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    Dear Trades Math students:

    At this point, you all are experts at online learning and we would appreciate any insights or suggestions you may have so that we can continue to improve our pre-apprenticeship program.

    When filling out this form, please keep in mind the following guidance for responses:

    1) Be Nice! — We know it’s not perfect. Please offer feedback that specifically identifies what part of the website was difficult or frustrating.

    2) Be Specific! — "The website doesn't work," is not helpful. Please be specific when describing challenges you ran into while using the website.

    3) Be Safe! — Any ideas you may have about ways to experience a "COVID-compliant" pre-apprenticeship education other than watching a YouTube video or Zoom meeting would be greatly appreciated.

    Remember, we ask that you try offer your opinion honestly and responsibly.

    Thank you and stay safe!

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    Focus Questions

    This fall, I would prefer a

    virtual classroom.physical classroom.

    Online learning in an apprenticeship setting can be just as good as a traditional classroom setting.

    agreedisagree

    Adapting to a 100% online learning environment, compared to how I learned in past years, was

    easy.a little bit of a problem.difficult.

    This website, compared to other websites you used this year for online learning, was

    better.the same.worse.

    Given the information provided during your Construction Skills course, do you feel ready and prepared to enter an local apprenticeship program?

    yesno

    During the summer classes where trades instructors demonstrated via Zoom how to apply construction trades skills, I learned

    a lot.a little.nothing at all.

    One of the primary design parameters for this website was providing unique trades math worksheets to each student. This design parameter was something I

    appreciated.didn't care about.didn't like.

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    Freestyle Responses

    An "online hands on course" is a misnomer. It is impossible for a Khan Academy website to provide what is needed for a hands on apprenticeship course. We need to focus on every possible detail you can offer about the successes and failures we had migrating our past years curriculum of sending you out to a worksite in the 5 Boroughs for a month in the summer, over to Zoom based instruction. Consider the following questions when describing any details you can offer about our "online hands on course:"

    • Was there a specific class, lesson or instructor that stood out?
    • Were you able to comprehend the information being taught during “live” sessions?
    • While "staying safe," can you recommend any ways other than joining a Zoom meeting that could enhance our "online hands on course"?

    As COVID recedes, how we return to "normal" will likely include questions about how much, if any, of the rapid transition to a 100% online learning platform should be retained in future years. How would you like to see online learning like you experienced this year continue in your education pathway? Not at all? Entirely? Please explain how you think this year's online learning should be incorporated into your future studies as a construction trades apprentice.

    P.S. Once again, Thank you for your engaging, challenging inquiries about learning about Construction Skills in a 100% online learning environment. Every night, after class, our ship of learning had to retack to the shifting winds of the COVID-19 tempest. Months on end with nothing but clouds in the sky, we barely bailed enough water and hammered down enough studs before docking at port the next morning and laying down the gangplanks for you to login for another online Construction Skills class.