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ERIC Number: ED534210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-5136-2
Customization of Education through Online Learning
Rayburn, Kalim
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The educational opportunities provided through connectivity to the internet that did not previously exist make way for many opportunities to expand curricular options. Through the use of technology and the internet students are able to receive education through a tailored learning approach delivered via online resources. The purpose of this study is to examine customization of education through online learning. Included are the characteristics and goals of students enrolled and the effects of online learning at one virtual school site serving grades 6-12 from 5 different counties in southern California. The research questions used to guide this study are (1) Why are students at LVS in grades 6-12 enrolling online; (2) How are the customized paths meeting the needs of the students in the program; and (3) Do the characteristics of students vary with their purpose in enrolling? Data collection was completed through an online self-reporting student survey using fixed choice questions and an open-ended question. These data were analyzed along with faculty interviews and a comprehensive district profile. Out of 219 students surveys submitted, four trends emerged: Online course fits within the desired schedule, attainment of individual educational goals, better use of time; and flexibility of taking an online course. Moreover, data revealed that students who reported having a positive experience in online learning correlated with specific demographic variables, grade level and types of online students. To be successful, district and school personnel must have a common vision for the online school including: defining a target audience (grade levels), clear outcomes, and identifying someone to maintain the vision. The final online school plan should be developed collaboratively to ensure that all members of the school district community can assess desired outcomes of the virtual school and be supported by school district stakeholders. A duplicate study is recommended at a later date to see if enrollment continues to rise at Lakeside Virtual School. While the focus of this study was on customization of education through online learning, future studies might yield more information regarding the overall effectiveness of the individual student experience through a customized online path. Another potential study could include determining whether the district's design model for Lakeside Virtual School is equally effective for middle or high school levels, rather than a singular focus on grades 6-12 levels. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California