Online Learning Tips for High School Students

By Rebecca Wardlow (Provost for Ashford University in San Diego.)
High schools across the country are adding online education to their core curriculum to improve student access to advanced-placement classes, to stimulate more student-teacher interaction and to create new efficiencies in an era of severe budget constraints. The percentage of high school students taking online courses nearly doubled in 2010, to 30 percent, up from 18 percent the previous year, according to the annual Speak Up Survey. High school students, although tech savvy and online for hours a day, can face a tough transition into online learning. Teens often don’t have the frame of reference and discipline necessary to succeed in what may falsely seem to be an unstructured learning environment.

The initial impression may be that an online class won’t be as rigorous as one in a traditional classroom. Actually, online learning can be more rigorous. There is no credit for attendance. Students only get credit for the quality of the work submitted – no hiding in the back of the classroom.

So how can high school students succeed in their first online learning experience?

Read rest of story (and very good recommendations) here.

What are your thoughts about online education? Do you feel that it is a natural progression of technology with the wired generation, or does the student lose the benefit of one-on-one instruction?

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