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ERIC Number: ED547990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Online and Distance Learning in Southwest Tennessee: Implementation and Challenges. REL 2015-045
Holian, Laura; Alberg, Martha; Strahl, Jack Daniel; Burgette, John; Cramer, Eric
Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia
The purpose of this study was to increase the understanding among members of the Southwest Tennessee Rural Education Cooperative (SWTREC), a coalition of superintendents from 12 districts (half of which are rural) surrounding Memphis, about the online and distance-learning courses offered by schools that compose the Cooperative. Data for this report were collected through an online questionnaire administered by districts in the SWTREC in April 2013 and completed by one person from each participating school. Seventeen of the twenty-one high schools within the SWTREC districts responded to the survey. More than 80 percent of responding schools reported offering online or distance-learning courses in school year 2012/13. On average, schools provided more online than distance-learning courses, and they had higher enrollments in online courses. Both online and distance-learning courses were used to provide students with access to dual enrollment courses. Schools that offered online courses most often identified the opportunity for students to accelerate credit accumulation as a "very important" reason for offering the courses. Technological limitations--both the availability of technology and restricted periods when technology was available--were barriers schools perceived in offering online and distance-learning courses. A survey instrument is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (ED); CNA Corporation; National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED-IES-12-C-0005
IES Cited: ED565838