ERIC Number: EJ869284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Lessons Learned from Lessons Learned: The Fit between Online Education "Best Practices" and Small School Reality
Lovvorn, Al S.; Barth, Michael M.; Morris, R. Franklin, Jr.; Timmerman, John E.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v12 n4 Win 2009
Schools of all types and sizes are exploring the merits and facets of online learning approaches; but, the online delivery literature has focused on "best practices" generated primarily through the experiences of larger schools that are on the leading edge of this innovation. Small public schools, on the other hand, are faced with unique challenges in profiting from the advice of these first movers. Small schools are hampered as a result of severely constrained resources, among which are personnel, money, infrastructure, and time. These factors limit the ability of small public institutions to fully adopt widely approved online best practices. This article reviews contemporary research on the implementation of online learning, examines one small public school's experience as a case study, discusses the disparities between the capabilities of large versus small public institutions of higher education, and outlines implications for other small schools that wish to pursue online education.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Small Schools, Online Courses, Best Practices, Delivery Systems, Program Implementation, Case Studies, Barriers, Distance Education, Institutional Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Technology Planning, Technology Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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