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ERIC Number: ED539016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-27
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Online Courses. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Although technology affects everyone's lives in a many ways, effective utilization of it has been slow to enter America's classrooms. The expectations of Millennial students (those born between 1980-2000) are different from those from previous generations. They expect immediate feedback, are skilled multitaskers and use various technological resources to learn (Conceicano, 2007; Shelton & Saltsman, 2004; Peiz). Online courses have been offered for adult learners attending college and in other settings for more than ten years, but are a relatively new instructional delivery model at the high school level. "Today's challenge is to ensure that information technology increases the quantity of educational opportunities while maintaining or enhancing the quality of those opportunities" (NEA Guide to Online Courses). Online courses can provide: (1) more course offerings, especially in small schools and/or in a specialty content where there are not enough students in one school to justify having the class or there is not a qualified teacher to provide instruction; (2) classes for students who may be advanced in a content area, which will allow them to continue their education at a higher level; and (3) access to courses for students who are not in the regular classroom setting. "Online learning is a type of distance education in which teachers and learners are physically separate and instruction and content are delivered through the Internet" (Clark, 2008). These programs should have a qualified and certified teacher teaching it who works and interacts with and provides timely feedback to the students. (Contains 11 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)