Update: Texas OnCourse Piloting Training for Counselors
As a counselor and adviser, you are sometimes expected to be an encyclopedia of information. We want to help with that. To do so, we have created online learning opportunities that give you the information you need in the following subjects: postsecondary pathways, career pathways, and financial aid. These lessons, organized into easy-to-use, digestible “modules,” will be publicly available in August, 2017.
We are testing these lessons all year in preparation for the full scale release in August. In the fall, 400 counselors and advisers participated in our first pilot, with lessons on the FAFSA, Apply Texas and The Common Application.
Of those surveyed after completing the lessons:
- 94% of participants agreed that the modules are of high quality, with 86% reporting that they strongly agree/agree.
- 87%, 92% and 97% of participants respectively, agreed that the FAFSA, Apply Texas and Common Application modules included information they did not know.
- 98% of participants agreed that each module contained practical information that they can use in their current position.
Testing is ongoing, and, this month counselors have completed modules on the SAT, NCAA & NAIA eligibility, and researching postsecondary options. We look forward to sharing these results with you, as preliminary findings suggest that participants found the lessons provided highly informative and relevant to their practice.
Texas OnCourse is dedicated to not only making these lessons informational, but usable for counselors and advisers across the state. If you’d like to be a part of our pilots moving forward, see below for information to share with your team, as well as a calendar of modules we need pilot participants for through the spring and summer.
Pilot Opportunity information (PDFs):
- Apr 1- Apr 30
400 participants needed to pilot modules on: ACT, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, ASVAB, Coalition App, Universal College App, Military Academies and Scholarship Applications
- May 1 - May 30
350 participants needed to pilot modules on QuestBridge, National Merit Scholarship Program, Personal Graduation Plan, Career Clusters, Pathways, & Endorsements and Award Letters
- Jun 1 - Jun 30
350 participants needed to pilot modules on TASFA, College Credit, TSIA and Military Enlistment
- July 1 - July 20
350 participants needed to pilot modules on Career Learning Experiences, Career Assessments and Career Outlook