Virtual World of Learning

The United States has many lessons it can learn from how other countries are deploying virtual education and how it might partner up with those countries in different ways to offer a wider range of educational and cultural experiences to its students. This report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, draws out many of those lessons to be learned from other countries and highlights some of the more distinctive virtual education partnerships emerging between schools in the United States and those outside its borders, while noting the difficulties that arise for educators and schools when taking on such initiatives.


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American students are teaming up online with classrooms around the world to learn valuable lessons about current events, economic trends, and cultural norms.
January 23, 2012 - Education Week

Experts say the real power of open education resources comes not from the fact that they are free, but from the ability to customize the content.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

The use of mobile technology and online content on the continent in various forms is gaining steam as a way to bypass some countries' most significant education hurdles.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

While there are drawbacks—such as technological glitches that interrupt instruction—online educators say the opportunities to build alliances with colleagues worldwide allow them to strengthen their own teaching.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

The country's e-learning initiatives are more standardized than those in the U.S., and they tend to shy away from using private companies to deliver content.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

While there may not be much involvement by private companies in the Canadian online education sector, that doesn't mean the idea of earning profits in this arena is being ignored.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

But, despite the flexibility of online delivery, barriers due to geography and regionalism are slowing plans for future international growth.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

Several schools aiming to better prepare students for a global economy and foster cultural understanding between the United States and China have established online student exchange programs.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

The Chinese government has set a goal of creating digital learning environments for all the country's students by 2020, but the growth of virtual education has lagged behind that of the United States.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

While hand-held mobile learning is viewed in the United States as a recent trend, its roots go further back in the United Kingdom and Western Europe, revealing different approaches.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

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