The Virtual High School Co-Sponsors First National Private School Survey on Blended Learning

New OESIS Blended Learning Report Reveals Independent Schools Starting to Reach a Tipping Point for Technology-Enabled Learning
 
 
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NEEDHAM, Mass. - Dec. 19, 2014 - PRLog -- The Virtual High School (http://www.theVirtualHighSchool.org), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, today announced they have sponsored a groundbreaking new study from OESIS Group, a professional development and research organization for independent schools. The survey of more than 450 private school administrators and teachers found that more than half of schools nationwide are using blended learning programs with nearly 20% in advanced stages of adoption.

The report, OESIS Learning Innovation Report on U.S. Independent Schools 2014-2015, analyzed technology-enabled learning amongst private, K-12 schools. Key findings from the report discovered that 65% of schools are using different methods of blended learning, such as Flipped Classrooms, to personalize their instruction. The primary benefits cited by schools include accessing better content beyond standard textbook sources and creating time to personalize student instruction. In addition, the report found that schools are increasingly attracted to online learning because of its ability to foster college prep learning goals of creativity and critical thinking through pathways, such as project-based learning.

“For The Virtual High School, this validated the need to provide more extensive services focused on professional development and best practices,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President & CEO of VHS. “We see this as an opportunity for us to help private schools reach their full potential with blended and online learning.”

VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high quality online and blended learning experiences, while supporting educators in order to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning as well as enable students to develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credits and participate in global classrooms. Courses are taught by highly qualified teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, and are certified in their subject areas.

To download the report, go to http://www.oesisgroup.com/?page_id=1194.

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About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School is the pioneer of K-12 online learning. Since 1995, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives.

VHS’ design and delivery standards was the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning.  The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.

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