ParishVirtual is committed to providing easily accessible, world-class learning opportunities in a blended setting by challenging students through vigorous coursework in a wide range of content areas. Parish's online campus engages students in collaborative learning environments that inspire globally-minded students to think and create in meaningful ways. Students enrolled in courses at ParishVirtual develop learning capacities that align with the Practices of Definitive Preparation.
Registration for ParishVirtual 2018 will open on February 15, 2018. We are pleased to offer this blended learning opportunity to so many of our students.
What is ParishVirtual? ParishVirtual is a platform for "blended" learning. THis means that the courses have a mixture of online work and the traditional classroom experience where students are expected to attend class at Parish.
When are classes held? Do I have to attend all classes? Classes are held throughout the summer. This schedule is released on February 1st online throught both the portal and the ParishVirual webpage. Students have to attend a minimum of 4 of 7 classes to receive credit (6 or 10 classes for the freshman Health class). Please check your summer schedules before signing up.
What is the time commitment for a ParishVirtual class? Students should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week online to complete each course. This is above and beyond the recommend classroom time. Also, when students are not present in class, and instructor will ask the student to do work to recover missed material.
How are ParishVirtual classes taught? Our teachers use a wide range of materials from the traditional text to materials found online or even personal interviews. At Parish, we want students to engage as many resources as possible. Classes are organized around a classroom webpage where the student can be directed to instructional material and other programs for assessments or collaborative activities.
What are some keys to success? While our teachers very much try to work around our students' hectic schedules, we do ask that students keep pace with the class. This requires them to plan ahead and work diligently to anticipate large stretches of time when they may be out of class. The beauty of a ParishVirtual course is that most of the work can be done at any time the student finds an opportunity. In fact, our courses are designed for self-paced learning, to have the majority of material available for students from the first day of class so that they can work ahead.
Do students earn credit? Yes, students earn credit for these courses. These courses appear on the transcript year which they have most recently finished (not the following year), and the grades are calculated into their GPA. This also means that a withdrawl would also appear on the transcript should a student not complete a course. All of our courses receive .333 credits. While our courses do count towards graduation credit, taking a course in the summer does not exempt a student from a full course load during the regular year.
View the 2017 ParishVirtual course catalog.