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Our Owatonna Online program will utilize ISD761 teachers and curriculum aligned to Minnesota Academic Standards. Participation in the Owatonna Online program allows students to experience many of the same curriculum opportunities with the ability to connect with teachers live using Google Meets.

Owatonna Online courses are different from the 100% Distance Learning option offered last school year. Owatonna Online courses are uniquely designed just for those learners who are enrolled in the online program. This format allows instructors to provide more personalized instruction and better support learners. The Owatonna Online program personalizes the learning process and provides an alternative to the traditional classroom model.

Is Online Learning Right for You?

Being an online learner means you have the flexibility to complete coursework anywhere and at your own pace. This also requires you to manage your own time and make sure you are completing assignments. The most common reason why students do not do well in an online course is because they do not develop a plan for successful time management and task completion. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if choosing to become an online learner.

Owatonna Online Middle School creates an online learning environment that:

DELIVERS A PERSONALIZED LEARNING APPROACH

  • Individualized student learning through the use of digital curriculum and personalized instructor support.

  • High-quality curriculum aligned to Minnesota academic standards.

PROVIDES A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

  • Access to curriculum 24:7 

  • Flexibility in their personal and academic schedules.

  • Ability to connect with teachers during online office hours.

  • Access to in-person support that can be scheduled with the online teacher.

OFFERS INSTRUCTIONAL and TECHNICAL SUPPORT

  • Instructors are licensed ISD 761  teachers and have received specialized training to assess and communicate effectively in an online environment. 

  • Google Meets will be utilized for personalized questions or small group help sessions. 

  • All students receive a Chromebook with access to ISD 761 Technology and Innovation Team Support.

Owatonna Online Middle School also offers:

Learning Coach

Support at home is critical to the success of middle school students in an online setting. Middle school students are encouraged to have a responsible adult to act as a learning coach in the student’s home. The learning coach will help monitor student progress and assist when necessary.

Communication Expectations

Due to the nature of online education, communication is critical to the learning environment. Students are expected to respond to all staff communications with 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. Students may also be expected to attend live, online support sessions with teachers and other support staff.  Students should contact their teacher if they need help in a class.