Frequently Asked Questions
What is MSON’s mission?
The Malone Schools Online Network (MSON) expands academic opportunities for motivated, upper-level students by connecting them with inspiring teachers and peers across the country in real-time online seminars. MSON courses provide challenge beyond the standard curriculum while nurturing students’ intellectual curiosity, building their independence and time management skills, and fostering relationships across geographical divides. Beyond its classes, MSON draws on its vibrant community to help teachers and school leaders collaborate and innovate in their schools, charting new territory in learning.
How is MSON different from other online learning programs?
Can I take an MSON course?
MSON is available only to students at MSON schools at this time. If you are a student at one of our participating schools, you should contact your school’s MSON Academic Liaison for more information. MSON courses are usually open to advanced juniors and seniors through a selection process determined at each school.
How do colleges view MSON courses?
Student taking MSON courses have been admitted to a wide range of colleges and universities, which understand the high-level and challenging nature of the courses and the fact that they are taught in real-time seminars. College representatives have visited MSON classes in session, and they have noted the high degree of motivation, independence, and time management required for a student to succeed in an MSON course.
Are MSON courses NCAA-approved?
Does MSON grant diplomas?
No. MSON courses appear directly on the transcripts of MSON schools.
Who founded MSON?
In 2012, at the annual meeting of Malone Schools heads, six heads of school envisioned a collaboration based on the expertise of the Stanford Online High School to extend each school’s curriculum and challenge their brightest students. See more here.
What is MSON’s relationship to the Malone Family Foundation?
Is MSON non profit?
Does MSON offer courses in the summer?
Who supports MSON at each member school?
How do schools benefit from joining MSON?
What does it cost for a school to join MSON?
Can my school join MSON?
Courses and Teachers
How are courses selected for the MSON Course Catalog?
How does course scheduling work?
MSON classes take priority over other courses in students’ schedules, and some MSON schools schedule students into MSON courses before completing the rest of their schedules. It is not uncommon for students to miss a few minutes of another class to attend an MSON course. Some MSON courses occur after school and do not conflict with students’ other courses.
How are teachers selected to teach in MSON?
MSON teachers propose courses in response to a Call for Proposals based on curricular needs in MSON. Their proposals and availability to teach are approved within their schools before moving forward; each school vouches for the quality of that teacher. All teachers are interviewed by the MSON Executive Director to determine fit for teaching in the program.
How are teachers prepared? Do they need to have prior online teaching experience?
MSON teachers are stars within their own faculties, eager to adapt courses to MSON or design new ones based on their academic passions. The MSON Dean of Instruction leads a New Teacher Support Program in which new teachers observe MSON classes in session and explore synchronous and asynchronous course design and other key concepts. They then attend the MSON Annual Workshop at Stanford for three days in June for additional training, orientation, and community building. A collaborative consortium, MSON relies on experienced teachers to mentor and guide new ones.
MSON teachers do not need to have any prior online teaching experience
Are courses evaluated?
Taking an MSON Course
How are students selected to take MSON courses?
How do MSON courses fit in with students’ normal course loads?
From where do MSON students attend their MSON classes?
How many hours should a student plan to devote to MSON in a week?
What does an MSON course look like on my transcript?
Is there a placement test/process for MSON courses?
On what technical platforms does MSON run?
What kind of device do I need to take and MSON course?
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