Online Learning Update

December 17, 2011

Growth in K12 Online Learning – Not Just a Trend

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

by Smarter Services

More than 4 million K-12 students participated in formal virtual learning programs in 2010. The continued growth in K12 online learning is not just a trend. As enrollments in non traditional learning environments grow, states are working on proposing mandates that students take at least one online course prior to graduating from high school. One challenge states are faced with when proposing required online education is defining what that is and what it looks like. Most states recognize that a fully online course is not the only way for a student to experience an alternative learning environment. Like any organization, the end goal must be examined in order to determine the path to reach it. Guidelines allowed include technology rich courses, a hybrid model of using a laptop onsite to take an online class, using live webinar teachings, participating in web chats about course content, and using learning management systems to access content and assignments among others.

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