Online Learning Update

November 19, 2011

Idaho Implements Online High School Course Requirement

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Lauren Barack, School Library Journal

Throughout the nation, many schools at the secondary level are adopting online learning courses for college and graduate course work, but Idaho may be the first in the nation to make two credits of online courses a requirement for graduation. The U.S. Department of Education has been eyeing online distance course options for years, citing that they offer a way to broaden the scope of classes students are exposed to in school. At the same time, however, they also can be a cost-cutting measure, allowing more students to be wired into a single course and requiring fewer educators per pupil. While Browning admits that there may be some cost-savings under the new requirement, the state also has to ensure that all schools the 115 districts are wired for high-speed connectivity by fall 2012 when the new ruling goes into effect. Districts can decide independently how to implement the program—either running them through school librarians or through classroom teachers.

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