K12 Online Learning A Global Perspective

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Unformatted text preview: An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International E-Learning Survey Research and Writing by Allison Powell and Susan Patrick North American Council for Online Learning November 2006 We would like to thank the e-Learning leaders and the Ministries of Education for their participation in the first North American Council for Online Learning International Questionnaire. Without their help, this summary would not be possible. Colin Gould - New South Wales, Australia Gerry White, Garry Putland, Kathy Moyle, and Roger Edmonds - South Australia Rob Gilmour and Dr. Rosina Smith - Ontario, Canada Robert Bibeau, Beverly White, Christaiane Dufour, Margaret Dupuis, Pierre Drouin, and Robert Rochon - Quebec, Canada Dr. Ji Yongping - China CK CHOI (Mr.) - Hong Kong Maryam Mokhtarihasanabad - Iran Ikuya MURATA - Japan Aitymov Zhandos - Kazakhstan Rojanth Pande - Nepal Murray Brown and Peter Guiney - New Zealand Ms. Lee Sai Choo, Dr. Tan Seng Chee, Mr. Ang Pow Chew, and Dr. Daniel Tan - Singapore Mr. Samuel John Tayli, and Dr. Jacob Ilkiuyoni - Tanzania Muvaffak Gozaydin - Turkey Paul Fairbrother and Michelle Selinger - United Kingdom Daga Makaza - Zimbabwe An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International E-Learning Survey Introduction In the United States, there were more than 500,000 enrollments in online courses in grades K-12 and more than one-third of public school districts offered some type of eLearning during the 2005-2006 school year. Research has been done on several virtual schools in North America; however, little information is available about current K-12 e-Learning initiatives across the world. The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) surveyed over 30 countries in order to highlight international trends in online learning, identify online learning initiatives and projects in individual countries, and to promote international dialogue for future collaboration. E-Learning leaders from Ministries of Education and virtual schools provided NACOL with the latest information on the following topics: current initiatives, funding, student populations, content development and quality control, professional development, and current trends and obstacles. A summary of each country's returned questionnaire is described in this paper. For the purpose of this study, online learning is defined as "education in which instruction and content are delivered primarily via the Internet." Such online learning may include a range of Web-based resources, media, tools, interactivity, and curricular or instructional approaches. Internationally, a variety of terms are used to describe online learning--including distance education, virtual schools, virtual learning, e-Learning, electronic learning. In general, the common theme is that this type of learning takes place over the Internet. As a reference, the age range for students is 5-18 years (elementary and secondary education). reference, the age range for students is 5-18 years (elementary and secondary education)....
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