The Promise and the Reality: Exploring the Research on Virtual Schooling
Michael Barbour, Wayne State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The first web-based distance education programs at the K-12 began in the early 1990s. Unlike distance education and online learning in general, much less is known about virtual schooling – even less of which is based on systematic research. What is known is often based solely on practitioner experiences. Regardless, the growth and practice of virtual schooling has far out-paced the production of reliable and valid research. This paper will focus upon describing the evolution of K-12 online learning in Canada and the United States, how that evolution has impacted rural schools, and what lessons can be learned from the experiences with K-12 online learning.
Barbour, M. (2011). The Promise and the Reality: Exploring the Research on Virtual Schooling. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3433-3442). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 9, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/36852/.
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