Hall County Schools eCourses
Hall County eCourses offer high quality high school courses delivered in an online format. eCourses enable students to learn and apply curricular standards while gaining useful 21st Century skills. All eCourse instructors are Hall County teachers who work directly with their students via online communication tools. eCourse instruction takes place over the internet, using the Canvas learning management system, and is accessible from any location with an internet connection. Students follow weekly plans, created by eCourse instructors, to complete lessons and assignments. There are a variety of assignments, which include writing activities, voice recordings, tests, quizzes, projects, and discussion-based assessments.
Registration – When students are interested in one of our Hall County eCourses, they need to set up a time to speak with the school’s counselor. The counselor is the person who will register students for the online course. Before speaking to the counselor, please refer to the FAQ section “Are eCourses right for me?” to ensure this type of learning environment is a good fit.
Out-of-district Enrollment – Students outside of the Hall County School District are eligible to take HCSD eCourses. See the Out-of-District Admission Application for details.
Contacts – For questions regarding eCourses, please contact the school counselors. They can share general information about eCourses and determine if the online learning environment is a good fit while examining the impact of a student’s course of study. If needed, the counselor can help students/parents communicate with an eCourse instructor. If the online setting is determined to be an appropriate learning environment, the counselor will recommend the student for addition to the course registration list.
“I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you for the online PE. It has been a hugely beneficial class to take for B. I think the independence and responsibility required has helped her develop some really good life skills. Beyond that, the individual nature of it has really helped her learn and understand about the importance of her own physical fitness and how she is the only one that can control that long term. It absolutely was a commitment, but I think in B’s case certainly worth it over in-house P.E. – she would absolutely choose this option again. She has been recommending it to all of her friends who have concerns about in-school high school PE 😊 😊”
“There is a lot of free range on what one can do for certain assignments. Because it is online, a student can flaunt their creativity or thinking skills in a way that would not be so easy in a physical classroom. When everything is digital, student created content can be presented and viewed online as easily as a physical tri-fold or paper in the classroom.”
“Honestly, I came into this class not expecting much. I really thought it would be exceedingly easy and that I would rarely have to even do work. I was very wrong, but I’m glad I was. I’ve learned a lot more than I expected, and I think I am actually going to benefit long-term from this experience. I really wouldn’t change anything about this class.”
What are some benefits you saw from the Adv Personal Fitness Course?
”Some benefits I saw were muscle gain, increased energy, stress relief, and better sleep.”
“I saw good benefits from the class. It helped me stay on top of things and helped with my weight some.”
“Enjoyment of exercise.”
“I am more aware of what I eat now and I am more motivated to get up and exercise because I know the benefits of doing it and the bad things that can happen if I don’t.”
“Yes, increased energy and stamina.”
”The major benefit I saw from this class was simply being more educated and informed about how the body works and what workouts work for me personally. “
”This class has taught me the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and I will continue to use the knowledge that I learned from this class in my everyday life.”
“Thanks Coach McFarland, for helping me get through the past year. I learned so much from the class and will continue to use my knowledge throughout my lifetime.”
“I think the greatest benefit to the Spanish eCourse is that I can work relatively at my own pace, while keeping up with weekly expectations- some parts of the course may be easier for me, while others are harder, so it is very nice to be able to slow down when things are tough and speed up when I’m not being as challenged. I think this also helps because I am able to work a lot at home if I need a day in class to study or catch up without being left behind, as long as I finish my work for the week.”
“I just wanted to thank you for all of the knowledge that you have instilled upon him. He talks a lot about the information that your class provides him in the table or on other discussions. This is coupled with the fact that he always seems to laugh a lot when he is talking with you, and all of the funny events he has talked to you about. As a mother, I would like to thank you for the way you have positively changed him.”
Would you recommend other students take the Chinese eCourse?
”I would recommend other students to take this course because it’s a very interesting class. They would learn new things that may help them to be more respectful towards others. Learning a new language of course would also help them later in life. Overall the course is nice and well organized.”
”Yes, because my teacher for this course was more than excellent, I love the way she teaches and you can always ask for help for something you might not understand. Also take this course because you want to, not just for the credit.”
