We have compiled a list of Frequently Answered Questions (FAQ) about online learning and our program at NACOHS.
What is an online course?
An online course is a course in which learning and student participation takes place over the Internet. Through an online platform called Canvas, students connect to an environment that includes weekly lessons and assignments, as well as discussion boards and optional video meetings so students can interact with each other and with the instructor.
How does online learning work?
Online learning is a mode of taking courses on the internet towards the award of a diploma. Online learning courses follow the same academic calendar as a traditional campus-based courses. The teacher and students may meet together in a virtual classroom where students could hear and ask teacher questions. There is a whiteboard and opportunities for interaction between teacher and students. Teacher may give homework and ask students to submit by a certain date either by email or a defined place on the website. On the whole, online learning adheres to a rigorous calendar, student learning outcomes and required competencies for completion. You may read this link for more information.
What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?
i. Synchronous e-learning involves online studies through chat, videoconferencing, etc. This kind of learning tool is real-time. It is like a virtual classroom which allows students to ask questions, and teachers/instructors answer questions instantly, through instant messaging, which is why it is called synchronous.
ii. Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people. This method gives the student a time limit to submit assignments to the teacher/instructor on a date and time.
Is NACOHS accredited?
Like most new high schools, colleges and universities, accreditation does not begin with the start of school/classes. Accreditation goes through the course of time. During the period, the entire set up and operation of the school goes through the academic radar of supervising agencies and accrediting bodies to determine whether the offering and the overall operation of the school measures up to the standards set by the agencies/bodies for schools. This is where NACOHS stands now. So we expect accreditation to be offered in the course of time. Meanwhile, NACOHS is seeking for articulation agreements with some accredited high schools to serve the interest of students who may need transcripts earlier than NACOHS' accreditation.
How much does it cost to attend NACOHS?
NACOHS lives by its motto of "leveling the playing field for all" to prove that quality education should be available and affordable to all students everywhere. On this note, fees are not fixed but depend on such factors as location of student, parents/sponsors financial status and the type of extra-curricular program in the school. Please, click here to read the details on fees!
Will I receive face to face support?
Yes and this will clearly be stated and made known to every student who their academic counselors or online support assistants are.
How will I log into my courses?
This will be clearly stated and explained further to all students so they will use their username which may be a unique name the student will select or by the student's email address and a chosen or computer generated password to enable the student log into the courses available.
Who are my instructors?
The instructors are the same teachers who teach the traditional courses on campus based programs. qualified teachers who may have at least a bachelor's degree but most of them have their masters' degrees in the subject areas. They may be based in countries beyond the student's own country but are knowledgeable in online teaching.
How will I be graded?
Like in the traditional brick and mortar classrooms, students are graded by their teachers according to their grading/marking scheme and returned to the student after the grading. Read more about grading, examinations and more here!
How do I get extra help if I need it?
Students will get extra help from either the teachers who teach them or other academic coaches who are knowledgeable in the subject and topics being taught.
Are there scholarships and financial aid available?
Our unique academic and extracurricular programs may provide extra sources of financial assistance to enable students pay their fees without much hassle.
What happens after I complete the online high school?
Students who complete the online high school would be awarded the American high school diploma which qualifies you to apply to any university overseas or in Ghana.
These questions, and more, may be on your mind. If you still have additional questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you soon!