Since Ontario Virtual School is an online school, the interaction is considerably less compared to traditional school setting. However, the interactions are very welcoming and warm both with teachers and students. Most interactions with students are on discussions that are posted as part of the course. Participation in these discussions makes a very interactive environment and makes student-to-student communication better. It helped me as I learned so many different approaches from my fellow classmates towards a certain topic. This always made learning more interesting and the discussions helped me remember things more. The communications are very respectful between students and everybody feels included and appreciated for their input. Participation in discussions are a key component at OVS to successfully complete the course and get the credit.
It was an online school so I was able to do the class work from the comfort of my own home. This was great because I wasn't in a stressful situation. Aside from that you miss out on the experience of a real school. In which, you can go out to lunch, have classes with your friends, and a whole bunch of other things. That being said, this is best for sometime who wants to ease their workload. The benefit of online courses is that you can logon and do your work at any time that works for you. You're not required to wake up early in the morning and make some sort of commute. You can wake up and do your work, or you can even do your work at night if you prefer.
OVS being an online school, there aren't many people to talk to physically but the staff and teachers are so sweet it feels like you are talking to someone you have known forever. There is a discussion within the course which allows for interactions with other peers. Discussions allow different perspectives on topics that can apply to other things as well. This makes learning much more fun and interesting and helps one recall/remember things more. Conversations are very respectful and professional which makes everyone feel that they are involved and that their opinions matter. Overall, discussions are a key part of OVS to be successful in the course along with developing certain skills that are crucial for the real world.
There was contact with the course teacher and a little with the students via the forum but the course also gave you time to hang out with your friends and have fun (though for me it was not possible to do that because I took this course back in April so public health guidelines were such that I must stay home). The forums were a great way to interact with people though in a constructive and informative way by answering questions that the course's teacher proposed and responding either critically or with encouragement, it was a nice touch that really gave it a different element that other online schools don't always have.