2. Independent learning offers flexibility.
VHS offers accountability in terms of the credits we can offer. It’s a rigorous program that we can trust, and that parents can trust. As an international school, for example, language options are important. We have students from 65 different countries and there’s no way we can teach 10 different languages, let alone 65. We know that we have kids who will be in China next year and they can get a jump start on Mandarin, or they might be Chinese and want to study their mother tongue. This flexibility is possible through VHS and it is done in a rigorous way that allows us to give students legitimate credit.

3. Online learning is differentiated.
At my previous school in Bucharest, we used online learning through VHS to help students who wanted to go into computer programming. We didn’t offer that course in school, but we could provide it online and let students work at their own pace. Students who were accelerating and really interested in the subject matter could move ahead quickly and not be held back just because they were in, say, grade 10. They can study at a much higher level and progress at an individualized pace through the online learning courses.

4. Online learning develops self-determined, motivated students.
To excel in online learning, students must become independent learners. They also need to be self-motivated and organized, both of which are key skills that universities and today’s job market demands. VHS teachers are highly qualified, readily available, and responsive, but the students must take the initiative to reach out with any questions or concerns. Online learning helps students become more independent and proactive in their learning, which provides students with a solid foundation for success.

How virtual learning helps students pursue their passions

5. Students can build strong global connections.
With students in 65 countries, we can enable strong global connections that have the potential to last a lifetime. Through our online learning platform, students work with students from other countries and build those bridges. This helps to broaden their horizon and expand their knowledge.

When encouraged to pursue their passions, students find ways of directing themselves and learning and gaining independence—all enabled by online learning. From there, it’s about preparing them for what’s coming ahead, whether it’s a diploma program, online classes, university, or the workforce.

About the Author:

Lorne Bird is secondary school principal at the International School of Dakar in Senegal.


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