After reading many of the other predictions for 2007 (Stephen Abrams, Wesley Fryer, David Warlick, and Gregg Downey ), I thought I would offer one of my own: The number of K-12 students in online courses will increase.
This was spurred on by the announcement by the US Distance Learning Association that they will be publishing a quarterly “Distance Learning Insert” into USA Today – the first one will be included with the January 5, 2007 USA Today issue. In the announcement, John Flores, CEO of USDLA states:
“Distance learning is transforming the American educational landscape, through on-line technology, video conferencing systems, satellite delivery and other media,” Dr. John G. Flores, Chief Executive Officer of USDLA said. “We expect this supplement to be an invaluable guide for millions of present and potential distance learners as well as a means for our member institutions and corporate sponsors to reach them.”
Secondly, these various recent reports indicate that online learning will continue to increase – any one of these reports will show you the trend – in K-12, higher ed and internationally.
- Nov. 2006 Article and charts from Education Sector: “Students are streaming to state virtual schools.”
- Nov. 2006 Report: “Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: A Review of State Level Policy and Practice.” (pdf)
- Nov. 2006 Report written by NACOL and the Partnership for the 21st Schools: “Virtual Schools and 21st Century Schools.” (pdf)
- Nov. 2006 Report supported by various educational organizations: “Americas Digital Schools 2006, A Five Year Forecast, Mobilizing the Curriculum.”
- Nov. 2006 – From Educause: “The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.”
- Nov. 2006 – Sponsored by NACOL: “An International Perspective of Online Learning.” (pdf)