The Virtual High School: Teaching Generation V / Edition 1

The Virtual High School: Teaching Generation V / Edition 1

by Andrew Zucker, Robert Kozma, Louise Yarnall, Camille Marder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807742864

ISBN-13: 9780807742860

Pub. Date: 01/10/2003

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Just a decade ago, the notion of attending high school on the Internet seemed futuristic. Yet, today, thousands of students are doing just that. This authoritative volume is the first to provide a thorough, detailed account of the virtual high school. Based on a 5-year study conducted by experienced researchers at SRI International, this book answers such questions as

Overview

Just a decade ago, the notion of attending high school on the Internet seemed futuristic. Yet, today, thousands of students are doing just that. This authoritative volume is the first to provide a thorough, detailed account of the virtual high school. Based on a 5-year study conducted by experienced researchers at SRI International, this book answers such questions as: What is the difference between an online and a face-to-face classroom? What is it like to take, or to teach, an online course? Are online courses effective? What are the problems with its use? Will this new technology change the way teaching and learning is done?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807742860
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
01/10/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
1.Online Learning and Educational Change1
The Promise (and Problems) of Technology for Educational Change2
Origins of the Virtual High School6
Other Online Schools10
Tinkering Toward Utopia13
Major Questions That Organize This Book15
2.The Virtual High School18
The Structure of VHS19
Participating Schools21
VHS Teachers22
The Teachers Learning Conference23
VHS Students26
The Catalog and the School Calendar27
Course Credit28
Site Coordinators32
VHS Central Staff33
Technological Infrastructure34
Evaluation Activities35
One High School's Experiences with VHS36
Comparisons of VHS with Other Online Schools40
Summary and Conclusions45
3.The VHS Experience48
The LearningSpace Environment and an Exemplary VHS NetCourse49
The Experience in Other VHS NetCourses60
Comparison of VHS and Face-to-Face Courses68
What Makes a Good Virtual Course?72
Experiences in Other Online Programs79
Conclusions80
4.Outcomes of a Virtual School82
Participants' Satisfaction with VHS82
Outcomes of Students' Participation in VHS Courses84
VHS's Impacts on Teachers96
Outcomes for Administrators and Schools97
Outcomes for Other Virtual Schools98
Conclusions99
5.Lessons Learned100
Lessons from VHS101
Lessons About Virtual Schooling109
Conclusions121
6.The Future of Virtual High Schools123
Why Virtual Secondary Education Is Growing124
Potential Barriers to the Growth of Virtual Schooling129
Approaches to Virtual Schooling133
What Does the Future Hold?137
References147
Index151
About the Authors159

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