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SK DE Academy 2013 - State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada.

  1. 1. State of the Nation Study: K-12 Online Learning in Canada Michael K. Barbour Sacred Heart University
  2. 2. Methodology
  3. 3. National Trends: Regulation • Many provinces and territories have some reference to distance education in the Education Act or Schools Act – This is changing! • regulation of K–12 distance education is the use of contracts with MoE or policy handbooks • British Columbia and Nova Scotia are major exceptions
  4. 4. National Overview - Regulations
  5. 5. National Overview - Regulations
  6. 6. National Trends: Activity • Growth of K-12 distance education is quite uneven – Reported growth in some jurisdictions may be due to better accounting • Participation in blended learning is not counted in most instances
  7. 7. National Overview - Activity
  8. 8. National Overview - Activity
  9. 9. National Overview - Activity
  10. 10. National Trends • K–12 distance education continues to grow • Correspondence education continues to be prevalent • Blended learning is seen as effective ICT • Unions remain cautiously supportive • Several jurisdictions have made dramatic changes over the past five years
  11. 11. Conclusions / Take-Aways • Regulatory behaviour varies considerably from no to extensive regulations • Level of activity is increasing nationally, but to what level we just can’t tell definitively
  12. 12. http://virtualschool.wikispaces.com/canada/
  13. 13. Your Questions and Comments
  14. 14. Director of Doctoral Studies Sacred Heart University, USA mkbarbour@gmail.com http://www.michaelbarbour.com

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