The article below highlights some of the changes happening at the secondary (high school) level with regards to the growth in online learning. I suspect that as high schools improve the quality and level of student preparedness for online courses, we will see that translate into students better prepared for college level online learning. Of course, this preparedness should start well before high school…
September 27, 2009
The Next Admissions Challenge: Evaluating Online Education
By Eric Hoover
Colleges pay admissions officials to predict the future, and that future is likely to include a revolution in the way many high-school students learn. As attendees of the National Association for College Admission Counseling heard here last week, online education is spreading rapidly among secondary schools, a trend that raises many questions for admissions officials.
On Friday, Brian Lekander, program manager for Star Schools, a distance-education initiative in the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, described the rise of virtual learning in elementary and secondary schools. Thirty-two states have virtual-school programs, and 70 percent of all school districts offer online and distance-learning programs, according to the Education Department. In 2008, two million secondary students were enrolled in online-learning programs or in “blended” programs, which include face-to-face and online instruction. In 2000, that enrollment was only 50,000 students.
Full article is available at http://chronicle.com/article/The-Next-Admissions-Challenge-/48625/