Factors predisposing towards virtual schools in a country
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
By Paul Bacsich, Sero Consulting Ltd., UK
This is a set of preliminary observations on what factors prevalent in a country might predispose that country towards having virtual schools – schools which do their teaching online to students at home.
Our focus here is virtual schools – a later article will look at virtual colleges. An operational definition of ‘school’ might be ‘an educational institution where there is consensus in society that the students need to be supervised as well as taught’ – in many societies this would apply to students up to the age of 16. We shall focus in particular on the 13-16 age group – ‘young teenagers’.
I suggest that there are ten key factors to be checked against the literature
For some background see http://www.virtualschoolsandcolleges.eu/index.php/Critical_Success_Factors
Notice that few of these factors are under government control in any short-term way except for 3 and possibly 10 and 8. There are other factors. One often cited is ‘a desire to cut (or slow the rise in) the costs of education’ but I suggest that this is not so relevant in OECD and similar countries.
Readers might like to draw up a little table for their own countries and let us know.