ERIC Number: ED459689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Delivery of High School Courses: Status, Trends and Issues.
Thomas, William R.
All 16 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states have high school students receiving courses electronically, according to a recent SREB survey of state departments of education. Courses are delivered electronically to high school students in the SREB region primarily through three methods: satellite, compressed video, and the Web. Although only a small number of high school students now take Web-based courses, the Web shows great promise for instructional use and the number of students is increasing. The SREB Educational Technology Cooperative is working closely with SREB states to determine how states can share resources to provide Web-based courses for high school students. These efforts are designed to: coordinate and assist states in this new, rapidly evolving method of delivering instruction; meet students' academic needs through Web-based courses, especially in core academic subjects; minimize policy-related, instructional, financial and managerial barriers to student access to quality academic courses; and help districts and schools within a state avoid the initial costs and time associated with developing Web-based courses by enabling them immediately to offer online courses that are already available to students. As Web-based technology matures in the next several years, policy-makers and decision-makers will need to focus on several key areas: policy, regulation and legal issues related to developing, offering and receiving courses delivered over the Web; financial issues surrounding this new method of delivering instruction; and management issues at the school level. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Educational Technology, High Schools, Internet, Nontraditional Education, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, World Wide Web
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 (Stock no. 99T06, $2 plus $2.50 shipping and handling fee). Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http:// www.sreb.org/programs/edtech/pubs/electronicdeliveryhs/elect ronicdeliveryhs.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.