ERIC Number: ED469127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Virtual Schools and E-Learning in K-12 Environments: Emerging Policy and Practice. Policy Issues.
Recent growth in national attention directed toward online courses and virtual schools underscores the importance of e-learning policy and online learning practices. In response to these needs, this edition of "Policy Issues" aims to: summarize the critical e-learning issues related to education policy; provide an overview of what works, based on recent research and program assessment; and offer policy recommendations to support decision makers and policy leaders charged with the investigation and deployment of online courses and Internet-based learning environments in K-12 schools and school districts. Discussion includes online courses and virtual high schools; publications on e-learning policy and practice; definitions that offer points of reference for comparing some of the most important concepts of online learning; e-learning policy implications for K-12 educators and decision makers; America's first public virtual high school, findings from an evaluation of students in the virtual high schools third year that examined students participation in and satisfaction with online courses; and findings and recommendations from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL). (Contains 18 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Policy Formation, Virtual Classrooms
NCREL, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60563. Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free); Fax: 630-649-6700; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web Site: http://www.ncrel.org/. For full text: http://www.ncrel.org/policy/pubs/pdfs/pivol11.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.