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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Demand for Online Learning Increases as More K-12 Students Deem it "Essential"

Number of High School Students Learning Online Triples in Three Years, Survey Shows

In just three years, the number of high school students who have access to online learning has tripled, while twice as many middle school students are now learning online according to a survey report from Project Tomorrow® and Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB).

More than 40 percent of students now designate online classes as an essential component of their learning experience with administrators and parents also becoming more supportive of this vision. In two years' time, 39 percent more administrators and five times as many parents incorporate online classes into their vision for the ultimate school.

The findings are included in the report, Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update, an analysis prepared by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow using data from Project Tomorrow's annual Speak Up National Research Project. The 2010 Speak Up surveys captured views on online education and 21st century learning from more than 379,000 U.S. K-12 students, parents, educators and college students enrolled in teacher preparation programs.

The 2011 Trends Update provides insight on the state of online learning by answering the following key questions:
  • Who is learning online?
  • What is propelling this new level of interest and excitement around online learning?
  • Can online learning really transform the learning process?
  • What is standing in the way of greater adoption of online learning in our nation’s schools?
  • What are the most effective motivators to increase the pool of teachers who want to teacher online?
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Source:Sacramento Bee