After reading the resources I believe that online learning is evolving at a very rapid pace.
The article Top Ten Myths about Virtual Schools is really very relevant to the how people view virtual schooling and online learning. I think it will take a lot of effort and marketing to overcome the myths.
In relationship to my original post I don’t believe I leaned lean toward any of the myths, now anyway, as I have in the past. My understanding of online learning has changed through my experience and education. I have heard students and parents repeat some of the myths. I think myth number seven is probably the one that I have heard students and parents agree with the most. From my experience I have found that online courses are just as rigorous, if not more so than face-to-face courses.
It think Clark’s (2007) article in this week’s reading provides a great foundation of the history of virtual courses. Sometimes, I wonder why the history or timeline of online learning is not included as part of the introduction of online learning. Perhaps it would give students some insight that technology of today has evolved and this is not something new just for today, but it has been around and been successful.
I did at one time think myth nine was true in the fact that the virtual or online courses needed to be connected via the use and integration of technology. Because the technology was the center focus and took away from the course content. I can understand the misgiving as the technology seemed to be taking the forefront rather than the content of the course if students had a hard time getting connections or accessing the course. What makes the difference is the teacher and how well the course is designed. Teachers are the directors, designers and delivers of the material the technology is the resource tool.
While watching Dr. Siko’s presentation on You-Tube, I was surprised to hear Michigan was the first state to initiate a requirement for all students to have an online experience. In addition, that online courses would be outsourced by school districts. How are teachers and educators going to overcome these myths about virtual schools? Will these myths fade as virtual schools become more successful?