Online Learning: Myths, Reality & Promise

Online Learning: Myths, Reality & Promise
Originally published July 2013, updated and re-released Summer 2015
Authored by: John Bailey, Susan Patrick, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark
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Infographic (How To Guide)
Infographic (Busting Myths)
In partnership with: Digital Learning NowFoundation for Excellence in Education

This paper is one of nine in the DLN Smart Series – a collection of interactive papers that provides specific guidance regarding the adoption of higher standards and quality assessments focusing on the shift to personal digital learning.

This paper challenges current myths and realities that will advance the field of online learning. In doing so, the authors are candid about the strengths of online learning and offer recommendations on aspects that need additional attention to further strengthen it.

The paper’s sections on myths and realities confront misconceptions about what online learning means for students, teachers and the system as a whole. Key topics include:

  • The range of students served by online learning
  • The power of personalized online learning
  • Daily experiences of online learners and teacher
  • The role of technology, and
  • Evidence in support of online learning.

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