Even in today’s gloomy business climate, market experts predict that the K-12 online education industry will continue to grow, as rapidly increasing enrollments in virtual schools begin to taper off and the country’s economic troubles persist.
For the Technology Leaders section of Technology Counts 2009, the EPE Research Center collected data on 10 indicators spanning two major areas of state technology policy and practice: use and capacity.
As the world of online education continues to evolve, brick-and-mortar schools are incorporating digital curricula and virtual teachers into their classrooms in ways that have surprised even the advocates of the online education movement.
Although online education is growing as an option for students in K-12 school districts, colleges and universities have been much quicker to develop and provide online courses and incorporate them into their curricula.
Though almost all states now offer online education options to their students, the number of opportunities available and the policies that guide the organization, management, and funding of such programs vary widely.