This resource examines results from an online questionnaire that explores online and distance learning courses in Memphis area high schools.
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Major Findings & Recommendations
Highlights from the survey findings are listed below.
- More than 80 percent of responding schools used online or distance learning courses in 2012/13.
- Of the 17 responding schools, 7 used both online and distance learning courses, 6 used online courses only, 1 used distance learning courses only, and 3 offered neither.
- Online courses were used more and had higher enrollments than distance learning courses.
- Schools that used online or distance learning did so primarily to offer dual enrollment, enabling students to enroll in a college or university and earn college credit while also enrolled in high school.
- Eight-five percent of schools that offered online courses identified providing an opportunity for students to accelerate credit accumulation as a ‘very important’ reason for offering the courses.
- Barriers to offering online courses include limited available technology and lack of supervision for students.