Guide to Online Learning: Summer 2022

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Summer Enrichment Opportunities



GUIDE TO ONLINE LEARNING Online learning is here to stay. COVID-19 made it a necessity, but even as students and teachers go back into the classroom this year, online learning is proving to be an incredible and enriching opportunity for development, education and growth. Where you live no longer determines the opportunities available to you, and with opportunities that take place in the summer as well as during the school year, online learning has really leveled the playing field when it comes to access to exciting educational experiences. We’ve put together this guide to share just a few of these options


with you. Choices range from one-on-one classes at your own pace to multi-week programs where students from all over the world can work on projects together. Not finding what you’re looking for? Then

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ust like in the classroom, a student's experience in an online learning environment can vary drastically depending on their preferred learning style. But whether a student is online for the full school year, taking a few extra classes over Zoom, or receiving online tutoring, all online learning environments should be developed with the understanding that, even if everyone is in front of their computer, different learning styles still exist in the online learning space. Put simply: different students will respond to different modes of teaching, and understanding this is the only way to enable satisfying learning outcomes for all those involved.


It's no secret that students learn differently from one another. Some kids read a lot, while others may fall off to sleep as soon as they open a novel. And in the world of books, the only option used to be to read it or not to read it. Now however, books or similar narratives are available in the form of audio recordings, movies, games and more. In the same way, the world of online learning, vastly expanded these last two years by the effects of the pandemic, offers dozens of new ways for students to learn. The way of learning that existed before the pandemic is turning more and more obsolete every day, and there is no going back to a 100% in-person learning environment from here.

But while a balance between offline and online learning is often discussed in this new normal, what also needs attention is the balance between various learning styles in online education models. While almost all online learning can still be broken down into four primary categories (visual, auditory, reading and kinesthetic), the opportunities that online learning and online tutoring environments offer are new, exciting and wide-reaching. Whether you're online or not, everyone deserves to learn in a style that suits them best and helps them absorb better, and understanding the type of learner you are will help students in school and beyond.

HOW HAS ONLINE EDUCATION CHANGED LEARNING STYLES? The VARK framework of learning styles was first identified by professor Neil Fleming in 1987, and, since then, educators all around the world have been helping students find out which of the styles (visual, auditory, reading or kinesthetic) works best for them. Of course, no student should learn through just one method, but identifying which learning styles work for you and which ones don't can be critical in achieving the education outcomes you're looking for. Let's look at how each of the four different learning styles is reshaped in the online learning space:

VISUAL If you learn most comfortably by watching, your learning style is visual. When learning goes online, a visual learner can benefit from a significant increase in the use of visual features. Tools like digital whiteboards and recorded lectures are some of the best aspects of online education for these learners.

AUDITORY Some people learn best through listening. We all know of friends who may get bored at the sight of a video but will remain glued to content delivered with good audio quality or provided as a podcast. In an online learning environment, auditory students are likely to enjoy oneon-one discussions where they ask their questions and have them addressed directly. Auditory learners will also likely benefit from recorded lectures, as they can focus on a teacher or professor's words without having to keep their eyes on the speaker.

READING For better or worse, this is the primary mode of learning in much of the education world. Traditional pedagogy was based on learning by reading and writing, and many schools today still focus the bulk of their curriculum on reading comprehension and writing assignments. And though many students tend not to be good readers and must supplement their learning elsewhere, a large section still do love reading and learn through this method best. In an online learning environment, a student who prefers reading will not experience much of a shift. Handouts and reading materials are still the best options for these students, though in an online learning environment they can be delivered quickly and efficiently though the internet.

KINESTHETIC The final learning method is learning by doing, in what is called kinesthetic learning. In the offline world, before the pandemic, it was often thought that we needed to go to a school or extracurricular location to learn by doing. But to the delight of students whose learning style is kinesthetic, many online environments offer a wide range of kinesthetic learning options that can guide one on how to ensure excellent learning outcomes through several tactile methods. These include artistic projects and solving real-life problems by scenario and role-play-based learning.

