Insightful Depiction of Online Learning

For those uninitiated in the world of online education, yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article does a rare, balanced job of describing the finer points of online learning.

Writer Sue Shellenbarger presents the subject from different perspectives. The article explains how online classes work: interactive games and quizzes, collaborative projects and classes, and teachers interacting with students through virtual whiteboards. She explains that, although demand for AP classes has increased in the past 10 years, it’s hard for budget-constrained schools to justify the added expense of offering the courses, so online classes provide an opportunity for those who want it.

Shellenbarger writes about a father who saves thousands of dollars in college tuition by having his two daughters take A.P. classes online. read more…

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