Scholars Online Orientation to Policies, Moodle Use, and College Preparation
Orientation sessions are generally scheduled the week prior to the start of summer session and the start of the academic year, and are held Monday evening, Wednesday midday, and Friday morning of that week for student convenience. Additional policy chat discussions are held in the evenings during the week prior to the start of the fall term, so that parents can meet teachers and ask questions.
We require that all new parents attend an orientation to Scholars Online policies, where we will discuss the parents' roles and responsibilities, Scholars Online responsibilities for communication and reporting, financial arrangements, and other administrative issues. We know that by meeting with parents early and establishing clear expectations, we can resolve issues so that both parents and students can focus on their educational goals once classes start. Because we have had recurring issues with cheating and plagiarism, parents and students required to state that they they have read and agree to abide by and enforce Scholars Online's policies regarding terms of site use, privacy, cheating, and plagiarism each year.
The Scholars Online Chat program is unique to our institution. Chat orientation attendance is required to help students and parents learn to use chat features and retrieve logs. Technical support will be available during chat orientation to identify any issues with browser settings. Teachers do not have the time or necessary expertise to debug chat problems, so on the rare occasions where they occur, it essential that chat issues be identified and resolved before attending class chats.
The Moodle environment has many features, which teachers may employ for course delivery and assignment tracking. Students learn how to set profile variables such as their local time zone and avatar, check calendars for assignment due dates, take quizzes, and review grade listings for course performance. Parents learn how to use their Mentor modules to monitor student achievements and help students keep up to date with assignments.
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