In 2006, more than 250,000 students, teachers and parents responded to the NetDay Speak Up survey, sharing their views of educational topics important to the K-12 community. Amongst the topics explored, survey questions covered numerous areas of e-Learning, including online learning, digital media and social networking.
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow, a national nonprofit education group based in Irvine, CA, compiled the survey results, added further insight provided by educators during direct interviews, and recently released a report titled “Learning in the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning.” This 11-page report includes valuable information from over 3,000 schools nationwide and, specifically, their views of online learning.
While compiling research for this report, we found that as the use of computing and networking technologies proliferates in K-12 schools and across districts, educators increasingly incorporate online tools and resources into their curricula—some teachers and instructors even replace traditional classroom interaction with “virtual” courses that take place entirely online. The findings included in “Learning in the 21st Century” underscore the critical and ever-expanding role online learning plays in efforts to increase student and teacher achievement.