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Virtual Learning: Spring Registration & Transfer

We are making final arrangements for our Spring Semester classes for 2020-21 and need to secure a final count for both our in-person and virtual programs so that staffing, curriculum and supplies can be in place for the first day of the semester, January 15, 2020.

Current Virtual Students: If you are currently in our Virtual Program and are considering transferring to in-person instruction for the Spring Semester, please email admissions@alcs.us no later than November 30, 2020 so that a seat in the classroom can be held for you.  If you are returning to the Virtual Program, please complete the application return it to admissions@alcs.us.

Current In-Person Students: If you are attending in-person now and are considering the virtual program for the Spring semester, please be sure to watch our Virtual Program Introduction Video now.  An enrollment decision for the virtual program needs to be made by November 30, 2020 to allow adequate time to discuss transition plans and to have curriculum and materials in place.

NOTE: Please also be aware that if you transfer from one program to the other, you are making a semester-long decision.  Because of the program differences, there is no option to jump between programs mid-semester.

Return the application form for the virtual program to admissions@alcs.us email address no later than November 30, 2020. 

If you have questions regarding the virtual program, please email vlprogram@alcs.us.

Help Desk Info

Got Questions?


Call or Email our Online Help Desk. The ALCS Help Desk is available for questions about a class or the LMS by phone or email.

Phone Support: 608-571-9252 
Mon–Fri, 8a-10a & 6p-8p AND Sat, 8a-10a

Email Support: onlinehelpdesk@alcs.us
Anytime during the day & ASAP on the weekends. (Emails after 8p may be answered the next morning.)

Distance Learning

There will be times that an in-person student may need to temporarily learn from home. This can happen for a variety of reasons, often due to caution around illness, being ill, or government protocol that we must follow. This is called Distance Learning. 

Students should connect with their teachers if they are in this situation to arrange for learning and homework while they are in distance learning. Our teacher directory can be found here.

Student Accounts & Facts LMS

At ALCS Students will have the following accounts to manage in order to complete assignments in various classes both on and off campus. Usernames & Passwords are assigned by administration. 

  • FACTS LMS
  • Intranet Student Fileserver at ALCS (when using computers on-campus)
  • Student Google Account
    • Student Google Account Username: Username@alcs.us 
    • The Student Google Account is NOT connected to any active e-mail.

More About LMS

FACTS LMS gives you an opportunity to use the Learning Management System (LMS) to interact with a classroom environment — all via the Internet! Watch a video to get an introduction on Facts LMS here*The password to access the video is factslms (case-sensitive)

FACTS LMS is a private and secure student area that will allow students to connect with students and teachers online, including accessing class materials, uploading assignments, participating in classroom discussions, and taking quizzes. Watch a video on how to login and use the LMS for students here*The password to access the video is factslms (also case-sensitive).

Student Google Account

To access files, watch videos, and upload or share documents, you must always do the following:

Login to your Student Google Account

  • Click the Sign In button at the top, right of the screen.

  • Enter your assigned Username@alcs.us + assigned password.

When you are logged in, if you try to click on Gmail, you will see this message because your student Google account is not an email account.

  • Notice, you will see your initial (or picture if you have added one to your profile) all the way to the right.
  • To the left of that, you will see 9 dots (a “waffle”). It may not seem like you are logged in right away until you click the 9 dots, or “waffle”. This is where you can access the different G Suite programs that are turned on for your account.
    • Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, etc.​​​​​

       

Now you are ready to open any files your teacher shares with you!

To switch the active student Google account so another student can work:

  • Click the initial at the top, right of the screen.
  • Click the other student's name (if they have previously logged in), or click "Add Account" to add a new student account.

Facts LMS

From the ALCS homepage, at the top or bottom of the page, there is a link to Facts LMS.

Once logged in, the LMS Dashboard looks like this (or similar):

Keep track of upcoming assignments with the Student Calendar:

Click on an assignment to go directly to it in LMS. Here is an example of a Class Dashboard:

 

Zoom Calls

Most of the time, your teacher will provide you a link that will take you right to your Zoom call without the need to log in.

If you find that you need to log in join a Zoom call, you can use your Student Google login. 

 

Need Help?

The ALCS Help Desk is available for questions about a class or the LMS by phone or email.

Phone Support: 608-571-9252 
Mon–Fri, 8a-10a & 6p-8p plus Sat, 8a-10a
Email Support: onlinehelpdesk@alcs.us
Anytime during the day & ASAP on the weekends. (Emails after 8p may be answered the next morning.)

Digital Equity Resources

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided information on the DPI Digital Equity Gap

PSC Internet Helpline: The Public Service Commission has established their Internet & Phone helpline for Wisconsin consumers. Callers can speak directly with a dedicated staff member to learn about internet and phone service options available in their area and discuss eligibility for discounts on critical communications services. Please dial 608-267-3595 to speak with dedicated PSC staff or leave a voicemail.

Phone: 608-267-3595

Wi-Fi Map: This mapping tool displays public Wi-Fi locations that have been self-reported by entities and individuals to the Public Service Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The map displays hundreds of locations where citizens can go to use Wi-Fi when it is not available at home while also maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. New locations are being added as they become available. 

Wisconsin Public Wi-Fi Locations Map Website

Resource categories

Internet Offers: Several Wisconsin providers are offering resources to enable K-12 students to connect to the internet at home. This site is hosted by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission

Portable Access: This page lists offers currently provided by cell phone carriers

Connectivity Programs: A curated list of state and federal connection programs

Information and Resources: This page includes information for cybersecurity and student data privacy during virtual learning