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Could net-neutrality ruling hinder online education?
Could net-neutrality ruling hinder online education?

A federal court threw the future of internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt April 6 with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission. The…


National Broadband Plan focuses on e-Rate, online learning
National Broadband Plan focuses on e-Rate, online learning

More students should have access to online learning, and the federal e-Rate program should be more widely deployed and should embrace and encourage innovation, according to the National Broadband Plan.


New tools will make online courses more accessible
New tools will make online courses more accessible

Florida Virtual School, a pioneer in K-12 online learning, is adding to its reputation as a national innovator with the introduction of read-aloud functionality and other accessibility tools in its…


Interest in hybrid courses on the rise
Interest in hybrid courses on the rise

A growing number of schools now offer what's known as “hybrid” courses, which mix an online experience with traditional classroom learning.


Has Google developed the next wave of online education?
Has Google developed the next wave of online education?

Combining text, audio, and video chat with features like drag-and-drop documents and interactive polls, Google Wave is a free web program that could add unprecedented depth to student interaction, many…


States boost access to online education

A new survey intended to evaluate online-learning policies and practices from coast to coast reveals significant growth in state and district support for this instructional model at the K-12 level.…


Funding advice for online learning

As online learning continues to gain momentum across the country, education experts are warning that policies surrounding this popular learning option are shaky at best. A new report by the…


ED: Blended learning helps boost achievement
ED: Blended learning helps boost achievement

A new analysis of existing online-learning research by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) reveals that students who took all or part of their class on line performed better, on…


Study: Students want more online learning

Despite a growing interest in online learning among students, the availability of online classes in K-12 schools and districts hasn't kept pace with the demand, according to a new report…


Report: Online learning a ‘lifeline’ in rural areas

Online learning offers a lifeline--especially for rural schools, according to a recent study that also predicts "blended learning" could be the way most students learn in the future. Key words:…


Internships help prepare future online teachers

As virtual schooling continues to surge in popularity, there is a growing need for new K-12 teachers who understand how to teach in an online environment successfully. To help meet…


Why some students prefer virtual schooling

What motivates a growing number of virtual-school students to forgo the traditional school structure and take their classes entirely online? At the Virtual School Symposium hosted by the North American…


Report challenges online-learning assumptions

Some critics of distance learning say face-to-face classes give students a better learning environment, but a recent Indiana University study found that online learners reported deeper approaches to learning than…


These traits make online teachers successful

What are the qualities that help instructors succeed when teaching online? That was the focus of a lively discussion at the 14th annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning Nov.…


Panelists: Online learning can help minority students

As online learning becomes more of a strategic resource for K-12 and higher-education institutions to supplement traditional courses, education leaders are starting to discuss how online learning can help support…