As we approach the beginning of spring registration, students might be wondering why they should consider taking AP courses in general, and IOAPA courses specifically. Here are just a few reasons we feel strongly about making online advanced learning opportunities available for students.
- IOAPA courses extend opportunities not available in person. For many students in Iowa, geography and school resources can too often dictate the opportunities to which they have access. IOAPA reduces these influences by providing free, online courses and AP Exam Reviews, and partnering with schools to make in-person support and AP Exams available.
- IOAPA courses allow for flexibility in learning. IOAPA courses are scheduled into students’ regular school day, which increases opportunities for accessing support and likelihood of completing the work. However, the courses are independent, which allows students to set their own goals and priorities and complete the work on their terms. This flexibility and independence enables students to practice and develop skills beyond those taught in the coursework.
- Online courses offer unique challenges. In addition to the rigor of above-level courses, IOAPA students learn how to navigate a virtual learning environment, manage time with other commitments, and advocate for their educational needs. IOAPA is a great learning environment for online courses because it provides students with additional support as they become familiar with the process of online learning. As enrollment in online courses increases, early experiences with the nuances of online coursework prepare students for this unique learning situation.
- AP courses are nationally recognized. Because AP courses are administered by The College Board, class standards are consistent regardless of where or how you complete the course. Receiving AP exam credit demonstrates a certain level of proficiency that colleges and universities can then use to determine placement. Also, it’s easy to determine how credits might transfer regardless of where you attend college using the database managed by The College Board.
- Colleges like AP. Researchers in higher education have found relationships between AP participation and achievement, readiness, and college degree attainment. Reporting a commitment to academic challenge like taking AP courses early on reflects positively on students’ drive to succeed post-high school.
If these reasons have been convincing, head over to our website, www.belinblank.org/ioapa for more information, including the course catalog and registration procedures. Spring registration opens November 1, 2017.