Online learning is an increasingly attractive option for students. Initially hailed as a game-changer in higher education, over time school districts across the country have brought the e-learning platform into the K-12 arena. Here in Washington over 30,000 students take advantage of this option. Most are high school students (over 70 percent) and most take fewer than five courses.
As a newer education platform, online learning presents opportunities and challenges for teachers and students alike. We talked to a current teacher and two former students to get a better sense of what life is like in a virtual school.
Teachers and students – online and plugged in
Mary Lou Roels teaches English, psychology, sociology and Washington State History with K-12, a tuition-free online public school that operates in Washington and across the county. She works with about 600 students total over the course of a three-semester school year,