Online learning has come a long way since its early champions saw it as a supplement to classroom learning. Skeptics initially questioned the viability of the new model, wondering if it would provide the right levels of support, curriculum, and engagement needed to ensure student success. And while online learning has more than proven itself to be both an alternative to and complementary offering for traditional classroom instruction, some misconceptions still persist.

For example, because virtual instructors aren’t physically present in a classroom, their qualifications and expertise can come into question. The subject matter itself—often thought of as “boring” or “unengaging”—is...

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  • About the Author:

    Carol Ribeiro is the president & CEO of The Virtual High School, a global non-profit organization with the industry’s most extensive catalog of online learning options. With over 20 years of experience in online education management and systems development, Ribeiro has been with the organization since its inception in 1996.