FLVS DBAs: Options and Alternatives

Blog_DBA_FollowupIf you missed our Facebook Live Q&A about discussion-based assessments, don’t worry! In this post, we’re sharing a great video recap that covers everything you need to know.

At FLVS, we want students to be successful and completely comfortable when learning online. This includes discussion-based assessments (DBAs).  Even though some students may get nervous or anxious, just remember that DBAs are simply a verbal conversation between you and your teacher.

DBAs are one of the ways we ensure academic integrity (and make sure that it’s actually you doing the work). This is why teachers need to hear directly from you! They will be referencing the work you have done and speaking to students and parents multiple times throughout the course, so there is a common thread of communication that helps teachers connect a face (or voice) to the same student they see in live lessons and through submitted work. DBAs are also there for teachers to help you!

To get ready for a DBA, you can use any notes you have taken, your assignments, and lessons. You can contact your teacher to see if they have any other specific resources for their course to help you prepare.

There is a myth that DBAs can only be completed over the phone and that is not true! Your teacher does need to hear from you directly, but there is no rule or policy that your DBA be held over the phone. DBAs are verbal conversation between you and your teacher, but you have lots of options on ways to do this:

  • A live lesson or their virtual office
  • FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or any other video chat
  • Phone call
  • Any other option that you have discussed with your teacher

The main thing is to not be nervous! Your teacher is there to help you succeed. If you have any questions or you get to the point when you are ready to complete a DBA, you can contact your teacher via email, text, or phone. We know you will be fantastic!

Post by Melanie Ahlschwede, English 1 Lead Instructor, & Christina Nelson, Peer Counseling Lead Instructor

10 comments on “FLVS DBAs: Options and Alternatives

  1. Anna

    I’m about to take a DBA, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to use my notes during it? Am I allowed to look at my notes during a DBA?

      1. kimberly

        When I enter a live lesson it says my chat permission is turned off. I am not sure why ? I also can’t hear anything in the lives or type

        1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

          Hi Kimberly. Sometimes the teacher has the chat feature turned off during live instruction. Don’t hesitate to check with them via email or text if you are having trouble or confused!

  2. Naomi

    If you are taking a foreign language on flvs do your teachers call you (for dba’s) in that specific foreign language or do they ask the dba questions in English?

    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Naomi! Some teachers may use both depending upon the level of the course. However, students who are new to the language and beginner level will initially focus on vocabulary, etc. Hope this helps!

    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Your teachers want to ensure that they are hearing from you – but a video call or live lesson setting (using the mic) are options you could discuss with your teacher!

  3. Jaz

    I understand DBA’s are to make sure things are going well but now my daughter has 4 dba’s per segment. That is just too much when the reason for home school is flexibility and independence. No good options at all.


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