IN CONCLUSION . . . Understanding how your student learns can be critical in making sure they receive the education they need. To achieve the preferred learning outcomes, identifying whether you're a visual, auditory, reading or kinesthetic learner can be vital. And while many schools and educators have understood this for decades, the online learning environments brought about by the pandemic offer a number of new and exciting learning opportunities for learners of all different styles. Understanding your preferred learning styles and forming a study plan based on the right mix can forever change the way study, learn and view education at large. ONLINE LEARNING SUMMER 2022

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he debate over the benefits and limitations of online vs in-person learning has raged for decades. Past research has found that online learning can be just as effective as traditional classroom learning. Still, for some students, online classes are the last resort. For others, online learning offers exactly the type of flexible and self-guided learning they prefer. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual classes became the norm for many students. Whatever side of the online vs offline learning debate you land on, the reality is that many of the skills and tools that help students succeed in face-to-face classes are equally useful online. 6 | ONLINE LEARNING SUMMER 2022

With discipline and preparation, even the most anti-online students can develop a learning process that is key to successfully learning online. Here are three key tips to make learning online a rewarding and engaging experience. With practice, you might even find that you prefer it to in-person learning!

1. SET ATTAINABLE GOALS This might seem obvious but without the structure of in-person classes, it can be easy to let assignments and studying from online classes pile up. Setting clear, attainable goals before and during a course is absolutely vital to succeed when learning

online (and in general). Start each online course knowing what you want to get out of it--and what you need to invest in it: » What do you need to learn from this class? » What is this class preparing you for? » How do you hope to perform in this class? » What is your plan if you fall behind? In addition to your learning and performance goals, throughout the course you should be setting measurable goals, such as “I will review course texts for X hours this week” or “I will come to class with 2 questions for the instructor.” And, importantly, you have to hold yourself accountable for meeting your goals. Use of a calendar or projectmanaging application can help keep you on track. Make sure to write things down and don’t rely too heavily on technology. Keep frustrations and emotional reasoning in check. It’s normal. After all, education technology can hinder learning without appropriate limitations. Similarly, try to limit distractions like cell phones especially for children, and social media which is similarly intrusive. Students with individual education plans might have specific needs that are difficult to accommodate in online classrooms. Fortunately, the rapid increase in distance learning in the Spring semester corresponded with increased recognition of the need for virtual special accommodations.

2. MAKE LEARNING ACTIVE Online learning might seem unengaging at times because we often think of it as staring at a screen while someone talks at us. Studies show that passive learning like listening to long lectures doesn’t have as positive an effect on learning as active learning techniques like quizzes and simulations. This holds true whether you’re face-to-face or online. Fortunately, many online learning spaces are interactive and offer opportunities for students to participate and learn actively. Whether your online classroom is an active or passive learning space, you can also use these and other active learning strategies like retrieval practice to help keep yourself actively engaged and learning:

» Take time to think about how you think. Engaging in this type of metacognition improves learning. » Participate in all class activities and ask questions. » Use elaboration, or self-explaining, techniques to better understand new ideas and connect them to other concepts. » Write summaries of concepts and lessons. Writing to learn is a highly effective learning strategy. » Draw concept maps or flow charts to visualize what you’re learning.

3. MAKE LEARNING SOCIAL Possibly the biggest difference between learning online and in a traditional classroom is the social aspect. Not surprisingly, socialization is an important component of learning. Previous studies have found that students have better outcomes in online courses that offer a social component and, in fact, blended online/in-person learning was found to have the most positive student outcome, when compared to in-person learning. When it comes to online learning, remember that you’re not in it alone. Millions of students are taking online classes this semester, many for the first time. There are many ways to connect to other students and improve the social aspects of online learning, including: » Keep the camera on during class. It’s much easier to be social when you can see your instructor and classmates’ faces and they can see yours. » Use the tools like groups that are available on the learning platform to interact with other students, the instructors, and teaching assistants. » Make your learning experience social by sharing it with others. Social commitments are particularly useful. So for instance announce on social media that you’re going to take a French class or that you plan to get a data science certificate. » Consider using online tutors. Virtual tutoring is a great way to meet learning goals while also maintaining the social aspects of in-person learning and meeting the needs of diverse learners. ONLINE LEARNING SUMMER 2022

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By ALASTAIR FISCHER World Scholars Academy

Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? After twelve months of hearing the terms ‘inflation’, ‘volatility’ and ‘federal financial assistance’ in a COVID plagued 2020, I began to take a real interest in business and economics. I was also interested in understanding where studying economics and business could take you in terms of career opportunities. I had so many unanswered questions and I thought a summer program would help me find the answers I was looking for. I wanted to explore my passion for the broad area of business with like-minded individuals and learn about the concepts and fundamentals of the subject from an expert in the field. How did you decide which program was right for you? By researching intensive online pre-college introductory business programs and through reading and listening to student testimonials I discovered the WSA Business Academy program. I chose to participate in this specific program because its curriculum incorporated all the core elements I wanted to learn whilst also being set in a collaborative discussion-based environment online with an excellent instructor with experience in the field. What was a typical day in your summer program? A typical day would begin by the group discussing the assigned material from the previous lesson with some challenging conversations and insights from our instructor, Dr Dericks. Then we would move onto learning about an assigned fundamental business concept for the day’s program. Many of these concepts, such as microeconomic price theory and game-theory were concepts that were relatively 8 | ONLINE LEARNING SUMMER 2022

new to the whole group. Dr Dericks would present a thorough and in-depth presentation, supported by real-life business case studies and lively peer discussions to make the concept relevant and understandable. Then we were assigned take-home assignments to reinforce the key learnings from the day. I was amazed that I was able to learn countless complicated business concepts in only two weeks with the help of my instructor and peers. What was the most memorable moment of your summer? My most memorable moment of the program was when we learnt about competitive strategy and Porter’s Five Forces and then utilised these skills in an entrepreneurial challenge. In a Shark Tank like environment, in pairs, we created a product with a scalability and exit goal. We then presented our product to our peer group for feedback and discussion. This exercise was engaging and allowed us to be innovative and put the theory we had learnt into practice. Overall it was both a fun and rewarding experience that has cemented my desire to pursue further study and a career in business. What advice do you have for teens looking at summer programs? Summer programs are a great investment in your future. I would say make sure that you look at programs that specialise in areas you are genuinely curious and passionate. You should do extensive research to ensure that the program’s curriculum is the right one for you and ticks all of your boxes. Make sure that the program will teach you new skills or concepts so that you would have used the opportunity of time to have grown and developed over the holidays.

ONLINE PROGRAMS AS YOU LIKE IT: SUMMER COURSES FROM RUSSELL EDUCATION Enrichment, Tutoring & Test Prep Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG One Week, Two Weeks, Three Weeks $500

BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE: SUMMER ACADEMY STEM, Arts 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th One Month $1,500

As You Like It summer courses give your child a chance to explore an area of passion or academic need in short, concentrated form with live one-on-one or small-group instruction and conversation. Based on your child’s interest, we will develop a 3-8 session course that takes 1-2 weeks to complete. Scheduling is highly flexible in order to accommodate your child’s summer travel and activities. Name your topic--our experienced teachers can probably cover it! Learn More »

The BAC's Summer Academy is designed for high school students who are curious about starting a career in architecture, interior design, landscape design, and so much more. No previous design experience is necessary. Our Early College Program helps students launch a future in studying design with leading professionals and peers from around the globe. The BAC's Summer Academy will be offered in two separate formats: an on-site experience, and a synchronous virtual experience. Students around the globe are welcome! Learn More » ONLINE LEARNING SUMMER 2022

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Online Programs

BOSTON LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: STEM SUMMER PROGRAMS STEM 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th One Week, Two Weeks, Three Weeks $599 to $3,997

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY: PRECOLLEGE ONLINE PROGRAM Academic 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks & Four Weeks $995

CASE WESTERN RESERVE PRE-COLLEGE ONLINE PROGRAM Academic 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks & Four Weeks $995

The Boston Leadership Institute is an award-winning summer STEM program for teens. Three-week competitive admissions research programs for high achieving students provide valuable credentials for college applications. One-week programs allow students to explore various hot topics in STEM. Programs are offered in Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Business. Programs include Surgical Research, Electronics & Robotics, Finance, Marine Biology, Forensics, Psychiatry, and much more. Online programs and also offer day and residential program locations in Waltham, Wellesley, and Boston. Learn More »

