Virtual Learning Expectations

Virtual Learning Expectations
Posted on 01/04/2022

                 

STA Virtual Learning Expectations for Students 

As recently announced by the Government you will now be required to learn online again during what we hope is a brief online learning time.  However, it is important to note that successful online learning will require you to be online with your teachers for a required amount of time each day and attendance will be taken.  It is also important to note that as we wrap up this first semester of learning there are still significant portions of curriculum and assessment pieces that are essential towards completing these courses.  The following is a list of student expectations during this time of online learning:

1. Online Learning: You will be provided with Asynchronous work for your classes on January 5th and 6th.  Online synchronous instruction will begin on January 7th and will relatively follow our school day schedule. During this period of online learning it is your responsibility to make sure that you are checking your emails, staying in contact with your teacher and attending and meeting all of your synchronous learning expectations.    It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with your teachers' online platforms so that you understand how to navigate them and access the information you need.  It is also important to note that each of your class requirements may look different and follow different models.  

2.  Attendance  and Hours of Instruction:  Our school hours of operations have not changed.  Our school day is from 8:00am till 2pm.  We will stick with the same daily schedule:

 

 

Grade 9 & 11

Period1A 8:05-9:20 am

Period 1B 9:25-10:40 am

Lunch A 10:45-11:25 am

Period 2 A 11:30-12:45 pm

Period 2B - 12:50-2:05 pm

Grade 10 & 12

Period1A 8:05-9:20 am

Period 1B 9:25-10:40 am

Lunch B 12:05-12:45 pm

Period 2A 10:45-12:00 am

Period 2B - 12:50-2:05 pm

 

 

 

 

You must show that you are logged on to your course every day or you will be considered and marked absent. You are expected to engage in your learning during those assigned times.  There will be both synchronous and asynchronous learning time built into your day and you will be responsible for managing those expectations.  Failure to adhere to the attendance and learning expectations may result in a loss of credit.   

3.  Time requirements: You are expected to put in the same amount of time during this time of online learning as you would if the course was face to face.  Your daily commitment to learning is from 8-2.  This includes time to read course materials, research and clarify your understanding of key concepts, participate in online threaded discussion boards, complete assignments, and studying for tests.  In addition, quite like day school, many courses may require you to do course work outside of the school day.

4.  Assessment and  Time Management: You must adhere to the assigned class times.  It’s important to manage your time each day to work on your courses. You are also responsible to meet all due dates and deadlines.  If you require support in managing your submission or require extensions, these requests must be submitted to the teacher in a timely manner.  A reminder that our board AER policy will be adhered to.  Examples of this include late, missed and plagiarized assignments.

5.  Communication: The online environment relies heavily on text.  This means that you must be comfortable communicating with your instructor by writing your thoughts, questions, experiences, etc. in emails and discussion forums.  In addition you may be required to interact via video web conferencing or audio feeds.  ALL courses will have email capability available to you.  When communicating with your teachers you are to make sure that that occurs within the school day, especially if you are looking for more immediate feedback.  If you are sending emails outside of the working hours you can expect that your teacher will respond the next school day but not before. 

6.  Being proactive: You must be comfortable actively seeking out help when needed.  Remember that your teacher has no way of knowing if you have questions, concerns, or are having technical difficulties.  Keep in mind that a response to your electronic communication may not happen immediately.  Stay on task and don’t wait until the last minute.

7Online Environment: You will need a reliable internet connection and an electronic device to access your course online on a daily basis.  You should also consider environmental factors such as; where your quiet area and appropriate work location will be (ie: dining room table or work desk), ensuring your time is uninterrupted and you’re attending your class in appropriate dress (ie:  uniform or spirit wear top).  A reminder that engagement in your classroom is meant for students and classroom teachers only. If you require any technology to support learning online please contact the STA main office at or Vice-Principal Gomes: Sgomes@smcdsb.on.ca/

8Conduct: You are a part of our STA community and this is a reminder to you that your interactions and participations in class must meet the standards of our community and of our student expectations. Failure to do so may result in a referral to the Administration team.