ERIC Number: ED466236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Any Time, Any Place, Any Path, Any Pace: Taking the Lead on e-Learning Policy. The Report of the NASBE Study Group on e-Learning: The Future of Education.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Having examined the emerging evidence and considered the doubts and cautions, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Study Group on e-Learning concludes that e-learning will improve American education in valuable ways and should be universally implemented as soon as possible. The primary goal of this report is to provide a sufficient context so that education policy leaders can ask the right policy questions and take the lead on developing sound e-learning policies. Following are the major policy opportunities identified by the Study Group. Restructuring the public education system to maximize the benefits of e-learning requires attention to basic policy foundations that influence the day-to-day behaviors of teachers, administrators, and students. Reengineering the system should include: revising learning standards; bringing state assessments online; streamlining policies; empowering families; and moving beyond geographic boundaries. The Study Group firmly believes that the most valuable benefit of e-learning is its potential ability to delivery high-quality instructional services to all learners regardless of location, family or cultural background, or disability. Assuring universal opportunity is a critical policy foundation, and should include: ensuring high-quality educators for all children; providing access to robust equipment and the Internet at school; providing after-school access; and supplying technologies to assist students with special needs. Making available appropriate e-learning resources for a quality education raises complex policy questions that can challenge basic assumptions governing the traditional education system and settled ways of doing business. Fundamental change can occur during this exciting time, including: offering online courses for credit; determining effective ways to rapidly expand the availability of high-quality e-learning resources; and developing and/or revisiting policies addressing appropriate student use of the Internet, privacy protection, and advertising in public schools. (Contains 180 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Development, Educational Equipment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Policy Formation, Program Development
National Association of State Boards of Education, 277 South Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($14). Tel: 800-220-5183 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-836-2313; Web site: http://www.nasbe.org/. For full text: http://www.nasbe.org/Organization_Information/e_learning.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lightspan Partnership, Inc., San Diego, CA.; Milken Family Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.