What is Online Learning?

Online learning is also known as virtual schooling and distance learning.  Virtual school students use the internet and computer technologies to connect with certified instructors and access their online curriculum from home.  Students communicate with their teachers and peers through email, online sessions, school clubs, face-to-face tutoring, and sponsored school events.

Parent and Guardian Expectations

Students enrolled in a virtual instruction course must have a designated Learning Coach. A Learning Coach is an adult parent or guardian who can monitor and assist the student in the online curriculum. Learning Coaches are required to monitor student progress, communicate with teachers and staff, and assist their student with organization and time management skills. Learning Coaches for students in K-5 are expected to commit at least five hours per day assisting their student in their coursework.

How do you know if online learning is for you?

Online courses can provide opportunities for students to attend to coursework anytime and from anywhere; however, students should have some basic characteristics to be successful online learners. Here is a checklist parents and students can use to determine if online learning is right for them:

I  am comfortable using the internet as a means of communication and research.
I own or have access to a computer with consistent and reliable Internet access and email.
I am able to learn and apply new software applications.
I am able to prioritize tasks, organize assignments and complete assigned work within a deadline.
I am gratified when I independently solve problems and take responsibility for what I learn.
My writing, reading and communication abilities are on grade level or above average.
I prefer to work alone on assignments, but can work collaboratively with peers if the assignment calls for it.
I learn best when I read the directions, rather than an instructor lecturing and giving verbal explanations.
I know how to ask for help when I need it.
I consider class discussions an important part of my learning and development.

If you can answer YES to all of these statements, online learning may be a great option for you. If you answered NO to two or more, you may need to remain in your current program and consider virtual schooling later in your educational career.  It is important to commit to virtual courses once they have started since students will not earn credit if they do not successfully complete the online course.

 

Characteristics of an Online Learner:     

Self-motivated

Independent learner

Computer literate

Good communicator

Self-Determined

On-Grade Level Reader

Parental Involvement & Supervision

 

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity means honesty and responsibility in all school related assignments. We believe that students who cheat are really cheating themselves out of the best possible education. It is important to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. Each of our online courses covers academic integrity and students at Mosaic Digital Academy are expected to adhere to our policy of honesty at all times.

Students who are honest with their work:

  • Submit their own work and  will not plagiarize* in any form
  • Only collaborate with classmates on assignments that are pre-approved by the instructor
  • Will not allow others to copy their work
  • Will not misuse content from the Internet

*Plagiarism is defined as follows: copying or using ideas or words of others (from another person, online classmate, or an internet or print source) and presenting them as your own.

 

Withdrawal Policy

Online students experience the most success when they are computer literate; self-disciplined, motivated, and read on or near grade level. It is essential that the student and instructor maintain regular contact. In the event that a student does not maintain regular contact with his/her instructors Mosaic Digital Academy policy is as follows:

  • All teachers are required to maintain regular communication with students and parents. Teachers will reach out to parents at least once a month for communication via email, telephone, Online meeting, or face-to-face meeting. Please let teachers know your preferred method of communication and give at least five minutes a month for this parent-teacher communication.
  • Regular contact with the student means submitting the expected number of assignments within a period of seven (7) consecutive days. A NO CONTACT LETTER will be sent to the parent/guardian and the student notifying them that their student has fallen behind pace and is not submitting the proper number of assignments.
  • Failure to respond to the letter by submitting the required number of assignments within seven(7) days will result in a NO CONTACT phone call. Failure to return a NO CONTACT phone call will result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the virtual program.

Transfer/Drop

  • During the first 20 days of being activated into a Mosaic course students may drop the course without penalty

Students who withdraw prior to completion of the course will jeopardize grades/credits for the coursework completed prior to withdrawal.

ATTENDANCE

  • Daily attendance in courses is mandatory (Learning Coaches enter attendance for students K-5).
  • Attendance hours and progress made in each course are monitored by the student’s virtual instructor and the district administrator
  • Grades 6-12 students’ time in course and status in course pacing will count in the attendance formula.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

  • Virtual student must have access to a computer 25-30 hours a week.
  • A home computer or laptop is required for optimum utilization of the online platform and basic computing software (i.e. word processor, presentation software, spreadsheets, etc.)* Click here for free Microsoft Office 365 Suite
  • Reliable internet access
  • Reliable landline or cell phone for school related communication and conferencing

 *Note: Mobile devices should not substitute a computer, as many of these devices do not support the curriculum platform and plug-ins required to operate course features.