Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning: Student Perspectives

Published on July 16, 2016
Written By: 

Loredana WerthNorthwest Nazarene University

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Eric WerthNorthwest Nazarene University

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Heidi CurtisNorthwest Nazarene University

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Paula KellererNorthwest Nazarene University

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Eric KellererNorthwest Nazarene University

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Sherawn ReberryIdaho Digital Learning Academy

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Niki Walker Idaho Digital Learning Academy

The Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning study provides a perspective of rural students who have engaged in a variety of forms of blended learning. Their perception is valuable to teachers and administrators who might currently be teaching a blended learning course or considering the option of teaching such a course.

The Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning study provides a perspective of rural students who have engaged in a variety of forms of blended learning. Their perception is valuable to teachers and administrators who might currently be teaching a blended learning course or considering the option of teaching such a course.

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With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

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