ERIC Number: ED499392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online. Innovations in Education
US Department of Education
America's productivity and prosperity depend on the education system's ability to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This guide highlights six providers of academic course work that are going beyond the convention of brick-and-mortar schools by delivering rigorous curricula to students through Internet technology. These providers, along with the schools and districts they serve, recognize that American students must master advanced technical skills and solve complex problems to prepare for demanding higher education and workforce environments. Education is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and advances in technology provide an opportunity to personalize education, use time more efficiently, and tailor instruction in innovative ways. Online course work enables students to attend class inside or outside of school, learn concepts at their own pace, and receive extra help or more challenging assignments. Rigorous course work is recognized as one of the best ways to improve student achievement. However, few high schools, especially those serving low-income and minority populations, currently offer challenging courses. The providers profiled in this guide demonstrate how implementing online classes can enrich curricula and enable a greater number of students to challenge themselves. This guide is one in a series of publications produced by the U.S. Department of Education that highlights promising new educational practices. Appended are: (1) Online Learning Program Implementation Checklist; (2) Research Methodology; and (3) Resources. Contains 51 endnotes, 8 figures and 2 tables.
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Research Methodology, Academic Achievement, Online Courses, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Program Implementation, Internet, Higher Education, Work Environment, Problem Solving, Check Lists, High School Students
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site: http://www.edpubs.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.