ERIC Number: ED464073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Considerations for Planning a State Virtual School: Providing Web-Based Courses for K-12 Students.
Thomas, William R.
Courses delivered over the World Wide Web can help states meet the academic needs of all students. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are creating state virtual schools to support and manage the efficient, effect use of Web-based courses. Florida and Kentucky have invested significant funds, personnel, and time, and Maryland, Texas, and West Virginia are moving slowly but systematically to understand how best to use this new technology. These state virtual schools vary greatly in goals, staffing, and funding. A key issue for each state is to determine whether it will lease or purchase courses instead of creating them. Leasing or purchasing courses is less expensive than developing and maintaining courses. Steps for states that consider creating a state virtual school include: establish the state's vision; identify which courses are needed; organize actions to meet state needs; determine costs and funding methods; determine course quality; and evaluate the program. (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Virtual Classrooms, World Wide Web
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318 ($2.50 shipping and handling fee). Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236. For full text: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.