new year, but BSCTC continued distance learning opportunities using various virtual resources such as Google Classrooms, Zoom classes, Loom videos, a virtual lesson library, a laptop lending program, and the use of Study-Buddies. Lots of outreach and communication by everyone in the Skills U program plus extensive preparation by the team led to 41 GEDs®.
Results of Product
Over 60 students were enrolled in Google Classrooms by May 2020. Partnerships were established with 24 connection points including 6 in Floyd County and 18 in Pike County. Hubs were in progress with 2 in Floyd County and 3 in Pike County. Eight (8) GED®-seeking students were enrolled in Floyd County hubs before the pandemic; however, the hubs and connection points could not be utilized during the pandemic. Next steps include building stronger partnerships with local stakeholders and establishing hub locations to reach more students.
Spring 2020 Success: Gains were made in enrollment, MSGs, and GEDs between February and April, despite the pandemic.
Fall 2020-2021 Success: Gains were made in enrollment, MSGs, and GEDs between September and December, despite the pandemic.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO CLONE THIS PRODUCT?
Generally, instructors became much more comfortable using virtual instruction to individual students as well as small groups. Instructors and students utilized the virtual lesson library. GED® classes were scheduled and provided through Zoom and Google classrooms. New programs such as GED Academy™ and Aztek were used with success. Loom videos were used to provide information to students such as how to get on Google Classroom, how to access the virtual lesson library, etc. An action map and process video were produced to help students better understand the process of achieving their GED®. Online TABE® and GED® testing were utilized.
Setting up the Google Classrooms and YouTube channel in 2019 and early 2020 really gave us a head start when we had to go virtual during pandemic.
Creating the connection points and hubs helped us build relationships with partners and helped us reach new students we hadn’t been able to reach.
New technology and online platforms helped instructors connect with each other and with students for online work during pandemic. Instructors were able to instruct virtually from home.
LIVE AND LEARN, MESSY MOMENTS
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?