Online Learner Readiness

Academic Ability: Much of the content of an online course is conveyed through written material. It is, therefore, important students have strong reading skills.

Computer Skills: Students should be comfortable working with a computer, navigating a website, and downloading/uploading documents. Students must be comfortable accessing and reading information on a computer for long periods and have some basic ability to troubleshoot technical issues that may be encountered.

Habits of Mind: Online coursework requires strong organizational and time management skills. Students must be independent, self-directed learners who are capable of staying on task while working remotely. Students must be committed to managing assignment due dates and asking for help when they need assistance. Students must access the classroom and check email regularly for communications from the teacher.

GED/Aspire Gmail Address: A student who is enrolled in the Aspire Distance Learning course must have access to all appropriate technology in order to be successful. Students must have access to a computer or Chromebook with a high-speed internet connection and a processor capable of downloading/uploading streaming video and large multimedia files. The computer must have a web browser, speakers, microphone, and webcam. At this time, smartphones and tablets are not able to be used because of the specific learning apps Aspire uses. A separate email account must be created that is specifically for school purposes. The email must be in this format: first name.last name year of birth If the email already exists add the month. Example: or

Sign up for a Gmail account

  1. Go to the Google Account creation page.

  2. Follow the steps on the screen to set up your account.

  3. Use the account you created to sign in to Gmail.

Ethics: Online students are expected to complete their own work at all times. If a student breaks this code of ethics, they may be removed from the classroom and hours will be lost.

Communication: Students must also check email regularly (at least every 3 days) for messages or updates from the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor should difficulties completing the coursework be experienced. All communication is to be done through the email created for distance learning. Teachers have different schedules, so responses won't usually be immediate, but you can expect a reply within 1-2 days.

Attendance: Students are expected to complete at least 8 hours of classwork each week or risk being removed from the class. Classwork includes IXL assignments, supplemental work assigned, and Google Meets with the instructor. Students are also expected to have a check-in meeting with the instructor via Google Meets at least once per month.

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