In an online learning environment, children are graded based on assignment submissions, online quizzes and tests (timed and non-timed), and participation in online discussion boards or forums in response to teacher questions.
Online public schools, like the school K12, offer engaging online lessons in addition to traditional materials like textbooks, CDs, videos and art and science kits. The diverse mix of educational delivery methods is thought to accommodate several learning styles more effectively than can be achieved in a traditional classroom.
Children are typically assigned a homeroom teacher or learning coach who will assist the child and parents in planning an individualized curriculum that matches the child's strengths, interests and learning styles. The individual lessons are then completed and automatically updated online.
The child is graded in much the same way as in a traditional school. Assignments need to be completed and submitted online for grading, and quizzes and tests are also completed in the online platform.
The major difference between the online and traditional school is in the grading of participation. At a traditional school, children can freely interact with their classmates and teachers face-to-face. In an online school, children interact with teachers and classmates primarily through online discussion boards and forums. The teacher will submit a question, for example, and the student will have to respond. Phone calls and Skype calls can also be used, and on occasion, in-person field trips can be scheduled.