Education Anywhere: Distance and K-12 Education
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With a goal of assisting educators across the nation, this series will examine not only the issues around the Common Core Standards but also the daily issues of their implementation. Where appropriate, issues unique to distance education will be called out as well as those affecting traditional face-to-face education.
In education, ideas are routinely recycled. For example, phonics and whole language approaches have been recycled on multiple occasions. Outcomes-based education was recycled to the modern rendition of standards-based education. Now, with distance learning becoming more commonplace and the trend toward a centralized national curriculum, standards-based education is being recycled into the Common Core State Standards.
So what are the Common Core State Standards? Collaborating with teachers,…
Centralized curriculum can lead to an algorithmic and mechanistic approach to curriculum development. However, humanity and the art of teaching need not be replaced by algorithmic and mechanistic processes in online education.
For many institutions of distance education, offering the volume of courses and course sections required necessitates a centralized curriculum. Indeed, many administrators of distance learning tend to prefer the centralized curriculum model for its ability to unify the educational experiences of students. A pleasant byproduct of the centralized curriculum is the additional control afforded to the administration by the model.
However, the risk in a centralized curriculum is the tendency toward…
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