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Michael Connolly

J. Carl Setzer, Laurie Lewis, and Bernard Greene, National Center for Education Statistics
March 2005

NCES has released the first report that gives a nationally representative study of technology-based distance education and its availability, course offerings, and enrollment patterns. The study also examines the technologies used to deliver distance education, the reasons such classes are developed, and hindrances that districts face in expanding distance education. Specifically, in school year 2002-3, 36 percent of districts and 9 percent of schools had students enrolled in distance education, disproportionately (but logically) in rural areas. Unfortunately, technology moves faster than NCES, so one can only wonder how much more distance learning has spread in the ensuing two years. But have a look, if you like, by clicking here.

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