Teachers have traditionally taught students in a classroom with a certain grade level. This method has worked for years without the need to revamp the way that a lesson is taught. As technology have improved and become available to students, so has the incorporation of technology in the classroom.
Distance education dates back to the early 1700s; however, over the years distance education has transformed and moved to different delivery methods (Shelly 519). In fact, most education institutions refer to distance education today as courses that are primarily taught using the Internet and that deliver Internet-based courses in many different forms or modalities (Shelly 519). A virtual school is a school that is offered over the World Wide Web. This method of teaching is offered to students in high school as well as college students. What makes these classes unique is that they are convenient, flexible, and accessible from any location. The online classes are accessed over the Internet or through a school network where a student can get class assignments, take tests, read bulletins; work on team projects, and read grades. Some students decide to take a class online because of their location to a physical school, like a student in a rural area and some students decide to take a course online because of disability or because they are homebound due to illness. Online schools also offer credit recovery. Credit Recovery is defined as a means to regain credit toward graduation for a course that a student was unsuccessful in earning in academic credit previously. The focus of credit recovery programs is providing students a way to stay in school and graduate on time (Shelly 520).
Some of the advantages for the students are the convenience of the classroom settings. Students get to choose where they would like to sit down and do their work and get to decide how much time they put into it. Teachers have an advantage with virtual learning as well. Teachers get to find new and creative ways to educate in a different setting. Teachers get to observe what the students are thinking and saying in the bulletin and teachers get to evaluate almost immediately the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of an assignment. Also, teachers can teach more students than the traditional classroom amount in different locations at the same time.
There is not a textbook skill that you need in order to learn online. A basic knowledge of the Internet is helpful as well as the ability to be able to maneuver through different links and the ability to work through a problem with little to no help. There are online training for students that are starting the process of online classes. The FLVS website has a training course for the students to get information on how online classes work and if it’s the right thing for them. When conducting distance education instruction, such as in a virtual learning environment, teachers can use an array of eLearning teaching tools and...