ERIC Number: ED438798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
On-Line Learning: Best Practices for Alberta School Jurisdictions.
Haughey, Margaret; Muirhead, Bill
The goals of this project were to describe the various on-line models and delivery formats that have emerged in Alberta and to identify common practices and current issues surrounding the provision of on-line or virtual schooling. A Steering Committee developed a conceptual framework for the study under the three main headings of "Instruction,""Content" and "Technology Infrastructure," to help delineate the essential aspects of this form of distance learning. Based on analysis of interviews with coordinators of Alberta's on-line programs and a review of relevant literature on virtual schooling initiatives in Canada and elsewhere, the committee identified four models, described common practices and discussed issues identified by the participants. Overall, Alberta's on-line programs--most of which are in the first three years of operation--have not yet taken full advantage of the capabilities of the new technologies. Recommended strategies for Alberta school jurisdictions are provided, followed by additional resources and a glossary of terms. Appendices include profiles of 19 on-line learning programs in Alberta and 8 programs outside Alberta (Canada, United States and Australia), an overview of the methodology, and a list of related Alberta Education resources. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Internet, Online Systems, School Districts, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada