The future is still the future?

Honestly, I’m not a Luddite. But sometimes I feel like I’m playing one here at CPE. Last year we examined what was known — or more accurately what was not known — about online courses and cyberschools, and their overall impact on student learning. The report, Searching for the Reality of Virtual Schools, found that

Invest in technology that works

Jay Mathews over at the Washington Post thinks that Online Courses May Make Graduation Too Easy. He may be right, he may be wrong, but as the Center’s report on credit recovery programs found, unfortunately, we just don’t know. There just isn’t any research out there to determine if providing online courses to students who are

Virginia Tech’s Math Emporium: Math in a mall

As a graduate of Virginia Tech, I was interested in the Washington Post’s story on online learning in its Math Emporium. I think the story points out some of the characteristics we’re discovering about online learning through our research. Briefly, the Emporium works like this: In a large, renovated department store inside a mall, computers

More research on rural schools

In the nation’s imagination, rural schools are usually typecast as homogenous, outdated, and identical.  In truth, there are an equal percentage of minority rural students as there are rural students period, around 20%.  As far as the antiquated myth goes, due to their distance from and limited access to many of the physical resources that