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Ashford University Provides Tools to Bring San Diego Schools Online and Help Prepare Students for the Future

SAN DIEGO Feb. 28, 2011 Ashford University San Diego San Diego

San Diego County Randolph Ward

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At the initial meetings, it was decided that the program to introduce online education would focus on an Algebra course since the subject is crucial for college-bound students.

"Algebra is the gatekeeper for college. It’s one of the main challenges for many of our students," said Dr. Ward. "It’s one of the biggest hurdles for many students in completing the A-G course sequence required for entry into the UC and CSU systems."

The online Algebra course was assembled over the next few months. The National Repository for Online Courses developed course content with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an HP Technology for Teaching grant. The course is being delivered by Moodle, a web application that manages courses for educators.

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Others are using it as a presentation lesson for classes. It’s also being used as homework or for follow-up assignments, depending on the teacher’s need for the second semester."

"It extends the school day and the school week because students can log on at home, on their own time," added Dr. Ward. "It provides more resources for our students, in terms of both learning materials and tutoring materials."

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"Research from Ambient Insight estimates that the majority of college students will be taking some of their classes online by 2014," said Dr. Shean. "But school districts are not preparing students for online learning. Students aren’t learning how to be responsible for their own time, how to collaborate online and other skills that will be valuable for their college education. Online courses like this will prepare today’s students for their future college experiences."

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