Profile of a Successful Online Learner

How to be a successful online student

97: Profile of a Successful Online Learner

So many students in high school and college are now learning online, and they don’t always know how to navigate and excel in a different environment to the physical classroom.

As I have been teaching online for many years now, I hope this episode helps those of you with online learners – and those of you who will have online learners in the future.

Here are the tips covered in this episode to help your child from an early age be ready to be a successful online learner.

1. Read instructions / syllabus

2. Be on time

3. Be tech-savvy (screenshot/details if there are issues)

4. Remove distractions

5. Follow rubrics

6. Communicate when problems or confusion

7. Be polite

8. Check grades

9. Don’t plagiarize

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

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How to be a successful online student

Online Classes and Costs

Online classes and costs

94: Online Classes and Costs

When you consider online classes and their costs, you need to remember that you usually get what you pay for.

Free online classes will expect parents to grade and may not be as in-depth as paid classes.

Low-cost online classes are usually self-paced with automatic grading (ie assignments are quizzes) or parent grading. These kinds of classes can afford big sales on their products as most of the work is done during course creation.

The more involvement by teachers the more classes are likely to cost. It takes hours to create a module – whether creating one’s one videos, prepping for live sessions, or gathering online resources. Then a teacher will spend more time if there is a live session involved, and even more time if there is grading to be done. In addition, some subjects (eg languages) will require a lot of teacher involvement. The higher grades are also going to cost more than younger grades.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy keeps costs down by using teaching assistants to help with grading.

AP classes and specialized classes usually cost more as teachers need more knowledge for them. There are generally also fewer students in each class.

Listen to the episode as you will also get a breakdown of how much time a teacher is likely to spend on a class.

Episode 24- How to Select Online Classes for your Children is a related episode that can help you decide what type of onlince classes will work best for your children.

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Web-based Unit Studies

Web-based unit studies

Episode 48: Web-based Unit Studies

Web-based unit studies are NOT simply pdfs instead of physical books, but rather interactive and accessed through an online classroom.

What are web-based unit studies?

  • mini online self-paced classes
  • make use of online resources eg videos, interactive websites, online games, audio, infographics
  • have online projects where the students use digital tools to show what they have learned

Why include web-based unit studies in your homeschool?

  • unique nature of the resources which can bring subjects alive
  • engaging
  • kids learn techie skills
  • prepares students for online classes at high school and college<

How can you make your own web-based unit studies?

1. You can set everything up on Trello or Google Docs and get your kids to check off assignments as they complete them.

2. Pick a topic ( and search for resources using phrases like “baseball for kids”, “online baseball game”, “baseball infographic”, “baseball interactive”.

3. Search on Youtube and Vimeo for videos. Also, look at Edpuzzle as they have videos with embedded quizzes.

4. Search for “digital breakout baseball”. Learn more about digital breakouts on this episode.

5. Create online games using something like Classtools.

Visit this blog post to see a short video of the “inside” of a web-based unit study.

Use coupon code HWT50 – for 50% off any one full-priced web-based unit study from FundaFunda Academy.

And look at the online unit studies offered by Beth Napoli at Techie Homeschool Mom.

Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology.

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How to select online classes for your children

How to select online classes

Episode 24: How to select online classes for your children

1. Cost

  • you get what you pay for (live classes, graded classes will cost more)
  • refund policies?

2. Synchronous / Asynchronous

Synchronous classes are usually live and students watch a live stream. Good for students who like structure. Example: True North Homeschool Academy.

Asynchronous classes allow students to select the time they come to class and are recorded videos and other assignments. Good for students with unpredictable schedules. Example: show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy.

3. Graded / not graded

For younger students grading is not important, but high school students need a grade. Is the class grade? If not is there an answer key/rubrics for the parent to use?

4. Self-paced vs deadlines

Pros of self-paced classes: take as long as you want, often can re-use for multiple kids, example: – FundaFunda Academy web-based unit studies
Cons – take as long as you want so no pressure to finish, usually not graded

Classes with deadlines ensure students finish their work on time and prepares them for college (and life!). Examples: FundaFunda Academy’sand True North Homeschool Academy‘s full semester classes.

Be sure to check out the new podcast from Lisa Nehring of True North Homeschool Academy – Soft Skills 101

5. Class interaction

Some classes have forums/discussion rooms
Some classes have ways students can view each other’s work and give peer reviews and ratings.
Group work is also a possibility in online classes

6. Learning style

Do your children learn better with live interaction, with textbooks, with interactive websites and games? Do you want classes that have tests or ones that assess mastery in a different way?

7. Rigour

Classes can be “light” or rigorous. Some are Honors level or AP prep.

In conclusion, it can very helpful if you can view a demo of classes you are considering before you buy.

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How to select online classes

Top Three Reasons For Online Classes

Online Classes | Have you considered online classes and were not sure about the benefits? In this episode, I interview a special guest, Tina Piper with Luma Learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTop Three Reasons For Online Classes with Special Guest Tina Piper Episode 322

Have you considered online classes and were not sure about the benefits? In this episode, I interview a special guest, Tina Piper with Come listen to learn the top benefits and meet Tina.

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The top reason online classes are a benefit.

  1. One line classes are often a way for moms to get a break and “sub out” that class for the year. Homeschoolers are “all in” and our lives are busy. Similar to needing an oxygen mass on a plane in distress, we must take care of ourselves as well. Moms tend to do way too much and it just backfires on us. We don’t always want to admit that we need help, but it is okay to need help. Maybe a mom
  2. We can enjoy other people’s gifts. If we really believe that we are each gifted with certain talents we can share them or enjoy other people’s gifts. On Luma Learn, you will be blessed by the gifted teachers.
  3. Teaching your child accountability. Online classes allow children to learn what another teacher expects, deadlines and assignments. Whether you are in college, ministry, or the workplace you will learn a structure and accountability from others.



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