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Barbour, M. K., & Siko, J. (2012, April). A case study examining the perspectives of an at-risk, rural student enrolled in virtual schooling. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
A large population of virtual schooling students are defined as “at-risk.” However, there is little research that focuses on the experiences of these students. This case study, based on interviews and video observations of an at-risk, rural student enrolled in an online course, brings light to some of these experiences. The student was good at prioritizing, often took the path of least resistance to achieve the minimum level of expectations, and demonstrated waning productivity during class. The student was also able to clearly express his thoughts on what was needed to succeed in an online course. As more rural students have to learn online, it is important to better understand how to design, deliver and support virtual schooling.