As independent schools continually reflect on and revise our "ideal graduate" descriptive statements, will this trend in online higher education cause us to rethink our assumptions? Should taking an online course become a new graduation requirement?
A new statement from Online School for Girls says yes:
Over the last year, we have come to a different and more intentional understanding of the role of online and blended
learning opportunities for our girls. What we originally saw as enhancement, we now deem as essential. What we
originally saw as an expansion of our brick and mortar schools, we now see as integral to the definition of college preparatory schools.
Additionally, a student reaching beyond the existing course curriculum to enroll in an online course is exactly the initiative and positive risk-taking behaviors that we try to encourage in our students. And being able to connect and collaborate with other students across the nation and even the world through the online platform enriches the educational experience that we can offer to our kids.
So perhaps it is not such a crazy idea after all...