Welcome to
Parent University

A+ Virtual created this resource to assist parents to enhance their learner's online educational experience

So what is Parent University? An online resource center dedicated to supporting parents. Parents are taking on a greater role in educating their children then ever before and we understand you need help too. So we created Parent University, to help you transition your child's learning from grade to grade, from struggling to success, from success to accelerated and now a days, from the classroom to the living room. At Parent University you will find resources that will help you navigate your child's educational journey.

How Do I Begin To Help My Child Learn Online?

How do we shift from learning in person to learning remotely?

Getting started - Some logistical basics

  • Do you have an appropriate workspace? Is the work space environment neat and clean allowing for your learner to focus on learning?

  • Does your learner have sufficient equipment (Internet access, laptop, headset) to participate in online meetings?

  • Is the internet connection able to accommodate online applications/platforms?

Curriculum, message boards, etc.

  • Do you know where to find the curriculum that your learner needs to master for his/her courses?

  • Do you have access to the message boards where teachers post assignments and announcements?

Continuity of learning

Do you know what it is that your learner is supposed to be mastering?

  • Where are they starting from?

  • Where do they need to be?

  • Can you work backwards to design a plan?

What we know about learning

  • The move to distance learning reduces opportunities for many of the crucial social aspects of learning. Therefore, whenever an opportunity to increase some social aspect of learning like collaboration presents itself, it is highly encouraged.

Monitoring of progress

  • Can your learner explain to you what they are learning and how it fits into the bigger picture? If they can not, is remediation available so that the learner has an opportunity to master the content?

What does all of the language mean?

Know Your Terms: Remote Learning, Blended learning, Synchronous vs Asynchronous

Remote Learning happens when the learner and information source are separated and cannot meet in a traditional classroom setting, so the training occurs using technology to connect the learner to the content. Remote learning can occur synchronously or asynchronously or as part of a blended learning package.

Blended learning uses elements of the synchronous and asynchronous models to create a custom solution. The blended model is highly flexible and can be used when an asynchronous solution is desired – but some instructor or group contact is required.

Synchronous vs Asynchronous Learning. What's the difference?

Synchronous Learning

When an online course includes a real-time event with an instructor and a group of learners, it is synchronous learning. Unlike a physical classroom the audience members are not in the same location. This virtual classroom is a great way to present instruction or information to a geographically dispersed group. It allows the audience to view the same visuals and hear the same audio simultaneously and to virtually interact with the instructor. In turn, it allows the instructor to “read” the students and to hear their questions, opinions, and perspectives.

Asynchronous Learning

When students engage in online learning at different times with no live interaction or instructor, it is considered an asynchronous learning event. Some advantages to asynchronous learning are that it allows for flexibility in the learner’s schedule, it typically allows learners to go back and review as needed, and students can learn at their own pace.

What Parents Should Know?


Parents should be aware that there are standards that schools are aligning with across the nation that guide what your child is taught. The standards set the expectations for what your child should be able to do through out their educational career. The two sets of standards you should be familiar with are the Common Core Standards that set the academic expectations and the ISTE Standards that set the expectations for the use of technology. If you would like to familiarize yourself with these standards visit the links below.

Common Core Academic Standards

"Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade."


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

"The ISTE Standards are a framework for innovation in education. These standards help educators and education leaders worldwide prepare learners to thrive in work and life."



Shifts in learning

How Learning Changed Since COVID

Academic Shifts

What parents should be aware of related to changes in ELA and Math?

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Still Haven't Found What Your looking For?

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