Department of Defense Education Activity

Student Responsibilities

StudentsIf you have never taken an online class, you are probably wondering how online courses compare to traditional classes. Online courses have many things in common with traditional classes. Both have instructors, classmates, completion requirements, course materials and assignments. Although the basic academic skills for success are similar, in the online environment self-direction, time management, and self-motivation are critical for student success. If you possess the above characteristics or have the desire to improve these skills, the online environment may be right for you. Here is important information that will help you be successful in DoDEA Virtual High School courses.

The DoDEA Virtual High School online courses provide the same responsibilities and competencies as traditional courses within a different framework. As an online student, to be successful, you will need computer skills, specific communication skills, and curriculum resources outlined in the course syllabus. Specific student responsibilities are outlined below:

  • Complete the online course.
  • Demonstrate a sincere desire to learn and participate in class activities.
  • Maintain self-discipline and avoid procrastination.
  • Communicate effectively with instructors and peers.
  • Be self-directed and self-motivated in his/her approach to learning.
  • Possess effective study skills and habits.
  • Work independently and have the ability to pace his/her own learning.
  • Meet deadlines and fulfill course requirements in a timely manner.
  • Read carefully and follow written instructions.
  • Utilize basic computer skills such as e-mailing, downloading documents, utilizing the internet for research and/or data collection and using productivity software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Log into the course daily and contact the instructor often.
  • Be flexible, patient, and tolerate change.