How did you imagine the future of online learning in K-12 five years ago? Did you think entire school districts would adopt digital textbooks? Or that 52% of school administrators would endorse online learning?

Welcome to 2012. Where the typical student interested in online courses is a middle school girl and where “Bring Your Own Device” is a controversial phenomenon. Also, “what’s your flavor”/personalized learning is the norm. Students no longer need to tie themselves down to technology that is only available to them in the classroom. Students wish to learn anywhere, anytime. In fact, nearly 50% of students from grades 9-12 reported interest in taking an online class.

Teachers, your participation in online courses in Professional Development grew 148% since 2007, which directly influences your value proposition on teaching online courses.

At ISTE 2012, Project Tomorrow and Blackboard released the annual Speak Up Findings Report. Almost a half million K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators shared their opinions about the state of K-12 online learning in 2011. The report also reflects on how the K-12 Landscape has changed since 2007.

Download “Learning in the 21st Century: A 5 Year Retrospective on the Growth of Online Learning” and just think: what will K-12 online learning be like in 2017? Will it even be called “online learning”?

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  • Guy Manningham

    Knowing that every child learns differently and some find online classes to be incredibly difficult, I wonder how the schools will dictate who learns online and who uses more traditional learning processes.