If you have never taken an online class, you are probably wondering how online courses compare to traditional classes--especially for younger students. Online courses have many things in common with traditional classes. Both have teachers, classmates, completion requirements, course materials and assignments. Although the basic academic skills for success are similar for all grade levels, in the online environment self-direction, time management, and self-motivation are critical for student success. For younger students, regardless of grade level, adult help with these characteristics is important.
Once enrolled, all DVS students are expected to:
- Complete the online course.
- Log into the course daily and interact with the teacher often.
- Communicate politely with teachers and classmates..
- Be flexible, patient, and tolerate change.
- Demonstrate a sincere desire to learn and participate in class activities
Depending upon their grade level and development, students enrolled in online courses will be provided with the opportunity to increase their ability to:
- Maintain self-discipline and avoid procrastination.
- 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 and verbal 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 or Google Apps for Education).