The Online Academy: A Unique Approach to Virtual High Schooling
Priscilla Norton, George Mason University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Regardless of whether or not e-learning reflects sound educational practice, it is changing the landscape of high school education. Yet, many still wonder: Will e-learning result in better learning? The answer appears to be a resounding no since experts say that most online curricula are simply traditional material copied to the Web. Thus, despite rapid proliferation of e-learning opportunities for K-12 learners – particularly high school learners, there remains an urgent need to understand how to get the most out of its use in support of K-12 teaching and learning. This paper elaborates on an alternative design model, The Online Academy, a virtual high school currently being developed that adopts new pedagogical models to frame emerging learning environments.
Norton, P. (2006). The Online Academy: A Unique Approach to Virtual High Schooling. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2356-2363). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).