IT 5650 Miyashita Trends Analysis Presentation Handout

Trends in K-12 E-Learning Mark Miyashita University of Colorado Denver

IT 5650 Miyashita Trends Analysis Presentation Handout

Abstract Trends in K-12 E-learning is an important topic in the expansion and popularity of distance learning, as it develops across the United States. With the expansion of technology, many questions are being asked about how to incorporate these ideas into the classroom and promote students to think and learn beyond the traditional walls of a school. Growth in e learning has increased tremendously over the past decade as more school officials explore the opportunities that it provides. According to Sloan (2008): ← Three quarters of the responding public school districts are offering online or blended courses: • 75% had one or more students enrolled in a fully online or blended course. • 70% had one or more students enrolled in a fully online course. • 41% had one or more students enrolled in a blended course These percentages represent an increase of approximately 10% since 2005-2006. • 66% of school districts with students enrolled in online or blended courses anticipate their online enrollments will grow. • The overall number of K-12 students engaged in online courses in 2007-2008, is estimated at 1,030,000. This represents a 47% increase since 2005-2006. The implementation and expansion of e-learning has allowed for students to personalize their educational experience, no longer relying upon the group pacing of the traditional brick and mortar school. According to Kruse: • “Synchronous e-learning is self-paced. Advanced learners are allowed to speed through or bypass instruction that is redundant while novices slow their own progress through content, eliminating frustration with themselves, their fellow learners, and the course.” Student achievements has not lagged in e-learning courses and in many instances students taking these courses have scored just as well as students in the traditional face-to-face settings. The ability to save money in a time of financial challenges has pushed many school officials to look at the introduction of e-learning models. Although, there will be significant initial costs, the long term savings can be provided for in a reduction of physical buildings, transportation, paper, and staff reductions that are only needed in the traditional educational setting. These savings will allow for money to be invested in updated technology allowing for better servers, bandwidth, and hardware to run the e-learning courses. Some of the obstacles faced in implementing e learning are stated by Coffey (2009) “The K-12 sector has been slower in embracing virtual schools because of lack of network access, a face-to-face teaching culture that includes some political resistance, and lack of teacher training. The main limitations for expansion of distance education in the K-12 sector include costs of course development, lack of technological infrastructure, concerns about the quality of online courses, federal, state and district restrictions, and uncertainty about funding for students at a distance.” Overall, the opportunities in e learning are expanding and those associated with education will face many new challenges as it continues to grow and become part of the fabric of the American education system.

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