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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Why We Need To Communicate

Just a short entry for a Sunday evening...

I've left this in my Bloglines account for a while now and have given it a great deal of thought. It is an entry entitled Types of communication and why we do it, which comes to us from Scott Adams. As I look at the four quadrients that Scott has created, with the type of communication listed and then his arguement as to why we need the synchronous face-to-face communication.

In reading though his ideas, I am left wondering what does this mean for the delivery of distance education, such as virtual schooling, to rural schools where bandwidth issues are still problematic?

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Blogger Kate Logan said...

I think what he has to say is very important and true.

We consider ourselves a hybrid system; meaning that most of our full time students meet on our campus, interact with other students and teachers, but draw thier course content online. We try to keep our off-site students on a part time basis so they are still going to thier home high school with all of the interaction that comes along with it, but are just taking a few classes from us over the Internet.

We have very few full-time off site students because it is HARD. It is hard for students to maintain a full high school course load by themselves with no peer to peer interaction or teacher-student interaction.

I'm curious how other virtual high schools deal with this issue.

2:21 PM  
Blogger MKB said...


The only non-charter online program that I know which has a high percentage of full-time off-site students not attending some form of high school is the Florida Virtual School. While they are the longest standing state-wide virtual school program, I only know what I have read about them, so I can't comment on the specifics of how they deal with it.


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