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ERIC Number: EJ847237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Online Learning in Secondary Education: A New Frontier
Conceicao, Simone; Drummond, Sarah B.
Educational Considerations, v33 n1 p32-38 Fall 2005
Online learning, also referred to as distance education in this article, involves a variety of approaches, such as making resources available electronically and creating rich, interactive online experiences with class activities using Web tools like chat and discussion groups. Online courses offer flexibility as they may not require learners to be at a specific location for class participation. Students may work with course materials at their own convenience, or they may work collaboratively with other students in a Web environment. Today, distance education serves not only adult learners, but also secondary education students. Educational organizations serving high schools are rapidly distributing online education via the Internet due to the competitive market. However, rapid changes in the field may not necessarily mean higher quality programs. To insure high quality online offerings, institutions of secondary education need to have in place organizational strategies to plan and implement distance education. This article is designed to assist secondary schools/districts to make informed, research based decisions in that process. The authors begin with a review of related literature on the status of online learning in high schools. Next, they describe the study's methodology and present the results. The article closes with conclusions and recommendations for those considering the plunge into online education at the secondary level. (Contains 1 table and 43 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin