Selecting the Best High School Distance Learning Program

From David W.Butler,
http://distancelearn.about.com/mbiopage.htm
Your Guide to Distance Learning
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Selecting the Best High School Distance Learning Program. Fifty Questions to Ask

Course Quality. Online curricular offerings should be challenging, relevant, and aligned with appropriate national, state, and/or district standards for student learning.


How do course sessions and assignments take advantage of the special circumstances, requirements, and opportunities of the online learning environment?
How does the technical infrastructure supporting the online course provide opportunities for instruction and for interactivity
What is the student-to-teacher ration? Experts suggest that it is best to keep the ratio of students at 25:1 or below.
Is there ample student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction?
How do courses support the development of 21st century learning skills (collaboration, electronic messaging, word processing, doing research online)?
What is the instructional design process for the course?
How does the course design take advantage of the special circumstances, requirements and opportunities of the online learning environment?
How often is the course revised? How often? Who is involved?

Course Structure. Whether the student work is gathered in electronic or hardcopy essay or project form, it is best that the majority of student work be in essay or project form rather than multiple-choice formats.


How convenient will it be to take the online course?
Is there a course start and end date, or is there a flexible amount of time for course completion?
How is the course delivered?
How is student work assigned?
How is student work gathered, stored and assessed?
Is the majority of student work in essay or project form rather than multiple-choice formats
Are courses presented at acceptable times and formats?

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