As kids wrap up an unconventional school year, capped off with remote learning over online platforms, parents are questioning: is online school right for my kid? And, if so, what’s stopping them from continuing with online learning, even after physical distance measures are lifted? If not for their entire education, at least for a portion of their courses…
It’s a similar discussion to the one being had in the job sector: if someone thrives in a remote setting, out-performing their in-office performance, why don’t they always work remotely? Some kids are prospering in online learning settings, so it feels natural that they should continue.
In this post, let’s discuss what online school is, what its benefits are and whether it’s right for your kid.
What is Online School?
Online schools differ slightly from the remote education your kid might have received as a result of the pandemic lockdown. For one, the structure of Ministry inspected online schools has been in place much longer; they have had time to test, retool, and optimize their platforms. The remote learning platforms rolled out by physical public and private schools didn’t have that luxury. They were built as a temporary way to address an unprecedented problem.
Secondly, online schools are flexible. An online school like Oeshighschool.com is a “continuous enrolment” private school, inspected by the Ministry of Education and authorized to grant credits toward a diploma. Students may take courses at any time of year and are given 12 months to complete the course (though they may get an extension). In other words, online schools result in the same stellar education and diploma credits, but with far greater flexibility.
The Benefits of Online School
The above section already mentioned one benefit of online schooling: Flexibility. But what are some of the other benefits of enrolling your kid in online classes? Here are a few:
- Learning at their own pace – students in an online learning setting can set their own pace. If they struggle with certain materials, they can take longer. If they are confident in certain materials, they can move through quicker.
- Bully-free and Accessible – online learning is a bully-free zone, away from the social pressures of the classroom. Students with physical disabilities may also find it useful to supplement their learning with online courses, conveniently located at home.
- Consolidation – there’s no juggling textbooks, scrambling to find writing utensils or rifling through your locker to find that essay that’s due today. Everything is conveniently consolidated in your at-home computer. This lack of clutter can help students stay organized and focused for better academic performance.
Who’s it for?
Simply put, online learning is for whoever wants it. If your kid struggles with keeping apace in a classroom setting, online learning maybe for them. If your kid works faster than the class and wants a convenient way to work ahead, online courses are great for that. If your kid feels a disruptive sense of social pressure at school, they may find that online learning is right for them. And if you simply want to supplement your kid’s classroom education with flexible, “long lead time” courses, online learning can help there too.
Remote learning doesn’t have to end with the end of this school year. If you think your kid can flourish in a e-learning setting, give it a try!