Schools turn to cyber classes


Online learning is starting to take off with half of all US schools now turning to the internet for courses.

A study reveals more than 50 per cent of high schools already offer 'virtual' courses, or hope to in the future. A third will start using e-learning for the first time this year.

Schools say being able to offer a wider range of courses cost-effectively is the number one reason for adopting cyber education.

'In just a few years, online courses are quickly becoming an integral part of the high school experience,' said Keith Oelrich, president and CEO of Apex Learning, which sponsored the survey.

'This research supports Apex Learning's belief that online courses can help schools ensure that students have access to the high quality educational opportunities needed for success in college and in life, regardless of the resources available locally.'

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