This is big news in that this program meets NATEF standard 11 which allows up to 25% of the contact hours for a certified automotive program to be met using the online portion. The cost is about $10 as an add-on to the price of my textbooks. Purchasing the book through Pearson provides the student with a unique code that is not otherwise available through other resellers.
A link to MAL can be found on my website.
NATEF Standard 11 and how MAL meets the criteria includes:
Standard 11.1 - Access
Students must have access to the appropriate technology needed to access e-learning materials. Most programs have access to computer labs.
Standard 11.2 - Curriculum and Student Progress
All content/tasks taught by e-learning must be identified and a record of each student's progress must be maintained through the use of a Learning Management System (LMS). All activities in MAL are assignable and assessable. They flow to instructor's grade book. Pearson provides LMS for schools without one, or Pearson can customize to fit needs to school. This provides the necessary student progress tracking required for Standard 11.
Standard 11.3 - Advisory Committee Input
E-learning, for the purpose of meeting NATEF hour requirements, must be discussed and approved by the Advisory Committee. Schools should get approval from their advisory committee so that the time spent with electronic learning can meet NATEF requirements and up to 25% of the time can be achieved using MAL.
Also, specifically dealing with Curriculum and Student Progress:
A. Highlight e-learning activities in the course of study materials: MAL achieves this by providingsite maps which lists every single asset, tagged to book, chapter, learning objective (LO), and page number.
B. Cross-reference e-learning activities to content/tasks in the program plan: Because the activities are specifically tied to a text (book, chapter, LO, page number), this is easily done.
C. Correlate instructional hours to be credited toward meeting up to 25 percent of the program specialty hour requirements with the vendor's average completion time for each instructional module. Pearson provides student time on task for each activity, so schools can easily determine how much of their course can be moved online.