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It's Not That Tough: Students Speak about Their Online Learning Experiences

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Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education Volume 13, Number 2, ISSN 1302-6488


K-12 online learning is growing in Canada and elsewhere in the world. However, the vast majority of literature is focused on practitioners and not on systematic inquiry. Even the limited published research has largely excluded the perspectives of students engaged in virtual schooling. This study examines secondary student perceptions of components of virtual schooling that were beneficial and challenging. Students largely enjoyed their virtual school courses and found the synchronous classes, the technology, and the ability to control their own learning as positive aspects of their experience. Students also found the lack of a sense of community, working during their asynchronous class time, and the asynchronous course content to be challenging; and made suggestions for improvement to each, along with advice to future virtual school students. (Contains 1 table.)


Barbour, M.K., McLaren, A. & Zhang, L. (2012). It's Not That Tough: Students Speak about Their Online Learning Experiences. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 13(2), 226-241. Retrieved May 9, 2021 from .

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