Online Learning Update

September 18, 2014

Virtual reality: Online classes can prove beneficial to athletes’ hectic schedules

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Alicia DelGallo, Orlando Sentinel

Area high-school athletes increasingly are turning to virtual classes to repair or boost their grades, lighten traditional class loads or to make schedules more flexible, allowing ample time for practice and training. “It’s a recent thing for kids to start taking online classes, and mostly because Florida Virtual is offering more selection,” Lake Howell coach Vicky Hilbert said. “For those students who work better independently, it’s a great option.” In 2011, a state law went into effect that requires all public-school students to take at least one class online before graduating. That may be one reason why the total number of Florida Virtual School semester completions jumped from 213,926 in the 2009-10 school year to 410,962 in 2012-13, the last year data is available.,0,272200.story

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