Brandeis University’s Precollege Online Program offers courses designed for high school students ages 13 and up. Each course features engaging videos by renowned Brandeis faculty and access to mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format lets you study anywhere, anytime at your own pace. Explore your passion for subjects like civil litigation, global health, women’s health, as well as climate change. Learn More »

Case Western Reserve University offers a pre-college program featuring online courses from computer science and engineering to neuroscience, astrophysics, and social entrepreneurship. Determine if your passions could lead to a college major or a future career. Our online courses are: developed for students ages 13 and older; designed by CWRU instructors who are experts in their fields; supported by mentors who enrich your experience; and delivered through dynamic videos allowing you to learn at your own pace. Learn More »

COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL’S ENRICHMENT PROGRAM Academic 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Varies Throughout the Year $1,495


Columbia Business School is among the top ten institutions for those who aspire to a career in business. Our enrichment program is designed for people looking to build their skills, whether they are pursuing a degree or on an existing career path. Learn from Ivy League faculty, hear from notable experts renowned in their respective fields, and receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School. All courses are 100% online and offer support from mentors to enrich your experience. Learn More »

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DWIGHT GLOBAL ONLINE SUMMER SCHOOL Academic 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th June to September $3000 per class

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY PRE-COLLEGE ONLINE PROGRAM Academic 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Varies Throughout the Year $1,495

Do you want to continue learning this summer? Dwight Global's summer classes for grades 7-12 are rigorous, full-credit courses. With a curriculum designed to engage and foster critical thinking, students learn from teachers who are both committed to supporting students’ academic success and readily accessible. To accommodate summer schedules, all courses are asynchronous with weekly deadlines. At Dwight Global, you can supplement your transcript or pursue credit recovery. Learn More »

At Georgetown, we believe that you're more than a mind. You're an individual with unique talents, dreams, and passions and you deserve the opportunity to develop and refine what makes you you. We now offer pre-college online courses for high school students ages 13 and older to explore subjects in-depth before college. Each course features dynamic video lessons by renowned Georgetown faculty and access to mentors. The online format enables you to study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace. Learn More »


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Online Programs

iD TECH: ONLINE CAMPS & CLASSES Enrichment, STEM 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Varies Varies


When learning is fun, concepts stick. That's why over 1 million parents have chosen iD Tech, the only STEM educator with 23 years of legendary camp culture. Online Camps & Classes: Live, online learning powered by top universities and tech leaders. Kids and teens can earn a tech certification or transcript after each program. Online Private Lessons: Led by our 1-on-1 instructors, kids will fill learning gaps, explore topics not covered in school, and advance with custom curriculum. Learn More »

Parsons Academy brings together creative high school juniors and seniors for immersive online study in subjects such as fashion, graphic design, illustration, photography, and animation. Students ages 16-18 have the opportunity to learn under the direction of distinguished Parsons faculty, earn college credit, and curate a portfolio for application into universities. See where a summer with Parsons can lead. Enroll today. Learn More »

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Three Weeks $3,950

PARSONS PARIS ONLINE COURSES fashionanddesign. Arts 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Varies Throughout the Year $1,195

ROCHESTER PRE-COLLEGE ONLINE PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS rochesteronline.precollege Academic 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks & Four Weeks $995


Parsons Paris offers online courses designed for those curious about a future in fashion. Explore subjects like fashion business, fashion design, sustainable fashion, and building a fashion brand. This is a great way to determine if your passions could become a future career. All of our online courses are designed by fashion experts and you’ll even receive guidance from a mentor, enriching your learning experience. Learn More »

The University of Rochester’s Pre-College Online Program is a great way to determine if your passions could lead to a college major or a future career. We offer courses in medicine, biomedical engineering, video game design, and more. Our online courses are developed for students ages 13 and older; designed by Rochester faculty who are experts in their respective fields; supported by mentors to enrich your learning experience; and delivered through dynamic videos allowing you to learn at your own pace. Learn More »

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UC SAN DIEGO ACADEMIC CONNECTIONS Academic, STEM 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Varies Varies

UC SAN DIEGO: SALLY RIDE SCIENCE JUNIOR ACADEMY STEM 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Four Consecutive One-Week Sessions $175/session

VIRTUAL WALL STREET SUMMER BOOT CAMP Business & Entrepreneurship, STEM 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th One Week, Two Weeks, Three Weeks, Four Weeks +$350

