ONLINE EDUCATION IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!
Online education is an alternative for those students who for a variety of reasons are not or cannot be successful in the brick and mortar classroom. It is not, however, an alternative to the courses and curriculum. The standards and expectations for achievement do not change.
Students who are successful in the EDGE program are those students who:
- Are working full-time to help support a family.
- Are teen parents.
- Are unable to attend a brick and mortar school for a variety of health reasons.
- Are struggling in the traditional setting and need a different approach.
- Are motivated to finish high school but need flexibility in scheduling.
- Are in need of acceleration and access to concurrent enrollment.
Online curriculum and course work is not any easier or any harder than what is presented in the brick and mortar setting. Online courses are not condensed versions of the same class, and they still require active participation by the student. The difference is that students self-direct and facilitate their own learning in the online environment. ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Students who traditionally are non-attenders in a brick and mortar classroom will continue to be non-attenders in an online setting. Students must have an intrinsic desire to want to work in and complete courses.
Online students must be self-starters, self-motivated and self-disciplined. They must be able to work independently and understand that while there may be flexibility in when to work each day, they must create a consistent time to work daily and actively participate in each of their courses. ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Students who cannot set schedules for themselves and have the self-discipline to work on their own will be unable to complete courses in the online setting. Students who are easily distracted and unable to sit still will not meet the demands of the online environment. Doing well on a computer playing videos games does not equate to success in completing online courses.
Online learning takes place in front of a computer with all instructions, reading materials and assignments/assessments completed utilizing the computer. Students must be able to read and write well and must be able to follow directions. ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Students who are traditionally non-readers and writers or who do NOT know how to read or who are unwilling to take the time to read and write in a brick and mortar setting will not be successful online.
Successful online learners are able to communicate their needs and wants and have strong self-advocacy skills. Students cannot be afraid to ask for help face-to-face and via email or texting. ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Students who do NOT advocate for themselves or take the initiative to ask for help will be unsuccessful in the online setting.
Communication through multiple modes (email, text messages, phone calls, face-to-face conferences) is a critical component of the online setting. ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Students who are unwilling to open and respond to email, respond to text messages or answer the phone will not be successful in the online setting.
While online learners must have the attributes and skills listed above, access to a computer and reliable internet is an absolute necessity. ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Students who do not have a computer and internet access and/or who are not willing to come onsite on a daily basis will not be successful.