Poll of the Future of Online Learning

| May 19, 2010

Over the past 10 years online learning has taken off. According to the U.S. Department of Education e-learning, or virtual school instruction, is now offered by about 25 percent of all K-12 public schools, it is even required for graduation in Michigan and Alabama.

Currently, the results of the poll, ‘What Will Online Education Look Like in 20 Years?’ featured onĀ Edutopia, shows the majority of people feel that the trend will continue to grow but won’t be a mandatory part of school.

The poll has spurred further discussion and I strongly agreed with one of the comments made that would reframe the question of the poll to include teachers.

I wonder if we can even conceive of what “online” and “virtual” will mean 20 years from now, let alone predict what online and virtual learning environments will look like. Twenty years ago, we barely had a graphics-based Internet. To me, a more interesting question, and resulting responses, would be: What impact will online learning have on you as a teacher a year from now? – Paul Oh