Online Learning Update

March 26, 2011

A response to whether online learning is disrupting education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

BY: Andy Frost, PLATO through Keeping Pace with K-12

It’s almost impossible to dispute that what Christensen and his co-authors call “disruptive deployment” is very real and has been underway for some time now. In the book, the authors talk about two key areas in which online learning follows the classic disruptive model by “competing with non-consumption:” 1) Credit Recovery and Dropout Prevention and 2) Advanced and non-core courses. In both cases, online learning has been relatively easy for schools and districts to adopt because the most likely alternative is nothing. To validate that this is the case, I don’t have to look any further than PLATO Learning, where I work. PLATO has been helping schools and districts build technology-based credit recovery and remediation programs for decades. For the past 10 years, those programs have been delivered over the Internet.

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