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Monday, July 9, 2012

4 Steps to a Great Dual-enrollment Online Class

It's difficult to know whether your child will have an enjoyable experience with an online class, but there are five steps you can take that will improve the chances the class will be a success.

  1. Try to investigate the teacher. Usually, there will be at least one or two other parents who have had their child in the class. They are your best source of information. If you homeschool, post the request on your group's site. If you are in public or private school, ask a counselor. You can also speak to the the dual- enrollment department at the college. Though they may not know every teacher, they may be able to ask someone else.
  2. Look at the curriculum. Sometimes, this is difficult. My daughter has had classes that did not have a book at all, online or otherwise. However, you should be able to get a copy of the syllabus. This will at least give you an idea of what your child will be reading for the course.
  3. Read the syllabus! This may be the most important piece of information available. It will tell you how much each assignment is worth, and may even tell you what the final project will be.
  4. Get a list of the other students with their contact information. Sometimes, this is available once the course begins. At the very least, tell your child to make a friend and get at least one student's information. When working on that assignment where the instructions just don't make sense, that one email address will in invaluable.
My daughter has done extremely well with dual-enrollment classes. If you are thinking about A.P. classes instead of dual-enrollment, please read my post Dual-enrollment or A.P? As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and I'd love to hear about your experience with dual-enrollment classes!

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