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ERIC Number: ED538972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-2
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
What You've Always Wanted to Know about Online and Blended Learning but Were Afraid to Ask: "A Special Briefing for Congressional Staff"
American Youth Policy Forum
Technology is transforming education. Federal, state, and local education leaders are exploring ways in which technology can be integrated into the classroom as a means of promoting student achievement and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Online learning is one of the many technological advances that is expanding popular conceptions of where learning occurs, who facilitates learning and instruction, how teachers are prepared and provided with ongoing professional development, what constitutes an effective curriculum, how skills and knowledge are assessed, how time is used, and the manner in which resources are allocated for equitable outcomes. This forum, structured as a conversation with our presenters, provided an overview of where progress stands in regards to online learning. Allison Powell, vice president of iNACOL, addressed the rapid growth of online learning, and Holly Sagues, Chief Policy Officer of Florida Virtual School, discussed how Florida has used online learning to expand access to public school courses. Both presenters addressed the value of both online and blended learning models; how classrooms and instruction methods are changing; and the new roles of teachers and implications for their development and training. The presenters also discussed challenges of these new ways of learning, including program quality, online safety, adequate funding, and seat-time requirements. Federal policies and state initiatives and policies were addressed in this interactive discussion.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Florida