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Some weeks ago, K12, Inc. announced K12 Inc. Releases 24 New AP® Exam Prep Apps for Mobile Devices. Essentially, they had produced the following apps:
- AP Exam Prep Biology
- AP Exam Prep Calculus AB
- AP Exam Prep Calculus BC
- AP Exam Prep English Language and Composition
- AP Exam Prep English Literature and Composition
- AP Exam Prep Environmental Science
- AP Exam Prep European History
- AP Exam Prep Psychology
- AP Exam Prep Statistics
- AP Exam Prep U.S. Government and Politics
- AP Exam Prep U.S. History
- AP Exam Prep World History
They have a good commercial on YouTube that tours the AP Exam Prep World History.
They described that:
“Full-function “Lite” versions of all 12 AP Exam Prep apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes, GooglePlay and the Amazon AppStore. A one-time in-app purchase of $9.99 – 11.99 will unlock the full content. Teachers and administrators can also take advantage of the 50% discount available for schools through the Apple Volume Purchase Program, where a paid “Full” version of the app is available.”
I’ve downloaded all of the lite versions, but haven’t had much of a chance to play around yet. If it is anything like their other apps, and I suspect that it is, you can get a sense of the style of these apps from my Review of iPhone App – Algebra I Study Review (which I downloaded when it was free for one weekend).
This came through yesterday morning – note still no Yahoo stock alerts (I may have to switch to Google).
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Last week I mentioned about the NCAA’s decision concerning the acceptance of courses from a number of K12, Inc. schools.
As I mentioned in that earlier entry, K12, Inc. has responded.
It is interesting to review the range of responses. As I mentioned in my initial response, I doesn’t disagree with this decision. I have often been supportive of the moves that the NCAA has made when it comes to online learning. For example, this isn’t the first time that the NCAA has found K12, Inc. programs to be of questionable quality (see K12 Inc.: The Skirmish In Seminole County And The Desperate Race and NCAA Calls Into Question the Quality Of Two Online Learning Programs).
And contrary to what K12, Inc. officials will say the guidelines are fairly transparent – and sensible based on what we know about K-12 online learning. For example, in the NCAA guidelines (based on proposal 2009-64) they indicate:
Courses taught via the Internet, distance learning, independent study, individualized instruction, correspondence, and courses taught by similar means may be used to satisfy NCAA core-course requirements if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
(a) The course meets all requirements for a core course as defined in Bylaw 126.96.36.199;
(b) The instructor and the student have ongoing access to one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course;
(c) The instructor and the student have regular interaction with one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course;
(d) The student’s work (e.g., exams, papers, assignments) is available for evaluation and validation;
(e) Evaluation of the student’s work is conducted by the appropriate academic authorities in accordance with the high school’s established academic policies;
(f) The course includes a defined time period for completion; and
(g) The course is acceptable for any student and is placed on the high school transcript.
Anyone see anything particularly wrong with these requirements? From my perspective, I believe you’re right to call into question the quality of K-12 online learning that doesn’t meet these requirements.