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Are Online Schools In Line?

October 6th, 2011 by Dr. Martha Angulo

The headline of our local newspaper read, “Keeping online schools in line.”  (http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_19022226)  The premise of the article is that online schools are not keeping up with student achievement, costs too much and are not meeting instructional standards.

Well, is it any wonder?  Most online schools are being set up to mirror bricks and mortar schools.  This is just mimicking a failing system and hence is doomed to fail.  The value of online schooling is to be able to create a new system that actually can serve the needs of the students who enroll.   This takes time, money and talent.  It takes individuals who can think beyond what they are familiar with.  It takes individuals who can dream of possibilities not yet in practice.  The outstanding breadth of opportunity online technology gives us to innovate should not be passed up by an educational community that is steeped in the same old way of doing things.

The capability to match instruction to individual student learning; to offer students a variety of instructional methodologies; and to continuously adapt instruction to the individual learner is available now.  Yet, we are hampered by our own concepts and somehow fearful of giving up what we have become accustomed to since the turn of the last century.

In an adaptive environment, students can discover much of their knowledge individually.  What a concept….putting students in charge of their own learning!  Students need to do something meaningful every few minutes…reading long passages or doing the same thing over and over will not keep them engaged.  We lose our students when instruction lacks relevance and fails to generate positive learning experiences.  Cognitive psychologists recognize that critical thinking and creativity are connected to an individual’s passion for a subject.  Yet, we continue to emphasize rationality at the expense of creativity.

Is it no wonder then that now, online learning is getting a bad rap?  If policy makers really want to see online learning work, they need to put on different lenses.  The same old methodologies, with a new dress, cheat those who deserve more from us….our students.

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  • James

    Now a days virtual classroom gives you interactive lessons just like
    face-to-face tutoring in homework help, assignment help, exam
    preparation help, essay writing help, online math tutoring etc.

  • Anonymous

    Apart for the advantages stated above, online tutoring also saves time to commute to the school and thus it easy for both tutors and students. Also, its easy to track time spent on tutoring, and provides better ways to prepare study plan.

  • Oscar

    Online tutoring is now a days being used for assignment help as well because it provides reliable service to the kids that have no other option of study.

  • Melissa King

    Since technology and the Internet have made it easy to obtain a degree from home, it’s still important to find accredited online colleges to work with when earning your degree.

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