”Yes, because no one really takes Chinese and it’s a very interesting language to learn.”
”Yes, it was a very good opportunity! Mrs. Meishan was very helpful and she was super sweet when people didn’t understand. The class was very easy and if you kept up with your work it was easy to have a good grade. I learned a lot from this class.”
“Overall, I really think this class was great. I have taken online classes previously, but this class really did exceed what I expected, and I have become so much better at Spanish than what I initially expected.“
“Amazing class and I am sad to see it end. I learned a lot and will try to apply it to my everyday life for a long time. Thanks for the great experience!!”
“One benefit of the Spanish eCourse is the opportunity to have course work already preplanned and scheduled before your first day. This helps students to plan their week and allows for us to accelerate or to slow down based on how challenging a lesson is. Online Spanish wasn’t just about knowing vocab, but also in-depth grammar and exploration of the world of Spanish and countries that use it every day. My teacher was also wonderful, and helped ease Spanish into my schedule.”
Advice from former students:
”Stay on track and follow a schedule MAKE SURE YOU do your weekly assignments.”
”Set aside time for the class and take it as seriously as a class you would take at school.”
”Stay on track with everything, don’t do all the assigned work at the last minute and definitely do all the reading.
“My tip would be to not procrastinate!! It is so easy to fall behind on simple things.”
“Pay attention to deadlines, pace yourself, challenge yourself, but don’t push yourself too much to where you’re hurting yourself. Spread out your workouts so you are not doing too much for one day. Study!!! Take good notes and actually look at the modules. Pay attention to deadlines, pace yourself, challenge yourself, but don’t push yourself too much to where you’re hurting yourself. Spread out your workouts so you are not doing too much for one day. Study!!! Take good notes and actually look at the modules.”
“I thought this class was overall pretty informative, and I am glad I have taken it now, leading into high school, because it will help me make good life decisions.”
“I enjoyed this course very much. It was immersive, innovative, and just what the school needed for online learning in times of a pandemic. It was easy, planned, and thorough. This is great for the collection of students who are not necessarily organized. I loved Spanish 2 and it was an invaluable experience. ¡Gracias!”
“I have had three children go through the on-line PE course and Health course in Hall County with Coach Dea McFarland. The courses helped to prepare each of them for on-line learning before it became a norm, gave them an understanding in health and fitness, had them connect with other students from other schools, and taking the courses on-line allowed for more flexibility with scheduling other on campus classes. Coach McFarland taught them a lot about health and fitness and made an effort to connect with each child in the class. I often would hear the interactions between Coach and the students and she was very compassionate, a clear communicator, and challenged them each at their own level. Each of my kids speak very highly of Coach McFarland as she made an effort to follow up with them in their different sports endeavors over the years and they recognized how she encouraged them which made for a great experience. Both courses were very organized, the equipment provided was helpful in tracking the individual progress, and all learning was laid out for each assignment to be accomplished within solid time frames. I could not recommend this course and the staff any higher! It gets an A++ from our family, again the experience for each of my children was fantastic on many levels.”
“I really appreciate all the feedback I was given a lot. From the most basic assignments to more deep topics, it seemed I was always given some sort of comment that would either give me help, feedback, or criticism. Regardless of which of those it was, it really made everything I did feel much more “real” knowing that someone was really reflecting on what I wrote. It really inspired me to work my hardest on every assignment.”
“It is more work than you think but it helps you get it done so you can take other classes you need at school. This class also helps you lose weight and gain better healthy habits.”
“This class was great and helped me learn many things, also good life skills.“
What aspects of the Chinese eCourse were most useful or valuable?
”I appreciate the weekly DBAs because they forced me to study and speak Chinese, helping me learn. If I didn’t have that, I would probably not be able to speak or translate as well. “
“Modules that review what you’ve learned, sites and sources to help you learn better, zoom meetings where the instructor can give you advice and teach you more efficiently, helpful feedback on assignments.”
“The DBAs and the videos/audios so it is clear you are saying the characters/sentences correctly. The writing assignments were also helpful, showing how to properly write the characters.”