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How Online School Works

Learn more about how students go to school in a dynamic, robust online environment.

Students at GWUOHS go to school online using our robust learning management system that hosts online courses and course management tools for students, teachers, and parents. Students use the learning management system to:

  • Access their courses
  • Take assessments
  • Review grades
  • Manage their course schedule
  • Interact with peers in online community

This platform provides them with a single place to access any information related to their academic life at GWUOHS.

How Class Sessions Work

All GWUOHS classes are conducted using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous (or "real time") components—the combinations may vary based on the course.

Courses contain asynchronous reading, activities, assessments, and videos, as well as synchronous “live” sessions conducted by the teacher at predefined times. Many of these sessions are recorded so that students can “attend” if they miss a session, or review all or part again, if needed.

Central to these synchronous sessions is the online classroom software our teachers use, which includes a whiteboard for live online instruction, multi-student discussion and collaboration, and space for instructional slides, as well as file and video sharing. This technology enables teachers and students to conduct a live virtual discussion as if they were in a physical classroom.

Our faculty members also use this online classroom for office hours, tutorials, one-on-one sessions, as well as for parent-teacher conferences.

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