The lessons are in video-form, followed by a set of (usually) multiple-choice questions. In each lesson, students must answer 3-5 questions correctly in order to move to the next lesson. After about 10 lessons, there is a review where student has access to the videos in the lesson to prepare for the unit exam. If the student passes the exam, they progress. If they do not, the program resets them to the beginning of the unit to try again.
- Predictable and easy to follow.
- Easy to calculate how much to do each day.
- Good for students who learn best by listening.
- Students can work fast if they pay attention to the lessons.
- Is easy to catch up if students add late (the workload is easy).
- Can be monotonous.
- If a student is not understanding a concept, they can get set back a lot and end up frustrated.
- It is a bit of a “Reader’s Digest” version of the curriculum, lightly covering the most important concepts. Students learn at the recognition level vs. higher order thinking. In other words, there is limited analysis, reflection or critical thinking built into Acellus.
- Students must do assignments in 2 programs to receive full credit for the course: Acellus for lessons and tests; Canvas for written assignments and projects. There is no analysis or writing in Acellus, so students do extra projects in the associated Canvas classrooms that have been created by the teacher in order to flesh out these areas – deeper thinking, and more writing.
- Students can’t go back and see previous questions or videos except in Review lessons before tests.
- Parents cannot see what the student worked on. Teachers can see records of time worked, lessons completed, answers and scores for lessons and the whole course. The student (and parent) can only see how many lessons have been completed and what the next lesson is. Parents cannot go back to see a previous lesson.
- The videos sometimes start out short and may get longer throughout the course, so students might under-estimate how long it will take to finish their work.
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