Busting online learning myths

For the last year, we’ve been working with Digital Learning Now! (DLN), a national campaign supported by ExcelinEd, to tackle eight big topics at the intersection of digital learning and the Common Core, Education Week reports. Today we released the eighth paper in the DLN Smart Series — ” Online Learning: Myths, Reality & Promise.”  The paper brings together regular Smart Series authors from DLN and Getting Smart with co-author Susan Patrick of iNACOL – the leading advocate for online, blended, and competency-based learning. The Smart Series covers topics such as preparing for online assessments, creating comprehensive student learner profiles, implementing blended learning, improving teaching conditions and careers, and funding the shift to digital learning. As we’ve released the papers over the last several months, we’ve been surprised to learn that many of the same outdated myths still persist. Susan Patrick, iNACOL CEO, agrees. “From its advent, online learning has grown because of its potential to increase student access to innovative teachers personalizing learning and individualizing instruction, without the restrictive barriers of place and time,” said Patrick. “Confronting the myths that persist around what online learning is – and isn’t – is key.

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