Online Courses Catching On With Students

    October 17, 2007

Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow have released "Learning in the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning." The report examines the role online learning has on students and teachers.

The report found that 47 percent of students in grades 9-12 and 32 percent of students in grades 6-8 would enroll in online classes not offered at school. One in five students in grades 6-12 have taken an online course at school or on their own.

Seventy-seven percent of teachers think that technology makes a difference in learning and 28 percent would favor having online classes offered as an alternative in their district. Forty-two percent of parents believe that online courses are a good way to improve student’s knowledge and to track the progress of their child.

"As schools are exploring new ways to engage today’s students, online learning options are crucial," said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. "Increasingly, students, teachers and parents say that online learning is an essential component of the ideal 21st century school environment."

The findings of Learning in the 21st Century are from data gathered as part of the Speak Up 2006 survey done with more than 250,000 students, teachers and parents representing about 3,000 schools in the United States.