GenNET Online Learning

 

Genesee ISD

AdvancED Accredited

 

GenNET Online Learning FAQs

Q. What is GenNET Online Learning?

A. The GenNET Online Learning Project provides students with online high school and middle school courses by utilizing the unique capabilities and qualities of the Web.

Q. 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).

Q. What computer system configurations must a student have?

A. Students will need the listed minimum configurations in order to take a course.

Q. 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 is processed.

Q. Who can take the courses?

A. See your school counselor for information.

Q. What courses are currently available for enrollment?

A. Check out our online course catalog.

Q. 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 coursework; 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.

Q. 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 and course 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.

Q. 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 high school counselors and administrators.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. Who grants credit?

A. Local school districts grant the credit for each course as approved by their Board of Education.

Q. 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.

Q. 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 of particular interest for review.

Q. Are the State Assessments administered to students receiving online instruction?

A. Online courses provided through GenNET are not intended to be an alternative to enrollment in a local high school or middle school. 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.

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