The May 2010 podcast is a recording of the second presentation that I made at the AERA 2010 conference, and was also the third Monday session related to K-12 online learning. It was described in the program as:
Scheduled Time: Mon, May 3 – 10:35am – 12:05pm Building/Room: Sheraton Denver / Grand Ballroom Section 2
In Session Submission: Rural Education SIG: Roundtable 7
Authors: *Dennis M. Mulcahy (Memorial University – Newfoundland)
*Michael Kristopher Barbour (Wayne State University)
Abstract: As out-migration ravages rural regions in Newfoundland and Labrador, more schools are relying upon virtual schooling to offer courses students require to graduate. There are concerns that virtual schooling has been shown to be an effective alternative, primarily, for a select group of students. However, with a wider range of students forced into this largely independent learning environment, data from Ministry of Education reports indicate that rural schools who rely upon the CDLI for their required course offering have a substantially higher than average enrollment in basic level courses. If the reason for this is due to students trying to avoid online courses, significant changes are required in the design, delivery and support of the province’s virtual school.
As always, the actual podcast is in the entry that immediately follows this one.
Note that this entry and the actual podcast are backdated to the time of the event.
Also note this entry is crossposted as VSM Podcast – AERA 2010: Duck And Cover: Are Rural Students Taking Basic Courses To Avoid Taking Them Online? Introduction at the AERA Rural Education Special Interest Group blog.