Educational Technology

September 10, 2017

Online classes help high school students graduate

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by Mark Wilson, Fox 13

“We pulled our data to find our students that were off track last year, that were in danger of not graduating and we met with them and their parents and then we started the program,” said Wesley Chapel High Assistant Principal Kelly McPherson.  And it’s been successful. “Of the 19 seniors we enrolled in [the program], 18 did graduate, so that was really exciting,” said McPherson. Dr. James Hatten is a USF professor who specializes in this kind of education. He emphasizes that this track to a diploma is not easier than a regular classroom. “People think wrongly that an online course is easier to take for a student. Often times it’s more difficult for a student because there’s no way to hide in an online course. There’s no way to not participate. You either have to be active or you’re not active,” said Dr. Hatten.

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