Quality Control a Challenge for Virtual Ed.
States trying to figure out the best approaches for evaluating online learning
As online learning has entered the mainstream—with roughly a third of the nation's high school students enrolled in at least one online course, according to a report released in June 2011—more states have created policies, procedures, and even organizations for evaluating the quality of such courses and other online content available to students.
But instituting those quality-control measures is not without challenges.
For starters, the creation of such systems often requires legislation, which must be crafted by lawmakers who aren't always familiar with online learning's nuances and may not be eager to launch new programs...
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