Distance Learning Update, 1/30/08

My wife and I live with four teenage girls under our roof. Every day, for us, is an exercise to remain relevant.

Extend the example to a school system with 8200 diverse students—a microcosm of our local population, which spans the gamut of human potential. Every day, for that school system is an exercise in remaining relevant.

One way to remain relevant is to expand the set of options. In North Carolina, we are on the forefront of this with some nifty distance learning opportunities for our middle and high school students.

Students take distance or virtual courses for various reasons. Maybe it’s a scheduling conflict, or availability, or medical, or juicing the GPA. Every student who takes a virtual course has a unique story. Here is one girl’s story of how distance learning be of value to students?

Two free distance learning options exist for NC middle and high students—

Here are the most recent stats from North Carolina Virtual Public School—

  • Total NCVPS enrollment since June 1, 2007 is 17,661 students
  • Fall 2007 Course enrollment was 4,384
  • Spring 2008 enrollment is 6,301
  • LEO enrollment is 1,113 as of 1/22/08
  • 38% of fall 2007 semester grades were A or B
Here is the breakdown of how our Carteret County distance learning students performed in Fall 2007. 62% of Carteret County students made A’s or B’s!
  • 34 class enrollments
  • A = 15
  • B = 7
  • C = 2
  • D = 1
  • F = 3
  • WF = 5
  • WP = 2
Finally, here is the ultimate, over-the-top example of an on-line class. This class, free to NC high school students, counts as a college credit at State, Carolina, UNC-G and other state schools:
ECO 201: Principles of Microeconomics
Alien beings end up on a desolate planet earth and have to figure out how to survive.A first of its kind and taught entirely as an ONLINE GAME, this course introduces microeconomic principles and analysis. Topics include: the market economy, supply and demand, shortages and surpluses, competition and monopoly, international trade, and public policy issues.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing (social and behavioral science)
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