Currently, ADLC uses markers as a way to maintain large class lists in some SI sections. ADLC’s markers are certificated Alberta teachers who evaluate and provide feedback on student assignments. ADLC’s teachers, for comparison, focus more on answering student questions and assisting students in understanding course content. ADLC markers and teachers work together to help all students meet Alberta Education’s learning outcomes.
To strengthen teacher-student connections, we are moving towards one point of contact for students. This means relying less on markers in 2017/18 and onwards. This school year and next, we will hire more teachers with the goal that teachers do the bulk—or in some cases, all—of the marking and communicating with students in their courses.
Starting December 1, 2017, ADLC will no longer use markers for Elementary and Junior High courses. Students taking Elementary and Junior High courses through ADLC will use their teachers as the main point of contact for assistance and evaluation.
We will transition away from markers in most other departments in 2018 (except Career & Technology Studies, Physical Education, Electives and CALM, and Forensics—we anticipate continuing to employ markers in these areas). We’ll update this post as changes are rolled out across departments.
What does this mean for students?
- Students in SI sections can expect to build stronger relationships with their ADLC teachers. They’ll receive guidance, evaluation, and feedback from one point of contact rather than a few.
- Our expected turnaround time for online submission marking and feedback will be 3-4 business days (rather than 3).
- Contact hours for teachers remain the same. Teachers are typically available either 8 am to 3:30 pm, or 9 am to 4:30 pm, with homework helplines available after-hours for select departments.