How easy is it to start an online learning program in your District? In my previous district, my team and I had to work hard to sell the idea. What made the difference wasn’t the top level support, but the fact that we just went ahead and rolled out eLearning opportunities for students and staff.
Our course management system of choice was Moodle. The reasons were simple:
- Moodle was free, open source and had a healthy global support community.
- Moodle was relatively easy to show teachers how to use it and it was easy to enhance Moodle.
- I didn’t have to ask for approval from higher-ups to get eLearning going.
Forty-three percent of parents with school-aged children have taken online classes. And when they go through online classes for work or their own education, they increasingly want an online learning experience for their students, said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. That’s why 48 percent of them want more online classes at their high schools…“The demand for online classes from students and parents continues to grow every year,” Evans said, “and from an administrator standpoint, they can’t ignore that — or they should not be ignoring that increasing demand.” (Source: Hispanic Business)
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