Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA VS: Responsibilities


Students who have never taken an online class are probably wondering how online courses compare to traditional classes – especially for younger students. Online courses and traditional classes have similarities such as teachers, classmates, completion requirements, course materials, and assignments. Though the basic academic skills for success are similar for all grade levels, self-direction, time management, and self-motivation are critical for student success in the online environment. For younger students, the help of a caring adult is important for developing these characteristics.

Student Expectations

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.

Student Opportunities

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 their approach to learning.
  • Possess effective study skills and habits.
  • Work independently and have the ability to pace one's 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 emailing, downloading documents, utilizing the internet for research and/or data collection and using productivity software (i.e., Microsoft Office and/or Google Apps for Education).
Parent, Sponsor, and Guardian Responsibilities

Caring adults play an important role in each student’s education. Best practices and research indicates that students do best when they receive additional support and guidance from an adult who will make a commitment to routinely provide educational support.

Monitor Student Computer Time and Daily Work

Each student is unique in their learning needs – and their learning needs may not match our own! For example, does your child do best when learning in a quiet space or does the child do best when in a space with a little bit of distraction? If students work in their own room, ensuring that they are spending time in the courseware is important. Sometimes, the best space for school work is the kitchen or dining room table where students have ready access to an adult.

Monitor Student Weekly Progress and Grades

  • Parents can monitor student work in Schoology using their student's login information.
  • Each course contains a weekly assignment schedule with required activities and due dates.
  • Checking on your student’s progress in Schoology is an important step for each parent to ensure students have completed their weekly work. 
  • In addition to using Schoology, parents of students enrolled in grades 4-12 may have access to a parent account with the official DoDEA grade program, GradeSpeed. To obtain a GradeSpeed parent account, please contact the Educational Technologist at your child's local brick and mortar school.
  • Utilizing the information found in Schoology and GradeSpeed, engage in a weekly conversation with your student about their progress and goals.

Communication with your student’s teacher(s) is essential, especially for students in grades K-8. We encourage parents to reach out to their child's teacher(s) with any questions or concerns.

Help with Course Navigation

The DVS will provide an orientation designed to help students navigate Schoology and their individual courses. While teachers offer navigational help, it may not always be possible for the student’s teacher to meet with each student at the moment they are challenged. Until they are fully familiarized with the routines of navigation, they may need some help from you. 

Communicate with Teacher(s) Regularly

The DVS communications philosophy is built upon the idea that healthy relationships provide a necessary component to effective teaching and learning. Teachers are eager to build a relationship with both their students and parents. The DVS encourages parents to reach out whenever they have questions or concerns or celebrations to share.

Questions, Concerns, and Teacher Contact Information

Parents who have questions and/or concerns should first contact their student's teacher(s) and are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of any issues. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems in the future. Teacher contact information and office hours can be found in each course within Schoology. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

A virtual parent-teacher conference day is scheduled each semester. Additional meetings to discuss concerns, questions, and student progress may be scheduled at any time during the semester. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher as soon as questions arise. Requests for conferences may also be directed to the assistant principal for coordination with the teacher.