Educational Technology

December 13, 2016

The evolution of online learning in policy and the classroom

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by NATALIE BURG, Model D Media

In 2007, Pete Bush became the principal for Coopersville High School near Grand Rapids, which had no online learning opportunities in place. But because he knew Michigan Virtual Schools was offering new foreign language courses, he thought he’d seize the opportunity to help students learn in a new way and take a course the small school of just 800 students couldn’t offer itself. “We found some students who were interested in Mandarin Chinese online, and I served as their mentor because I wanted to learn as much about the process as I could,” Bush says. “In the first couple of years we almost had to find things for him to do to justify his full-time position,” recalls Bush, who is now the superintendent of Coloma Community Schools. “But by the time I left Coopersville in 2014, there were nearly 300 students each semester taking online courses.” That’s a big portion of the school’s 800 total students. Over the last decade, that growth has happened in schools all over Michigan.

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