Online Learning Update

August 22, 2010

Online Learning: Are education credit recovery programs really effective?

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

By Sarah Butrymowicz, the Hechinger Report

Credit recovery programs can take many forms. Some look no different from traditional classrooms, with teachers at the front lecturing. Others consist of nothing more than a thin packet of fill-in-the-blank sheets that a student completes on his own time. As credit recovery grows in popularity, though, it’s becoming increasingly common for school districts to turn to online companies. An Education Week chat explains how online credit recovery programs generally work. EdWeek recently reported that at least three major school districts – Boston, Chicago and New York City – offer online credit recovery classes. And states such as Missouri and Wisconsin have online credit recovery programs. Online programs let students work at their own pace, and supporters say they present course material in a new way.

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