Response to mandating online learning in high school

As mentioned in this blog earlier this week, Patricia Deubel, Ph.D, questioned in “The Journal” whether  Should States Mandate Online Learning.”

By the end of the week, officials from the Michigan Department of Education – Bruce Umpstead, Director, & Barbara Fardell, Manager, Office of Educational Technology & Data Coordination Michigan Department of Education – wrote a response to Dr. Deubel’s comments.  In their response they explained what the Michigan Law regarding online learning really means.  One of the reasons for the new law, which takes effect in 2011:

“Truly, we live in exponential times, where adults have become Digital Immigrants and students Digital Natives, where each day students spend 6.2 hours using electronic media. It is estimated by a student’s 21 st birthday, he or she will have personally sent more than 250,000 messages. Currently, the amount of new technology is doubling every two years. It is predicted to double every 72 hours by 2010.

I particularly appreciated their quote from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm:

“”Our online learning requirement makes Michigan a leader among all the states in using the power of the Internet to create learning opportunities in the classroom, the home, and the workplace. In a world that demands life long learning, we are giving our students and our state a competitive advantage when it comes to landing the good-paying jobs of the 21st Century economy.”

A well written response.


2 Responses to “Response to mandating online learning in high school”

  1. 1 Meghan Anderson January 28, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    One of the great things about online classes are that there are formats for every personality type. Some require only online interaction and some require a mix of traditional learning with virtual. With the amazing speed of technology it’s important that everyone have some sort of experience. There’s no getting around the fact it will be a needed skill for whatever career path you choose. Mandating everyone to at least try one class is not really a bad thing.


  2. 2 Victor January 29, 2007 at 10:28 am

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