Characteristics of Distance Learning

Attending school VIRTUALLY is a great option for many students and families. We are striving to provide an instructional alternative opportunity and pathway for those not comfortable with attending school in the traditional face-to face format.  While it is a great option for many, virtual school is not the perfect alternative for every student or family.

Characteristics of a Successful Virtual Student

It is the expectation that students in the Worth County Virtual Academy will perform to the best of their ability in their virtual coursework at all times. Students should be ready to take responsibility for their own learning and the successful virtual students are able to do the following:

  • Apply themselves to their studies in a focused and serious manner
  • Work hard and become engaged in their lessons and activities
  • Improve areas of personal weakness while capitalizing on personal strengths
  • Maintain an active study regimen and stay on top of all assignment deadlines
  • Recognize when assistance is needed and is able to seek that assistance in a timely manner
  • Establish a strong communication line with instructors and mentor
  • Be goal oriented and have a desire to learn and succeed
  • Be self-disciplined with regards to study habits
  • Frequently get support from their parent and/or learning coach
  • Work independently
  • Manage time effectively
  • Navigate on the computer
  • Proficiently read and write

Characteristics of Online Learning Success

  • Be an independent learner-An independent learner is not someone that does not need help from those around them, but it is someone that is active in the academic process. Independent learners take action, they think critically, they want to learn for themselves and use those around them as a resource to break through the problems they encounter in the educational process. Independent learners look to learn from situations around them, they look to learn from people around them, and they never make the excuse that there is nothing to be gained from a situation, even if the situation is one they have experienced before.
  • Goal-oriented-This may be the most obvious of the all the characteristics.  Someone that is goal-oriented has a vision for who they want to be and what they want to do. They know there are steps that need to be accomplished to get to that ultimate goal, and they set out to accomplish larger goals in that step-by-step process.  This is the basic format of online learning.  Students who can follow the instructions, complete the work as asked, and move on to the next assignment are just accomplishing mini goal after mini goal.
  • Set a schedule and keep to it-This is similar to the goal-oriented concept.  Most teachers offer students a pacing guide, which is an outline for how quickly the students should be progressing through the class.  As long as students stick to that schedule, at no point in the semester should they feel overwhelmed.  A flexible learning schedule does not mean you can wait until the last two weeks of the semester and turn in everything at one time.  This is problematic for a number of reasons.  It is stressful for the student and teacher, the student likely is not learning and retaining any of the information as they are rushing to complete all of the work at the end of the semester, and it does not allow the teacher to give feedback that the student can then grow from moving forward.  If students just set a schedule and move forward meeting those goals and deadlines, they will complete all work, grow from the experience, and feel far less stress at the end of the semester.
  • Taking responsibility for the learning process- Think back to the first characteristic – being an independent learner.  An independent learner will inherently take responsibility for the learning process. They expect to push themselves in their academic process and use the resources provided as a guide for learning.  This is a characteristic that is needed at the collegiate level.