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Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update

Released at ISTE, Jun 28th, 2011

Report CoverLearning in the 21st Century, 2011 Trends Update highlights the Speak Up 2010 survey data collected from 379,285 K-12 students, parents and educators and illustrates how online learning is changing the classroom paradigm within our nation’s schools. In the report, we focus on five key questions and provide new national data findings to help inform local, state and national discussions around online learning. This year’s five key questions are:

  • Who is learning online?
  • What is propelling this new level of interest and excite¬ment around online learning?
  • Can online learning really transform the learning process?
  • What is standing in the way of greater adoption of online learning in our nation’s schools?
  • What are the most effective motivators to increase the pool of teachers who want to teach online?

Key trends highlighted in the report include:

  • Three times as many high school students have access to online learning and twice as many middle school students are learning online, since Speak Up 2007.
  • More than 40 percent of students now designate online classes as an essential component of their learning experience. Administrators and parents are increasingly supporting the students’ vision for learning online.
  • A growing number of educators are learning online. A majority of librarians (50 percent) and 27 percent of teachers have participated in fully online professional development classes or workshops, and 36 percent of administrators report experience with online learning as part of their professional tasks.
  • As online learning grows, administrators are shifting their perspective about what it takes to be successful. Administrators are concerned with the quality of the student-teacher interaction online (30 percent), creating academically rigorous online courses (28 percent) and evaluating the quality of online courses (26 percent).

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