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Online Learning is Topic of Scholarship Brown Bag Event, Recent Publication

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Since 2011 Somer Lewis and Amy Garrett Dikkers, along with Aimee Whiteside of the University of Tampa, have been conducting research to determine the effectiveness of online and bended programs for at-risk high school students. On April 14 they shared their work with faculty and staff at a Scholarship Brown Bag event at Watson College.

A portion of the research has involved a study of New Hanover County Schools' transition to online summer high school courses. The district began offering online summer courses in 2011 in partnership with North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). Since then, the county has significantly expanded their virtual academy model. Garrett Dikkers and Lewis have worked with Wendy Kraft, supervisor of online learning for New Hanover County Schools, to study the effectiveness of the program and various improvements to the model.

Garrett Dikkers and Lewis co-authored an article about the research, entitled "Focus: Credit Recovery. A District's Move to Virtual Summer Coursework." The article was published in School Administrator in 2015.

Garrett Dikkers is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Lewis is director of WCE's Professional Development System.

Kraft was named a finalist in the first North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) 2015 E-Learning Advisor/E-Learning Coordinator of the Year Award in April. A winner will be announced later this year.

Read the 2015 credit recovery article about New Hanover County Schools' transition to online summer courses here: www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=36965