Online learning brings new possibilities to K-12 education:
individualization for a wide variety of learning styles and special
needs; flexibility in scheduling and location; and access to learning
opportunities that may be limited in the traditional classroom due
to funding, geography or a lack of highly qualified teachers at local
it is delivered via the Internet, online learning enables the curriculum,
the classroom and the teacher to meet the student when he or she is
ready to learn. It also provides an alternative for students and families
who prefer the online environment for myriad personal reasons.
Students of all ability levels can use online courses to explore varied interests, accelerate their learning
and explore challenging material at their own pace.
Special-needs students can have lessons tailored
to their strengths and take as much time as they need to master the content, and academically
gifted learners can dig into subjects about which they are passionate with as much depth and
intensity as they can muster.
Parents benefit as well when their children learn online. Online learning allows access to coursework
and assignments at any time, so parents can follow their child’s progress and provide encouragement
and motivation as needed, whether the child is taking one course or a full schedule online. Virtual
schooling adds flexibility to the family’s schedule and allows parents to spend more time with their
children and participate actively in their education. Physical schools and traditional school districts are also benefiting from online learning.