Virtual School Meanderings

June 28, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual schools.

1. TI- A NEW KIND OF DisDance Learning: IAE Academy of Performing Arts launches its first semester.
AU- Sherwin, Amanda
JN- Dance Spirit
PD- Summer2020, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p22-22
PG- 1p
IL- 1 Color Photograph
DT- 20200601
PT- Article
AB- The article informs that Independent Artist Entertainment (IAE) and Kalison Studios Education (KSE) have partnered with ICL Academy to launch a virtual school for emerging artists, including dancers.
DE- VIRTUAL schools
IC- 711510 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
IC- 711512 Independent actors, comedians and performers
FT- 195
IS- 10940588
AN- 143835767

2. TI- The Reality of Virtual Schools: A Review of the Literature
AU- Barbour, Michael K.
AU- Reeves, Thomas C.
SO- Computers & Education, v52 n2 p402-416 Feb 2009
VI- 52
IP- 2
DT- 20090201
YR- 2009
SP- 402
EP- 416
PG- 15
PT- Information Analyses
PT- Academic Journal
SU- Elementary Secondary Education; Distance Education; Research Methodology; School Choice; Time Management; Academic Achievement; Online Courses; Adult Basic Education; Adult Learning; Adult Students; Internet; Computer Assisted Instruction; Cognitive Style
SU- Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
AB- Virtual schooling was first employed in the mid-1990s and has become a common method of distance education used in K-12 jurisdictions. The most accepted definition of a virtual school is an entity approved by a state or governing body that offers courses through distance delivery–most commonly using the Internet. While virtual schools can be classified in different ways, the three common methods of delivery are by independent, asynchronous or synchronous means. Presently, the vast majority of virtual school students tended to be a select group of academically capable, motivated, independent learners. The benefits associated with virtual schooling are expanding educational access, providing high-quality learning opportunities, improving student outcomes and skills, allowing for educational choice, and achieving administrative efficiency. However, the research to support these conjectures is limited at best. The challenges associated with virtual schooling include the conclusion that the only students typically successful in online learning environments are those who have independent orientations towards learning, highly motivated by intrinsic sources, and have strong time management, literacy, and technology skills. These characteristics are typically associated with adult learners. This stems from the fact that research into and practice of distance education has typically been targeted to adult learners. The problem with this focus is that adults learn differently than younger learners. Researchers are calling for more research into the factors that account for K-12 student success in distance education and virtual school environments and more design research approaches than traditional comparisons of student achievement in traditional and virtual schools. (Contains 4 tables.)
LA- English
IS- 0360-1315
AN- EJ823142
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2009

Next, I received the alert for cyber schools, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, once again I did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

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