Four key parts of successful online education programs


  • More professional development. As is the case with any new program in schools, teacher training is critical to the program’s success.
  • More student training. Students need to understand the attendance and homework commitment and have clear guidelines on how to be successful in an online learning program.
  • Better reporting tools. Within the online learning system, the data should be updated in real-time and available in an easy-to-digest format for the teachers and mentors. Additionally, face-to-face teachers should have access to this data and/or the data should feed into other online systems used in the district so there is one place to find all the relevant data on a student.

Other attributes deemed necessary for success in any of the three online learning formats include:

  • Offering remediation on prerequisite concepts needed for a course.
  • Student training and preparation.
  • Allowing students to test out of concepts previously mastered.
  • Dedicated administrators.
  • Broad course catalog.
  • Offering enough opportunities for face-to-face interaction with teachers and other students.

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Laura Ascione

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