Poway Virtual Courses

Poway Virtual Courses Learner Guidelines

This guide is designed to inform studentss of the basic requirements associated with taking an online course. Before registering for an online course, students should reflect on their learning style when reviewing the learner guidelines below.


  • Independent learners with discipline.
  • Commited and take responsbility for their learning.
  • Able to manage time well.
  • Computer proficient.


PARTICIPATION:  To be successful in an online course, students will need to access online content at least every two days and/or spend 8-10 hours a week on posted content.  It is expected that all students will have an active presence in the online community. Students need to organize their week for consistent participation.  PUSD online courses are developed with the intent that students will need to spend 80 hours total in order to complete a course.

STUDENT VOICE with Value Added: In order to create a community of learners, students will be expected to participate in discussion board forums. It is imperative that the discussion forums reflect high order thinking and maintain language expectations for an academic environment.

Responses MUST address one of the following:
  • Give an example of what the prior post described;
  • Provide a different perspective of the topic posted;
  • Expand upon the idea posted in the message by including more detail and depth.
The instructor will provide feedback in the first few modules to support understanding of this concept.


Students will be expected to adhere to standards of academic honesty and integrity, as outlined in the Student Academic Honesty Policy.  All written work and oral presentation assignments must be original work and adhere to MLA format guidelines. 
Students are responsible for honest completion of their work including examinations.  There will be no tolerance for infractions.  If you believe there has been an infraction by someone in the class, please bring it to the instructor’s attention immediately.  The instructor reserves the right to discipline any student for academic dishonesty in accordance with the general rules and regulations of the Poway Unified School board policy and California Educational Code. Incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported to the site administration and handled according to Board policy.


Each online course has a HelpDesk discussion board forum within Canvas for students to post questions. Please review the posted questions and replies before posting your question(s) or contacting the instructor about a problem. Instructors should respond to new posts within 24 hours.


The instructor will periodically posts announcements in the online Canvas course to update students with important information, communication about assignments, and reminders about dates or tasks. These announcements should appear when you login to the online course.


Each teacher will define specific grading/assessment criteria in the course syllabus.  It is the student’s responsibility to consistently check the grade book.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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