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Distance and Online Learning

The MTA Distance and Online Learning Task Force was created by the MTA Board of Directors to, in part, “review current literature and trends in the use of new technology to deliver educational services and programming to Massachusetts students at all grade levels.” This video highlights research completed for the task force and results of a survey of MTA members:



Selected sources used in preparation of the video:

Salman Khan: The New Andrew Carnegie?

Going the Distance: Online Education in the US, 2011
6.1 million US college students are enrolled in at least one online course, up from 1.6 in 2002. 31% of all U.S. college students take at least one class online. http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/goingthedistance.pdf

Online High Schools Attracting Elite Names
275,000 US K-12 students are enrolled full time in online schools, mostly free public charters.

Quick Facts about Florida Virtual Schools

Florida Department of Education

Virtual schools are multiplying, but some question their educational value (K12, Inc.)

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice
Evergreen Education Group, 2011

Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls

Some Questions about Udacity (and about creative disruption in higher education)
Sebastian Thrun’s Homepage
"I am against education that is only available to the top 1% of all students. I am against tens of thousands of dollars of tuition expenses. I am against the imbalance that the present system brings to the world. I want to empower the 99%. I want to democratize education. Education should be free. Accessible for all, everywhere, and any time.
Help me spread the world. I can't do this alone."

US  News and World Report Online Colleges

UMassOnline Reports a 12% Increase in Enrollments and a 16% Increase in Revenue Generated

MTA All-Member Survey, Distance and Online Learning

The Task Force:

Paul Toner, MTA President
Dorothy Verdy, co-chair, Millis Teachers Association
Michael Whittier, co-chair, Sutton Teachers Association

Raymond Albright, Everett Teachers Association
G. Sanford Bogage, Wellesley Education Association
Marc Boots-Ebenfeld, MSCA Salem State
Donna Buckley, MTA Affiliate Services
Glenn Coolong, MTA ITS
John DeCicco, Ashburnham-Westminster Teachers Association
Ralph Devlin, MTA Center for Education Policy and Practice
Jo Ann Fitzgerald, MTA Governmental Services
Linda Grochowalski, MCCC Quinsigamond
Anne Hird, MSCA Bridgewater
Gregory Hurley, Malden Education Association
Matthew Jones, MTA Legal Services
Jeri Katz, MSCA Bridgewater
MaryAnn Kuroczko, MTA Affiliate Services
Megan Secatore, MTA Communications
Miles Stern, MTA Higher Education
Anne Van Dam, Hopkinton Teachers Association
Steven Zona, MCCC Quinsigamond