Jackie Loebach focuses on Marketing and User Experience at Virtual High School. Having spoken to and received feedback from many students, she advocates the benefits of digital learning by saying, “students are better prepared for post-secondary because they have to manage their own time, their own education.” Since students have greater control over the where and when of their learning experience, such as setting their own pace and their own deadlines, students are learning to be independent and self-reliant. Beyond the basics of the curriculum, students are developing skills that will enable them to navigate more easily to post-secondary education, to enter the workforce, and to become thriving members within their community.
Getting students onboard is an easy process for both them and administrators. Incoming students are required to take a content release quiz after reading an introduction about the school. Here, they are introduced to onboarding, procedures, how VHS handles deadlines, contact info, etc. Through the K12 LMS, applicants can attempt the quiz as many times as they need. Once passed, the rest of the course content is released. Having this process automated allows students more control over when and where they complete the first steps. At the same time, administrators are less burdened with the time-consuming work associated with onboarding. Instead, they can devote more personalized support to students requiring specific help.