Is your child thinking about enrolling in an online course? Students say taking an online course builds their confidence, their skills, and their motivation to learn. There are thousands of other high school students taking online courses for various reasons. Online courses offer the opportunity for students to take courses that may not be available from their school system, conflict with their schedule, or are not offered because of low enrollment. Students may also be looking for remediation or extended enrichment.
Online courses are structured just like conventional classes, with a few unique differences. Students will complete almost all of their work online. The Online Instructor is a real person, but the student probably won’t ever meet them face to face. The Online Instructor will interact with your student primarily through email, online discussions, and comments on their assignments. Most courses allow students to watch interactive multimedia presentations, get instant feedback on online exercises, and track their own progress through the course. It’s a new and exciting way to learn!
Parents are encouraged to communicate with school staff throughout the registration process. Before your child registers to take an online course, you should first talk with their guidance counselor to determine their need to take an online course. Next, work with them to determine if they are a good candidate to take an online course. Students can click the Is Online Learning for Me? link to complete the self-assessment. If a student’s request is approved by the local school, please review each step of the registration process with them to avoid any delays.
The resources listed in the table provide information about what courses are available, important dates, frequently asked questions, technical requirements, and some tips on how to support your student in their online course. If you have any questions along the way, please contact MSDE. Contact by email or phone: 410-767-0734.