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The Future of Education on the Web

Mar 10, 2008
The Future Is Online

Distance learning appears, by all accounts, to be the thing of the future. Indeed, the fame of learning from home - or what used to be called night school - has never been so flagrant. In fact, a lot of elementary and secondary schools are getting involved in the virtual learning bandwagon. As reported by CNN, more than 1/3rd of school zones districts in the United States allow some type of web and video communication courses.

There are no boundaries to the numbers of courses students have available to them. From the fine arts to computer science to art and education, the web has bridged the lengths between professors and students. The basic gain is giving students access to coursework and course schedule previously unavailable to them in certain school districts. Distance courses allow schools and students to resolve scheduling conflicts, giving more flexibility to students who either have to work a portion of the day or participate in after-school activities.

In 2005, according to CNN, an estimated 36% of national school districts, or 5,500 out of 15,000 districts, had students enrolled in distant learning classes. This included students in upper school, middle, and elementary schools. Susan Patrick, who oversaw the Department of Education's Technology Office, expects a giant spike in distance education in the near future
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