Virtual learning is the future — the very near future — but there are troubling signs it “may not transform American education, but instead replicate many of its worst features,” writes Bill Tucker on Education Sector.
Even the annual “Keeping Pace with K–12 Online Learning” report, sponsored by a number of leading online learning organizations, cautions that “purchasing practices are outpacing available measures of quality.”
Virtual learning models are evolving to include “sophisticated gaming, adaptive assessment, and a variety of social networking platforms,” Tucker writes. We need to be “open to new formats, methods, and providers — including public, nonprofit, and private.”
But new isn’t always better. And traditional districts and businesses may resist innovation and “lack incentives to adopt new and potentially more productive and effective options.”