Poway Virtual Courses

PUSD Virtual Courses Learner Guidelines



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Welcome to Poway Virtual Courses 

This guide is designed to inform you about the basic requirements associated with taking an online course.

Successful online students are often

  • Independent learner
  • Able to manage time well
  • Computer proficient

User Expectations

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

STUDENT VOICE with Value Added: In order to create a community of learners, students will be expected to participate in discussion board forums. When replying to a posting by another student, instructor, or guest in the Discussion area of MyConnect, student replies MUST begin with the name of the person who posted the previous message.

It is imperative that the discussion forums reflect high order thinking - this is an academic environment.  Therefore, the use of IM’g or chat language is not appropriate, i.e., “LOL”, “OMG”, etc.

Response 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. 
Plagiarism or cheating is unacceptable under any circumstances.  Incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported to the site administration and handled according to Board policy.


Each course has a HelpDesk section in the discussion board forum area within your online course. The HelpDesk forum allows you to post a question directly to your instructor as well as to your peers. Please review the posted questions and replies before posting your question(s) or contacting the instructor about a problem. Instructor should respond to new posts within 24 hours.


The instructor periodically posts announcements in the online course shell within MyConnect 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 in the online course in order to obtain up to date feedback on assignments.

Technology Requirements

Online courses and web-supported courses do not require students to own computers or to have them in their homes. However, the student MUST have ready access to a computer to complete the course work. Poway schools have library and/or computer labs available for student use during designated hours; check your home school for availability.
Minimum requirements:

  • Access to a computer with word processing / presentation software and an Internet browser
  • A reliable Internet connection
  • A backup plan if your primary computer fails
  • Optional:  a microphone and speakers or combo headset
  • Browser Requirements

Customized Browsers
Customized Browsers may not work properly with MyConnect. If you use another internet service with a customized browser, you should install Netscape or Internet Explorer, minimize your browser after connection, and then use Netscape or Internet Explorer.

Additional Software
Your instructor may require use of additional software. If so, you may need one or all of these programs installed on your computer. View the download list to determine what you already have and what you might need. Your instructor should let you know in your course material and/or syllabus if you need to download a specific plug-in or viewer.

Communication Software

You will be expected to have or download the following:
  • Valid email account with appropriate email name (gmail / yahoo /  etc)
MyConnect Help: Call the PUSD Help Desk at 858-748-0010 x2684 or email lpthelp@powayusd.com.  Be sure to include a phone number and/or email if you leave a message regarding a problem you are having. The Help Desk can help with all technical aspects of the MyConnect environment such as posting, submitting assignments, accessing materials. They cannot answer questions about the assignment requirements. Be sure to use the Help Desk; they are very supportive of your success.

Parting Wisdom

Poway Unified Virtual School courses are not easy.  Although all students can be successful in an online course, it requires DISCIPLINE, TIME MANAGEMENT, and COMMITMENT to take responsibility for your learning.   Before signing up to take an online course you should investigate how you learn best and reflect how you will adjust your learning style in order to  take advantage of this online learning opportunity.

What is active learning? Active learning places the responsibility of organizing what is to be learned in the hands of the student. Learning is an active process involving situations which compel students to read, speak, listen, think deeply, write and CREATE.

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 ability, 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 Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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