ERIC Number: ED477704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Report to the 78th Texas Legislature on Electronic Courses and Virtual Learning Programs.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report presents the findings and recommendations from a study of school district and charter school participation in the Texas Virtual School Pilot (VSP). The report also provides an overview of the activities of the charter schools and districts that participated in the first year of the pilot program. This information includes descriptions of methods used to offer electronic courses, information about the students who took these courses, and pilot program costs. The VSP report concludes with recommendations for consideration by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Legislature, followed by information about a related virtual learning pilot program, "Investigating Quality of Online Courses," and a literature review of the information available on e-learning and virtual schools. Appendices include: profiles of individual VSP participants; VSP data collection instruments; technology requirements for students to access online courses; resources of online course quality guidelines; K-12 Web instructor's certification guidelines; "Technology To Improve Texas Education: Benchmarks and Actions for E-Learning"; additional resources; Web resources on virtual high schools; an example of infrastructure evaluation components for distance learning; Internet-based information technology infrastructure; a selected annotated bibliography; and a report on the state of the nation and the state of the state related to virtual learning. (Contains 61 references, 38 footnotes, and 18 exhibits.) (MES)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Charter Schools, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Pilot Projects, School Districts, State Programs, Technology Uses in Education, Virtual Classrooms, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
Publications Office, Texas Education Agency, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711 ($12; nonprofit institutions, $11). For full text: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas