GenNET Online Learning FAQs
What is GenNET Online Learning?
A. GenNET Online Learning provides students in grades K-12 with a wide variety of online courses that have been vetted for quality and rigor. All courses are aligned to Michigan standards, and are offered at a discount on the GenNET portal.
What computer skills do students need?
A. A basic understanding
of computers is helpful. Students should know how to use the keyboard,
mouse, DVD/CD drive(s), how to point and click, and use pull-down
menus. Experience with e-mail and Internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox).
What computer system configurations must a student have?
will need the listed minimum configurations in order
to take a course.
What about Web security?
A. Access to a username
and password to a course are required. Students will receive
a username and password via e-mail after their registration information
Who can take the courses?
A. See your school
counselor for information.
What courses are currently available for enrollment?
out our online course catalog.
What type of student takes online courses?
A. Online courses
have been found to be a particularly valuable option for the
following: 1) college bound students in need of advanced or specialized
2) students wanting to improve their skills in specific subject
areas; 3) gifted or advanced students in need of expanded educational
offerings; 4) homebound or other reasonable need for credit recovery to complete the graduation requirements.
What is included in the online courses?
A. Courses include
video, audio, online quizzes and tests, and projects that students
complete and submit to the teacher. In most cases, tests provide
immediate feedback. Students will have an online notebook that
serves as their personal note taking space as well as the tool
for submitting assignments. Links, notes, pictures, and other
information can be stored in the notebook. Students can use e-mail
specific discussion boards to communicate with their teacher and other
students taking the course. Links to the Web will provide additional
information about a particular subject. Each course also includes
a course guide which includes information such as overview of
the course, objectives, and how the course will be graded. Courses
also include informative sections such for New Students,
Table of Contents, Glossary, and much more--all of which are
designed to help the student move more easily through the course material.
What kind of technical support is provided?
A. GenNET will provide
technical support to the facilitating teacher and students. GenNET
will also provide informational sessions to school counselors
Who facilitates each course?
A. Mentor teacher or other professional such as a counselor, substitute teacher or any other certificated staff member. A mentor teacher does not have to be an expert in the subject area of the student's course.
Are students required to take exams/quizzes in a proctored environment?
A. Some providers require students to take exams in a proctored environment, and others simply recommend a proctored environment. See proctor details related to each provider.
Who grants credit?
A. Local school
districts grant the credit for each course as approved by their
Board of Education.
How do students get a username and password for the courses?
A. Once enrollment
for the course is received, the student will receive an e-mail
with their username and password so that they may begin the course.
Can students try a course before enrolling?
A. Students can
sample our courses by going to Course Demonstrations from the
GenNET website. Occasionally, principals, counselors, advisers, teachers,
parents, and others are allowed temporary access to a course
particular interest for review.
Are the State Assessments administered to students receiving
A. Online courses
provided through GenNET are not intended to be an alternative
to enrollment in a local school district. Classes taken through GenNET
are expanding curriculum and learning for students enrolled in
participating school districts; therefore, it is the responsibility
of the host school district to administer appropriate state assessments.