FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the overall purpose of the exchange?
1. To find seats for under-enrolled sections at your school.
2. To offer complete courses that you have capacity for in terms of teacher availability.
3. To market your summer school offerings widely through our relationships in the US, China and in India: we have a new partnership with the leading education portal in India (Education World) with the profile and reach of the US News and World Report here in the US .
4. To increase your Elective offerings by accessing courses at a wider network.
What is the purpose of this application? To allow schools to start indicating their need as their student demand profile and their staffing needs evolve between February and the summer. The sooner you get a picture of your needs the quicker we can try and find you the right match. There is no commitment by using this application. It is an expression of interest only.
Is this only for schools or can students and unaffiliated teachers use it to express interest? No it is only for schools and teachers registering must be expressing interest on behalf of their schools.
Are these all online offerings? Mostly except the summer school options that are both online and on campus. We have built significant relationships abroad so that you can use this exchange to tap overseas demand too for summer programs.
Do we need to pay now? No you pay nothing until we match your demand and the supply from our schools.
How long do we have to confirm? There are various levels of interest filters ( Firm, Will Know By April 15th, Will Know by June 15th etc) for you to choose so that you can let us know when you will be sure. At that point we will match you and require the tuition.
Who will provide the Transcript? The School providing the teacher and the curriculum will provide the transcript. Additionally, each school can opt to record the course on their own transcript in any way they wish, including as an independent study or as a transfer course, as is often down by consortia. As many schools already do with the online courses they do provide, these courses will be online versions of on campus courses and therefore dovetail with schools’ current accreditation.
When will the course take place? Generally after school for the instructional component as with most consortia offerings. For discussion heavy courses there will be standard seminar times like with various online providers like Stanford Online or the Malone School Online Network. Smaller Group or Individual office hours will be calendared weekly. Use of flipped recorded content will be encouraged.
Will we know the school providing the course and can we talk to them before committing? Yes to both and we know many of these schools so we will not plan to do this with a school who we don’t believe could deliver. OESIS will validate the curriculum as being of a peer standard for independent schools and also what accreditations it might have (AP, UC etc). Because we know our OESIS network schools, we can be assured of certain shared cultural commitments to excellence in instruction.
How much will each seat be? Lower than what you would pay elsewhere externally and less than what it would cost you to run the course at an under enrolled level. For an AP course it needs to be around $1,400 - $1,800 per seat so if you had 3-4 seats you would be paying much less than the cost of adding a full section at your school. The fees paid will be split between the teacher of record, the institution of record, and OESIS for the costs of running the service/platform.
What does it cost to join this service? There is no membership or subscription cost in the first year. You will be financially responsible only when you agree to a match of seats.
Can a school teach a course without offering any student enrollments? Yes in fact we know a lot of part-time teachers want extra loads as do some full-time faculty. However, we prefer to give the teacher role to a school looking also to provide seats so it can be a revenue source as well as a cost reduction strategy for them. We might also use online schools operating in the independent school world who might take these enrollments at lower price points because they will not be advertising that fact ( they should see this as a wholesale solution).
If we have not taught online before, can we still participate? Yes, OESIS will provide training and support for teachers. This is a great way to bring online instruction to your school and to develop OESIS-quality experience.
Where will exams take place? At the school the student is currently enrolled in full-time. This is like the site director role some organizations use with a designated person for this.
Why has this not been done before? We thought of this earlier but we felt we needed a broad enough network and enough course content around the country that was mainstreamed into a digital LMS environment. Schools also generally do not like to advertise that they are doing courses at low price points online because it makes parents question the value of brick and mortar courses and tuition. That is why schools have generally hidden these endeavors behind a third party brand or consortium. This is a wholesale solution where that brand-pricing risk is eliminated.