What are the major options in adopting online learning?

A school district considering the use of online learning faces a number of choices:

What is the target group of students — what subjects and what types of students, for example, gifted, needing extra help, dropping out, homebound from illness, etc.?

What role is intended for the online product?

  • Support for and enhancement of class room learning (homework, presentations, etc.)
  • Support for local teachers in providing online learning
    • Platform (communications, repository, tools)
    • Platform plus content
  • Turnkey — fully automated or with teaching support from staff of the provider

 What is the operational model for the product?

  • Distance learning – online communication with remote teacher
    • Electronic correspondence
      • Synchronous – online chat and/or video
      • Asynchronous – e-mail
  • True online learning
    • Computer delivery of content
    • Computer administration of testing
    • Computer provision of oversight reporting

 What type of provider does the school want to work with?

  • Standalone private online education provider
  • State or local K12 school system
  • Higher education institution – in-state or out-of-state

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.