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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Will I need a text book?  Only English courses require text that is not included in your course material. You will have a book list from which to choose a text.
 Who teaches online courses?  Certified teachers who are employed by the OCDSB deliver our online courses. Currently these teachers are assigned to both online and regular day school classes.
 Are online courses harder or easier than regular classroom courses?  

This very much depends on you and the course you are taking. The curriculum expectations for online courses are identical to the curriculum expectations for courses delivered in a regular classroom setting.

Studies have shown that both students and teachers tend to spend more time working on courses delivered online when compared to the same course delivered in the traditional classroom setting. If you are not, at this time, comfortable with computers, some of your time will be spent figuring out how to carry out different applications on your computer.

As a general rule, however, plan on devoting at least as many hours to online courses as you would to regular classroom courses.

 How often are students required to log in?  You should plan to log in every (school) day. You will need to spend about the same amount of time it would take to attend an in-school course plus the time it would take to complete homework and assignments out of school.
Your teacher is taking attendance. Students who log in every day and complete their work on time are far more likely to be successful in an online course than students who log in less frequently for longer periods of time.
 What if I don’t understand a question or don’t know what to do next?  Teachers submit student attendance weekly. Students "attend" an online class by participating in discussions and posting/submitting their work. If you are not meeting these "attendance" expectations, your teacher will contact you directly to find out what assistance you might need to get back on track. Desire2Learn also tracks when you log in and what pages you open. This information is available to both you and your teacher on the User Progress page.

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