Online Learning Update

December 3, 2011

Grand Rapids schools hopes to improve online learning model

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

By Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio

“Unfortunately the failure rate in traditional classrooms is about the same,” Helmholdt said, “That’s not a good statistic by any means, but I think a lot of people are trying to point and kind of scrutinize this blended learning because of the online aspect of it.” He says some teachers aren’t buying into the program; he cites an example over this last summer where a training session was offered but only about half the teachers eligible showed. In the report students said they were frustrated by some technology problems early on and how fast paced the blended classes were. Teachers said too often students get off task, checking social media like facebook instead of doing their school work.

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