Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Student Attitudes: Online Learning

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Student Attitudes: Online Learning

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HIGHLIGHTS

* Nearly 60 percent of students in grades 9 to 12 have either taken a course online or are interested in doing so.

* Getting extra help in a subject is the most popular reason students in grades 6 to 8 would consider taking a class online.

* For both grade groups, math is the course that the largest number of students report taking online.

In the past 12 months, how have
you been involved with classes
taught online? (Multiple answers     Grades    Grades
allowed.)                               6-8      9-12

Researched taking an online class        7%        8%
Took a class online for personal         5%        6%
  reasons
Took a class that included an            5%        9%
  online component
Took a class online to learn more        7%        5%
  about a subject for a current
  class
Took a class that was 100 percent        5%        8%
  online
No involvement yet, but I am            24%       33%
  interested in taking a class
  online
I am not interested in taking a         53%       42%
  class online

Why would you take or consider
taking an online class?              Grades    Grades
(Multiple answers allowed.)             6-8      9-12

To take a class not offered at          25%       39%
  my school
To get extra help in a subject          39%       34%
The online class fits into my           15%       28%
  schedule
To learn about the subject              28%       28%
To earn college credit                  30%       43%
It is required to graduate from         11%       16%
  my school
It is required as part of a class       11%       14%
To get more personalized                 9%       11%
  attention from the teacher
To work at my own pace                  28%       38%
I do not know enough about              25%       20%
  online classes
Other                                    8%        5%

In the past 12 months, what types
of courses have you taken online? … 
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