Online Learning

Online Learning Vocabulary

Approved Online Provider: Online learning provider is a school district, an intermediate school district, an organization of two or more school districts operating under a joint powers agreement, or a charter school located in Minnesota that provides online learning to students and is approved by the department to provide online learning courses.

Advanced Placement: Advanced Placement (AP) is a College Board program that offers Minnesota high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and earn college credit while in high school.

Blended Learning: A form of digital learning that occurs when: a student learns part time in a supervised physical setting and part time through digital delivery of instruction; or a student learns in a supervised physical setting where technology is used as a primary method to deliver instruction.

Comprehensive Online Provider: May provide and deliver online public education at any or all of the department approved elementary, middle, or high school levels.

Credit recovery: The most common definition is simply “a structured means for students to earn missed credit in order to graduate.” Credit recovery lets letting those who lack credits make them up by means other than retaking a class or attending traditional summer school.

Digital Learning: "Digital learning" is learning facilitated by technology that offers students an element of control over the time, place, path, or pace of their learning.

General Education: Integrated learning experiences structured across subject disciplines to provide the set of skills and knowledge needed to function in society ( website).

Electives: Courses from which students may select on the basis of personal preference (

Full time Online Provider: An enrolling school authorized by the department to deliver comprehensive public education at any or all of the elementary, middle, or high school levels.

Online Learning: A form of digital learning delivered by a department approved online learning provider under paragraph

Online Course Syllabus: A written document that an online learning provider transmits to the enrolling district using a format prescribed by the commissioner to identify the state academic standards embedded in an online course, the course content outline, required course assessments, expectations for actual teacher contact time and other student-to-teacher communications, and the academic support available to the online learning student.

Online Student: Student is a Minnesota resident enrolled in a school under section 120A.22, subdivision 4, in kindergarten through grade 12. An online learning student is a student enrolled in an online learning course or program delivered by a department approved online provider.

Supplemental Online Provider: May deliver online courses from approved providers that can be taken in place of a course period during the regular school day at a local district school.