5 Myths About Online Learning in High School

Even before COVID-19 rapidly changed the face of online education, common myths about online learning ran rampant in the industry, leading to misinformation, confusion and distrust of the system by parents who felt an online learning environment would not meet the high expectations they have for their children’s education. 

The frustrations experienced by students and parents alike of Zoom classes and busy work that plague synchronous online learning is what led many to seek out an alternative that maintained the quality of in-person learning but was delivered in an accessible manner. With over 20 years of experience developing a world-class online learning program, OLu has made great strides in our approach to online learning and has long resolved these frustrations.

At OLu, we want parents and students to feel excited about the prospect of studying in an online learning environment, not trepidatious. We’ve compiled a list of some of the myths our team of online educators are often faced with from concerned parents, along with the reality of what online learning looks like at OLu. 

Myth 1: Online learning is a separate entity from traditional learning, meaning students don’t receive the same quality in education.

Reality: When your child takes an online course through Orange Lutheran Online (OLO), they are learning similar course material as in-class students; the only difference is the manner in which it is delivered.

Due to the fact that our courses maintain the same high standard in quality across all learning options at OLu, you can have confidence that your child is receiving a world-class education, all while enjoying the convenience of an online learning environment.

Our student-athletes in particular benefit from this structure, as all our Core online classes are UC and NCAA approved.

Learn more about what the differences are between OLu’s online, Blended, and HyFlex learning options here. 

 

Myth 2: Online learning students are isolated from their peers and are socially disadvantaged.

Reality: We provide multiple avenues where online learners can participate in on-campus events, clubs, and activities that interest them and help them engage with their on-campus peers.

Just like their on-campus peers, online learners taking part in OLu’s Blended Learning program are invited to participate in all aspects of student life including athletics, performing arts, clubs, and the full gamut of student activities such as pep rallies, dances, mission trips, and worship.  

 

Myth 3: Teachers are less responsive to online learning students, forcing them to teach themselves. 

Reality: The responsibility to maintain open communication between online students and teachers falls largely onto the students, as one of the skills we seek to develop in online learners is self-advocacy and to speak up when needed.

That does not mean your child is left to their own devices. Online learning provides increased opportunities for one on one interaction between student and teacher. Not only are teachers in an online learning environment extra responsive to emails and phone calls regarding online work, but students are also made aware of their teachers’ dedicated office hours.

At OLu, in-person, online and Blended learning students have access to specialized programs designed to support the unique learning needs of students in each learning option. Learn more about the differences between online and Blended learning here.

 

Myth 4: Dishonesty runs rampant in online learning environments.

Reality: At OLu, we understand that our students can sometimes find themselves in a situation where they are seeking a shortcut to help them complete assignments on time.  That being said, we take every instance of academic dishonesty incredibly seriously and enforce a zero-tolerance policy. 

OLu utilizes software to help identify and flag suspicious assignments, which compare submitted assignments to online resources as well as internal similarities between assignments submitted by students. 

We see any instance of academic dishonesty as an opportunity to teach and help our students grow as burgeoning academics. Any suspicious incident is confronted immediately, stressing the importance of academic integrity while helping the student resolve any issues that may have impeded their work. 

 

Myth 5: Online learning students and their families must be technologically advanced in order to participate. 

Reality: While access to reliable internet service and a working computer are necessary, students and their families require nothing more than a basic understanding of computers to be able to thrive in an online learning environment. 

Learn more about OLu’s recommended keys to success in order for your child to have a successful blended learning education. 

Students taking part in online learning have special access to tech support, available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM should a technical issue arise. 

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