Student member activities
Students who are active members at Scholars Online will have access to the public Moodle area, where they can:
- take orientation courses in the use of the Moodle
- enter profile information and maintain their email addresses and other contact information
- review the Scholars Online calendars for member events
- enter privately-accessible personal appointments and deadlines whether related to Scholars Online or not
- take part in the public bulletin board topics set aside for student use
- use the internal Moodle messaging system to contact teachers and fellow students
- gain access to their own academic records to review their performance in each course, and after course completion, create personal transcripts
- request formal transcript transmission to other educational institutions
- take part in local reunions
Access to enrolled student benefits
Students who are enrolled in individual courses will be issued a password to log into each secured course area, where (depending on teacher configuration for the course) they can:
- take part in the course bulletin board topics with other class members and their teachers
- access their course calendar for assignments
- participate in current chat sessions
- review logs for past sessions from any browser at any time
- gain access to their own course grades for homework and quiz performance
- take part in teacher-assigned group activities
Scholars Online is in some ways like a school, and in other ways not like a school very much at all. It presupposes a good deal of real commitment from you, the student, as well as from teachers and parents. If this is something you really want to do, you can get a good deal out of it. But it will require a commensurate amount of hard work and dedication.
We expect all students to be involved in the following ways:
- Maintain civility at all times. Observe the standards of behavior and decorum outlined in the terms of service. We will not tolerate any obscene or blasphemous language; we will furthermore not tolerate derision or insulting language directed at anyone.
- Prepare the assigned material. Expect it to take time and give it that time. Though our classes may meet only once a week, they are designed to cover at least as much material as a high school class that may meet daily for an hour a day -- usually more. If you were attending such a class in a good prep school, you'd spend an hour a day on the material in class, and another half hour to an hour outside class doing homework. In other words, you would be spending about an hour and a half to two hours on the material per day. For our purposes here, count on spending (except on the day of the class) an hour and a half to two hours on your own. Sometimes, if it's a subject that comes easily to you, it will not take that long, but it is not an unreasonable amount of work -- if you get used to it now, you'll be able to handle college more successfully.
- Attend the class. There's always something else to do, and it's tempting to think that you can let it slide just this once...and then again...and so on. You can't expect to get much from a class you don't attend. Different teachers may have different policies about attendance, but no matter what their policies are, your learning will materially suffer if you don't go.
- Participate in class while you are there. Merely watching the discussion float by may seem easy, but it doesn't really allow you to get your hooks into the material. Engage with it, wrestle with it along with us, and ask questions. You'll find that you know the material much better than you would have thought possible. If you're unwilling to do this, consider whether this is the right environment for you to be studying.
- Communicate with us. We can only help you with things we know about. If you're having a problem but don't let us know, we can't do a thing about it. We're here to help.
Scholars Online is currently engaged in accreditation evaluation by MSA-CESS for the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses taken from Fall 2009 - Spring 2017 were fully accredited by AdvancED and NWAC. For more information on accreditation, see our Scholars Online Accreditation page.