My name is Mr. Devenney and I will be your, or your child’s, online Chemistry or Physics teacher for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program (DVOLP) this summer. I teach at Mountain Ridge High School and have been teaching at DVOLP for 7 years but high school for over 22 years. You made an excellent choice in signing up for an DVOLP course and I am looking forward to working with you and doing some science! Welcome to the course and here are some tips to make your semester productive, positive, and successful.
I hope you will take a minute to watch a short welcome video from me so you can put a face with the name and get some tips and tricks to be successful in my class.
1) To get into your classes you will go to dvusd.instructure.com. Your log in is your Novell log in (first initial, middle initial, first 3 letters of last name and last 3 of your ID number) to gain access. You are welcome to go there early to look at your settings, but you will not have access to your classes until August 27th.
2) Get your orientation done as soon as the class starts so you have time to complete all of your assignments. The orientation and the “START HERE” module must be done before you get access to the other modules. The sooner you complete that the faster you can get started on the real science. Remember that if you are taking more than 1 DVOLP class then you must do the orientation for all of them. When the link to the orientation material becomes available, which will be before this class starts, I will email that out to you so you can get started.
3) Don’t wait until the due date to start your assignments. At least look them over earlier in the week, some of them take more than one day! When you submit assignment, they must be a pdf file or Word document. You can always take a CLEAR picture of your work and paste that picture into a Word document to submit.
4) Use the Canvas messaging system!! Make sure that you put in your phone number, Twitter account, email, or whatever contact method you use frequently in the Canvas notification settings. I will send out a lot to reminders to you, but it is up to you to make sure you actually check them. :)
5) The main reason why students don’t do well is because they skip assignments and don’t turn things in by the due date. Students often tell me that they forgot about the class. Set alarms on your phone, or a calendar reminder so you don’t forget you have this class to work in! Most of the assignments are for completion (but not all) so that just means you need to put forth effort and try your best to do well. Assignments are due each Wednesday and Saturday by midnight.
6) On assignments, most of your points come from you showing your work. You are required to write out any equation used without any values plugged in, then show all your work, and when you get an answer . . . don’t forget the unit of measurement on that answer!!! You will see a grading rubric at the bottom of each assignment which will give you the info. About how I will be grading that assignment.
7) Final Exams must be taken in person and you must score at least a 60% on your combined final to pass the course. Here is a link with some more information about your finals https://www.dvusd.org/Page/51772
You can’t get into your class until the morning of the start date, so do not panic if you can’t find it in Canvas. It will be available to you starting Monday, May 13th. I am so excited to work with you. If you would like to get a head start feel free to watch this orientation video about how Canvas works. https://vimeo.com/74677642
Feel free to send me a message in Canvas if you have any questions. :) You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.