UC San Diego Academic Connections provides a pre-college summer experience that is academically enriching for high-achieving, college-bound high school students motivated to explore the offerings of UC San Diego – a top five, internationally ranked public institution. Students are exposed to some of the most exciting fields of study in the physical and social sciences, engineering, and arts and humanities. Courses place emphasis on active learning and putting knowledge to use in independent and creative ways. Learn More »

The Sally Ride Science Academy offers fascinating and fun STEAM workshops for students entering grades 3 through 12. Our online workshops let students investigate coding, acting, space science, marine biology and more, as they immerse themselves in handson projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field inspiring students and making STEAM careers more accessible. Best yet, students also earn 1.5 pre-college credits for each workshop. Learn More »

Teach Me Wall Street offers online summer programs that lay down the groundwork for students interested in STEM careers in the Financial Services industry. Trading, Investing and Cryptocurrencies are just a few of the topics covered in LIVE interactive sessions with Wall Street professionals. Students learn valuable skills and develop interests and insight about career options such as Quantitative Analysis, Data Science, Machine Learning, etc. Peer-to-peer engagement and challenging hands-on activities makes online learning fun. Learn More »

TUFTS UNIVERSITY PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS Academic 10th, 11th, 12th Varies Varies

Tufts Pre-College Programs offer ambitious high schoolers the opportunity to learn from renowned faculty and experience a rigorous academic environment at a leading higher education institution. Students can dive into programs in STEM, the arts, business and international relations, or social impact. No matter the interest, we having something for every student. Applications are closing soon - don't miss your chance to spend your summer with Tufts! Learn More »


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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY PRECOLLEGE PROGRAMS Academic 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks & Four Weeks $995

WESTMINSTER INTERACTIVE SUMMER EXPERIENCE (WISE) wise-summer-program Academic, Enrichment 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks $900

WORLD SCHOLARS ACADEMY | ELITE SUMMER COURSES Academic, Career Exploration 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks $2,495

WORLD SCHOLARS ACADEMY | MEDICINE SUMMER COURSES STEM, Career Exploration 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Two Weeks $2,495

The Wake Forest Online Immersion Program for high school students provides the opportunity to explore your interests before college. We offer engaging courses in the fields of medicine, business, finance, and more. Our online courses are: developed for students ages 13 and older; designed by Wake Forest University faculty who are experts in their respective fields; supported by mentors who enrich your learning experience; and delivered through dynamic videos allowing you to learn at your own pace. Learn More »

We offer several ungraded enrichment/introductory online classes in all major high school disciplines (math, English, science, Study Skills, Spanish, etc.). We provide personal instruction from Westminster faculty in live, interactive virtual classrooms of three-to-eight students. You can choose from two separate sessions (June & July), but many of our students take classes in both sessions. Classes meet via Zoom for one hour per day for two weeks; students are expected to complete 30-60 minutes of daily homework. Learn More »

World Scholars Academy online courses combine world-elite instruction with enriching educational experiences. Join our summer programs in Business, Medicine, Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, International Relations, and Career Exploration taught 100% live by world-leading professional scholars. Launch your highest career path and accelerate your success with one-to-one academic guidance, international collaborations with exceptional peers, and high-level instruction from the world’s most accomplished educators. Programs available for aspiring scholars ages 12-18. Learn More »

World Scholars Academy offers elite summer medical courses for middle and high school students taught by the world's most accomplished educators. Explore your passion for medicine and master the foundations of medical theory and practice while connecting with other aspiring physicians from around the world. Eligible students receive letters of recommendation from their instructors for university and internship applications. Learn More »


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As You Like It Summer Courses from Russell Education................................................


Boston Architectural College Summer Programs............................................................


Boston Leadership Institute.............................................................................Inside Cover


Brandeis Precollege Online Program...............................................................................


Case Western Reserve Pre-College Online Program.......................................................


Columbia Business School’s Enrichment Program..........................................................


Dwight Global Online School............................................................................................


Georgetown University Pre-College Online Program.....................................................


iD Tech: Online Camps & Classes.....................................................................................


Parsons Pre-College Online Summer Intensive Studies.................................................


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Rochester Pre-College Online Program for High School Students................................


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