Frequently Asked Questions
What districts participate in the Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program?
By law, all school districts in the state of Oklahoma are participants in the program.
Is my child eligible to take online courses through our district?
Yes. Students may not be denied the opportunity to enroll in educationally appropriate online courses. Check with your school counselor or principal or contact our office for more information.
Do online courses meet state academic standards?
All courses certified by the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board have undergone a review by educators to ensure alignment with state standards.
Will online courses address my child’s Individualized Education Program?
Online course providers coordinate with districts regarding students’ IEP guidelines. The local school district retains the responsibility to provide for students’ special needs.
If I take courses online, can I still participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes. Students who participate in the OSOCP are still considered full-time students in the district and may participate fully in fine arts, sports or any other extracurricular activity.
Do students taking courses online still have to take state tests?
Yes. Students must participate in the Oklahoma School Testing Program.
We do not have a computer at home. Will the school provide one to us?
Students participating in online courses from a remote site will be responsible for providing their own equipment and Internet access unless the district chooses to provide equipment.
What is the difference between an Instructor Embedded course and a Content Only course?
Instructor Embedded courses are taught by a certified teacher who serves officially as the teacher-of-record and regularly interacts with the student. The responsibilities of an online instructor mirror those of a traditional teacher—they deliver instruction, assign and grade homework, answer questions and provide feedback on students’ work.
Content Only courses offer instruction in an automated way. Students are led through a variety of learning experiences (i.e. video presentations, interactive educational games) with assignments and tests generated and graded through computer software. Content Only courses do not include an instructor for students to contact with questions. When students are enrolled in a Content Only course, the school provides a course liaison that monitors student progress in the course.
What online courses are available through the OSOCP?
The OSOCP includes courses in all subject areas across all grade levels. Districts may use any online course provider whose materials meet the needs of the students they serve. The Oklahoma Online Course Catalog contains a list of courses by state-approved vendors. Additional courses may be added to the OOCC each summer.
Why are some courses in the OOCC “state-certified” while others are not?
Course providers who have been granted a state contract submit basic course information for inclusion in the OOCC. Once a course is submitted to the catalog, it is scheduled for course review according to the timeline adopted by the SVCSB. Newly submitted courses that have not yet been reviewed are noted in the OOCC as “pending certification.” Once the course review is complete, results of the evaluation are presented to the SVCSB who considers the evidence and votes whether to certify or not certify the course. Courses they vote to certify have their designation changed from “pending certification” to “state-certified.” If the SVCSB votes to not certify a course, the course is removed from the OOCC.
How are courses in the OOCC evaluated?
Course reviews are conducted by content experts and pedagogical experts selected by the SVCSB. Each course is evaluated by at least two course reviewers who evaluate the course to determine how well aligned it is to the current academic standards approved by the State of Oklahoma (or nationally/internationally accepted content standards set for courses whose content is not included in state standards). Additionally, course reviewers examine each course to determine the presence of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Standards for Quality Online Courses. The evaluation criteria and aggregate score earned for each criterion can be accessed by clicking on review score in the OOCC. Advanced Placement courses undergo rigorous review by the College Board. No other course evaluation is done on AP courses. If a course is authorized by the College Board as an AP course, it is automatically listed as “state-certified” in the OOCC.
How do I become a course reviewer?
If you are an educator with expertise in one or more subject areas and would like to serve as a course reviewer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if online learning is right for me or my child?
There are factors that may impact a student’s successful performance in an online setting. You may wish to review the Online Learner Readiness Rubric, published by Michigan Virtual University. Additionally, you may want to experience the Online Learning Orientation Tool also developed by MVU. This self-paced module acquaints students with common elements of online learning.
What does an online course look like?
Edgenuity, one of the state approved course providers, has a student experience demo.You can access that video here.
For additional information about Oklahoma’s Supplemental Online Courses, contact Dr. Lisa Daniels via phone (405-522-0465) or e-mail (email@example.com).