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Online and Blended Learning: Case Studies from K-12 Schools around the World

Author(s): Jeffrey Hunt, Lisa Hasler Waters, Michael K. Barbour, November 2011

Organization(s): iNACOL

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

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K-12 education is in the throes of a worldwide revolution. The goal is to better prepare students for the challenges of a world that is rapidly changing – economically, demographically and technologically. These changes have already forced widespread rethinking of traditional modes of education, which fall short in providing students with the quality and breadth of knowledge and competencies they need to function effectively in a global environment.

The heart of this revolution is online learning, described by the World Future Society as one of the top 10 breakthroughs that will transform life globally over the next 20 to 30 years. Online learning offers students endless opportunities to access world-class teachers – regardless of neighborhood or geography or family resources – and the education they will need to achieve success in an increasingly networked and knowledge-based society.