Virtual Education & Virtual Schools
What is Virtual Education and Virtual Schools?
A virtual school, sometimes referred to as a “cyberschool” is the process of educating students through online methods. The designation “virtual school” is reserved for an accredited, online school that will assist a student in completing a course or degree by offering a full-time course load.
How does a Virtual School work?
Virtual schools differ from traditional schools in that the majority of student services are conducted through internet technology instead of physical interaction between administrators, teachers and students. There are a number of online media avenues, free and fee-based, used for teaching students. Instructional choices are available, such as, independent study or teacher facilitated. Class sizes can vary anywhere from 10 to 200 students in each class section. Students communicate with teachers and interact with other students using a variety of delivery platforms. To help with communication, many schools have put into place their own programs to help build courses and maintain student profiles.
Who would benefit from a Virtual School?
The student population choosing to use virtual education is very diverse. Many are home-schooled students, yet others may choose to use this method of learning for a variety of reasons, such as, students who are exceptional in school and wish to learn at a faster pace, students with chronic illness or those who move often.
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of online learning?
One of the many advantages to virtual schools is the flexibility offered to students who are able to commit to a regular school schedule. More options are available with scheduling, as well as, furthering their education by choosing courses of interest that may not be available at their local public or private schools.
While virtual schools may not be the answer for every student, offering options is a positive step towards academic success.