Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Penelope Walters Swenson
Online learning is delivered via the Internet. Courses or learning experiences are designed to take advantage of being online and having a range of tools and options not available in the same ways within a traditional classroom. It offers a rich potential to students, and this potential is beginning to be tapped by school leaders. Before online learning became widely available and affordable, students in small high schools frequently were unable to take advanced placement courses. They were restricted to a single foreign language option. Often physics or other higher-level science classes were not taught, and even years 3 and 4 of foreign languages were taught together, denying students opportunities to engage in programs that would enable them to be prepared for college and career. Online learning has increased the options and opportunities for students. In the academic year 2002–2003, approximately 8,200 public K–12 schools had students engaged in distance ...