Online classes offer students more options, flexibility

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Local students will be able to continue learning, even after school lets out for the summer. The Center Grove Community School Corporation is offering a growing range of online classes. The online program started last summer, giving students another way to complete their required credits and electives.

The courses are offered during the school year and over summer break. Some topics like zoology are only available online, others like earth science are available to students online or in a traditional classroom. The school district loans students iPads to complete the work.

Educators believe the online classes help promote an independent style of learning and better prepare students for college. The homework tends to be more project-based, requiring critical thinking skills.

“We allow them to interact with content in new and different ways and also the way that they interact with their teacher and different students. We’re starting to see a big shift in the way that colleges are offering courses to students and also in the modern workplace you know it’s looking a lot different than it has in the past,” said Joanna Ray, director of online learning.

Sophomore Kelly Garrison was one of the first students to enroll in the online program. She completed a health course over the summer, which helped free up her schedule for other classes during the school year.

“So I’m always telling students, you know, take an online class, it’s something new, it’s something you can try, it’s something you can say you’ve done and it’s also something you can take with you to college as an experience,” said Kelly Garrison, a sophomore at Center Grove.

The Center Grove Global Campus is available to all students, no matter their school district. Registration for summer courses is open until Thursday, May 15. More information is available through Center Grove’s website.

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