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October 22, 2014

Article Notice – Autonomy and Responsibility: Online Learning as a Solution for At-Risk High School Students

This came across my electronic desk yesterday…  Please note that it is a “research brief,” and not a full research article (see below for the journal description of a research brief).

Autonomy and Responsibility: Online Learning as a Solution for At-Risk High School Students

Somer Lewis, Aimee L. Whiteside, and Amy Garrett Dikkers

VOL. 29, No. 1 – International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education


In this three-year, mixed methods case study, the benefits and challenges of online learning for at-risk high school students were examined. A key finding was that at-risk students identify the benefits and challenges of online learning to be the same. While students appreciate the opportunity to work ahead and study at their own pace, they see it as a challenge to be responsible for their own learning and manage their time. The authors of this paper argue that, with proper support structures in place, students who are at-risk for dropping out can overcome challenges and find success in an online learning environment.


Dans cette étude de cas à méthodes mixtes, échelonnée sur une période de trois ans, les avantages et les défis de l’apprentissage en ligne pour des élèves à risque au secondaire ont été examinés. Une des principales conclusions était que les élèves à risque identifient que les avantages et les défis de l’apprentissage en ligne sont les mêmes. Alors que les étudiants apprécient l’opportunité de travailler à l’avance et d’étudier à leur propre rythme, ils le voient comme un défi d’être responsables de leur propre apprentissage et de gérer leur temps. Les auteurs de ce document affirment qu’avec des structures de soutien appropriées en place, les élèves qui sont à risque de décrochage peuvent surmonter les défis et trouver le succès dans un environnement d’apprentissage en ligne.


Please note:

Research Brief

Research briefs are short articles in this new section that report on pilot studies, studies based on a single site, and studies with small samples that would limit generalization. Research briefs serve to stimulate further research or alert researchers to work in progress.

October 21, 2014

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New Webinars | Make Interactive Digital Content, Use Flipagram, Student Collaboration

An edWeb item that focuses on K-12 online learning…

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FETC Virtual Conference Opens This Thursday: Register Now!

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

FETCV Virtual Fall 2014: October 23, 2014

Free Virtual Conference OpensThis Thursday!

Dear Michael Barbour,

There’s still time to register for and attend the free, online FETC Virtual Conference going live this Thursday, October 23—that’s just 3 days away!


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