E-Learning for Special Populations

This special report, another installment in Education Week's series on virtual education, examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school. It shows the barriers that exist for greater participation among special populations, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of this approach. It also looks at the funding tactics schools are using to build virtual education programs for special populations and the evolving professional-development needs for these efforts.


Download the interactive PDF version of the report, E-Learning for Special Populations.

This special report examines e-learning opportunities for students in special populations.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

But obstacles to greater participation remain, and questions persist about what works best for students with disabilities.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

Experts say a single software platform might accommodate learning differences of a number of students with disabilities.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

Districts across the country are tapping into a variety of financial sources, such as federal Title I money, to build and sustain virtual education programs.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

E-learning programs evolve to meet the needs of a fast-growing population of children with autism, but experts caution that online learning can have drawbacks for these students.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

Individualized attention and expanded course selection are among the advantages for these students as schools work to offer programs under tighter budgets.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

English-language learners remain underenrolled in virtual-learning programs, despite the prospect of such benefits as self-paced study and an adaptive curriculum.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

Online education can offer at-risk students a fresh start and welcome flexibility, but they also need support to help them take responsibility for their own learning.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

E-learning can benefit students with disabilities, English-language learners, and gifted and talented students, but researchers are still searching for the best approaches.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

Teachers who work with special education students in an online environment benefit from intense, targeted instruction to assure they meet students' needs.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week

On-Demand Webinar


Sept. 20, 2011, 2 p.m. EDT
Reaching Students With Special Needs Through E-Learning

Learn more about new e-learning strategies for students with special needs, the latest assistive technologies, and how online education can provide special populations of students with the personalized learning they’re looking for.

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