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Is Online Learning For You?

According to the foremost authority on online learning (The Sloan Consortium), over 1,030,000 K-12 students are enrolled in online courses.  This is a 47% increase in enrollment from the 2005-2006 school year.  Online learning is meeting the needs for a wide range of students, from those who need extra help to those who wish to take college-level courses.

So, is online learning for you?  Please answer these questions to see if you are a good candidate for success in online learning.

  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Are you self-motivated?
  • Are you self-disciplined?
  • Are you willing to speak up if problems arise?
  • Are you willing to commit at least 7 1/2 hours per week to an online course?  (Research
  •   has shown that online courses may take MORE time than face-to-face courses.)
  • Are you willing to accept critical thinking and decision making as part of the learning process?
  • Do you have access to a computer with Internet access?
  • Will you log on to your course every day?
  • Will you be polite and respectful in your correspondence with both your classmates and your online instructor?
  • Are you organized?
  • Will you be able to manage your time efficiently to complete and post all assignments by the due dates?
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If you answered yes to the questions above, you may be a potential candidate for online learning.  You will need to check out the links above for the online providers approved by Burke County Public Schools (APEX, NCVPS, and WPCC).

If you have additional questions about online learning in Burke County, please contact the ELA (E-Learning Advisor) at your particular school, your school counselor, or the Burke County Distance Learning Advisor:

Debbie Kincaid
Email:  dkincaid@burke.k12.nc.us
Work Phone:  828.438.2930
Cell Phone:  828.502.9637

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Links
 3102 - Online Education Policy for Students
 NCVPS Calendar - Summer 2011