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ERIC Number: ED507998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Overcoming Doubts about Online Learning. SREB Educational Technology Cooperative
Thomas, William R.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
As the 21st century's first decade draws to a close, America's public school students are participating in online academic classes in increasingly large numbers. More than one million K-12 public school students took online courses in the 2007-2008 school year, according to an estimate in a recent Sloan Consortium survey. This represents a 47 percent increase from 2005 to 2007 alone. With such rapid growth, many educators and state decision-makers have grown wary and want to know what the research says about online learning: They want to know if it works. Available research indicates that it does. This report outlines recent research that can help educators and state decision-makers understand the benefits of online learning. One clear measure of the benefits--and perhaps the most important--is increased "student learning". Another is increased "student access" to high-quality courses. [A combined directory of References, Research and Studies Related to Online Learning is provided.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; North Carolina; United States; Virginia; West Virginia