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  • Analyzes characteristics of such computer mediated communication systems as networked multimedia, electronic mail, bulletin boards, and computer conferencing, and situates these systems in the context of the emerging national information infrastructure. Students will participate in on-line communication systems.
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  • Virtual schools are expanding rapidly throughout the United States and abroad, particularly at the high school and middle school levels. The 2004 National Educational Technology Plan predicts that within the next decade every U.S. state and most U.S. schools will be offering some form of K-12 online learning, with an expected ten-fold expansion in the number of students enrolled between 2002 and 2005. Some will be students whose entire school experience will be online (virtual schools), while some will be students taking one or more courses online (virtual schooling).

    Despite this flurry of activity, we are only now beginning to see research on how virtual schools are organized as educational institutions or on how virtual schooling is being integrated with face-to-face schooling. In this course we will examine the different models of the K-12 virtual school and virtual schooling experience in the United States and internationally. We will look at the teachers, students, courses, and schools as institutions. In the first half of the course, we will study the entire range of schools and schooling. Each student will take responsibility for studying one school as we work together to develop a series of comparative case studies. In the second half, we will develop a research program for studying virtual schools and schooling. For a final project, each student will draft a research proposal to study some aspect of virtual schools or virtual schooling.

  • Write a concise and interesting paragraph here that explains what this course is about
  • Write a concise and interesting paragraph here that explains what this course is about
  • Computer Problem Solving and Cooperative Learning
  • Virtual schools are expanding rapidly throughout the United States and abroad, particularly at the high school and middle school levels. The 2004 National Educational Technology Plan predicts that within the next decade every U.S. state and most U.S. schools will be offering some form of K-12 online learning, with an expected ten-fold expansion in the number of students enrolled between 2002 and 2005. Some will be students whose entire school experience will be online (virtual schools), while some will be students taking one or more courses online (virtual schooling).

    Despite this flurry of activity, we are only now beginning to see research on how virtual schools are organized as educational institutions or on how virtual schooling is being integrated with face-to-face schooling. In this course we will examine the different models of the K-12 virtual school and virtual schooling experience in the United States and internationally. We will look at the teachers, students, courses, and schools as institutions. In the first half of the course, we will study the entire range of schools and schooling. Each student will take responsibility for studying one school as we work together to develop a series of comparative case studies. In the second half, we will develop a research program for studying virtual schools and schooling. For a final project, each student will draft a research proposal to study some aspect of virtual schools or virtual schooling.