By Gene I. Maeroff

ISBN-10: 1403960852

ISBN-13: 9781403960856

This is Gene Maeroff's "report from front" at the brief background and standing of on-line studying within the usa and worldwide. Maeroff is a reporter who takes you to the colleges from Penn State's international Campus to the Florida digital college to the newly rising on-line studying tasks in Afghanistan. His trip eventually offers a photo of how within which know-how is altering the minds of individuals in regards to the character of upper schooling. He seems to be on the approach to digital supply, the standard of the data being introduced and caliber of interplay it engenders. He seems to be on the method freshmen are adapting to this new know-how and what kind of accountability is wear the student's shoulders. eventually, and perhaps tellingly, he seems to be on the enterprise of on-line learning.

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Young’s advice to officials at virtual schools, based on her experience directing such a school in Florida, was that they select their teachers with great care. Just as virtual learning is not for every student, it is not for every teacher, according to Young. She said, for instance, that teachers who enjoy performing and lecturing in front of an audience “may hate this,” especially if they are obliged to follow a set curriculum. ” She said that at her statewide virtual school the input of teachers into shaping the curriculum usually was limited to suggesting that maybe this or that should be added or dropped or that some part of the curriculum didn’t seem to be working.

Teachers were supposed to keep parents informed of the progress of their children. The school expected teachers to maintain contact with students, usually by e-mail, according to Julie Young, the school’s executive director. The school hoped that at least once THE NATURE OF INTERACTION 41 a month the teacher would speak by phone with each student and a parent. “We don’t want a parent surprised if a student gets less than a C in a course,” Young said. There are yet other ways in which Florida Virtual School promoted interactivity.

The realization that progress will be incremental, not exponential, tempers the exuberance that greeted the advent of online learning in the 1990s. The heady forecasts of huge enrollments and limitless revenues have been pricked along with the dotcom balloon. ”11 Hype, not solid information, fueled the early enthusiasm for online learning, as was true in the ’90s of so much of the hullabaloo surrounding the Internet generally. Yet, in spite of the P. T. Barnums who orchestrated some of the ill-fated start-ups, online courses are here to AN INVITATION TO A REVOLUTION 19 stay.

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