Distance Learning Success Factors in the Resources-Processes-Results Cycle and Virtual School Accreditation

Distance Learning Success Factors in the Resources-Processes-Results Cycle and Virtual School Accreditation

Cathy Cavanaugh (University of North Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-154-4.ch004
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Abstract

Virtual school administrators and course designers can address the needs of virtual school students using established quality guidelines and standards. The development and implementation of effective distance education happens in an iterative cycle. The three stages in the cycle are: (1) procurement and preparation of the resources necessary to meet the distance education goals; (2) delivery of instruction using the best practices from education, business and research; and (3) analysis of the results of distance education to gauge achievement of the goals. Each stage of the Resources - Practices - Results (RPR) cycle continually revisits lessons learned in the other stages and builds upon the successes realized in the other stages. The success of a web-based virtual school program in part relies on the program’s adherence to quality benchmarks. This chapter explores the interconnect among the established success factors incorporated into the RPR cycle and standards published by agencies accrediting virtual schools. A survey of 67 virtual schools in the United States in the spring of 2003 resulted in identification of accrediting standards applied at national, regional and state levels. The standards of seven accrediting bodies are examined, and three are compared to the RPR success factors. Because of the differing foci of the agencies producing the standards, there is variation in the degree to which the standards correspond to the RPR success factors.

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Acknowledgments
Catherine Cavanaugh
Chapter 1
Glenn Russell
This chapter investigates some of the critical issues associated with virtual schools. It reviews historical forms of school education and the... Sample PDF
Virtual Schools: A Critical View
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Chapter 2
Gaye Long
Why build a Virtual School? The rationale for the virtual school project arose from the need to address the shortage of teachers, especially in the... Sample PDF
Administering a Virtual School
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Chapter 3
Margaret Haughey, William Muirhead
Although Canada has offered alternative forms of schooling through distance education for over a century, the advent of online schooling options has... Sample PDF
Managing Virtual Schools: The Canadian Experience
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Chapter 4
Cathy Cavanaugh
Virtual school administrators and course designers can address the needs of virtual school students using established quality guidelines and... Sample PDF
Distance Learning Success Factors in the Resources-Processes-Results Cycle and Virtual School Accreditation
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Chapter 5
Terence W. Cavanaugh
Over the recent past, the population in schools and the options for education have changed. Recently, the number of students identified as special... Sample PDF
Distance Learning as a Form of Accommodation
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Chapter 6
Sharon Johnston
With the launch of six courses in January 1997, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) became a new resource for all students in Florida. FLVS teachers... Sample PDF
Teaching Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace
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Chapter 7
Janice M. Hinson, Rachel Bordelon Sellers
The Internet is redesigning the delivery of instruction, and, consequently, time, space and distance are no longer constraints to teachers and... Sample PDF
Professional Development Recommendations for Online Courses
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Chapter 8
James E. Schnitz, Janet W. Azbell
The nature of digital content and tools, coupled with the communications capabilities available through online instruction, can, if leveraged... Sample PDF
Instructional Design Factors and Requirements for Online Courses and Modules
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Chapter 9
Ken Stevens
As rural communities and schools decline in size educational policy makers often question their viability. In the Canadian province of Newfoundland... Sample PDF
The Management of Virtual Classes in School District Digital Intranets
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Chapter 10
Donna Pendergast, Cushla Kapitzke
In 2002 a review of the educational and technical performance of the Virtual Schooling Service being tested in Queensland, Australia, was conducted.... Sample PDF
Virtual Vignettes and Pedagogical Potentials: Insights into a Virtual Schooling Service
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Chapter 11
John M. Carroll, Dennis C. Neale, Phillip L. Isenhour
We describe an evaluation tool used by teachers and researchers to study the impact of computer-mediated collaborative and communication... Sample PDF
The Collaborative Critical Incident Tool: Supporting Reflection and Evaluation in a Web Community
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Chapter 12
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
A university-science center partnership called Science Net has been functioning as a virtual school for the extension (science) education of the... Sample PDF
Science Net: A Virtual School for the Extension Education of the Public Singapore
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