Arlington Public Schools Virtual@APS, Arlington Public Schools’ virtual learning program, began by offering one locally produced course in 1993. Today, APS Virtual Learning has grown to support many classes and over 2,000 students, providing a combination of locally produced classes taught by master teachers from Arlington and completely virtual courses provided by other nationally recognized. Virtual@APS supports initiatives and curricula that offer students, staff and community the opportunity to participate in courses and professional development.
How to be a Successful Virtual/Online Student
Steps to Succeed in Virtual/Online Courses
Take advantage of “anytime, anyplace, or any pace” learning
The virtual/online classroom gives you the chance to take more or less time. It also allows you the chance to choose when to give it your full concentration. Those that use this to their advantage will find the online classroom conducive to being highly successful.
Be Self-Motivated and Self-Disciplined
With the freedom of “anytime, anyplace, or any pace” comes the responsibility. You have to make sure you log in daily, or according to a consistent schedule. You should plan to dedicate 5-6 hours per week to working in your online class.
A successful virtual/online student must take advantage of opportunities within discussions, office hours, and planned webinars to pose questions. If you aren’t sure what you are expected to do, you should always ask.
Actively Participate in Class Discussions
Your virtual/online class will give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, your feelings, and even your own personal experiences. This sharing goes a long way to having a more meaningful learning experience.
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