Heafner, T., Hartshorne, R. & Petty, T. (2015). Exploring Online Education in K-12 Environments. In D. Slykhuis & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 1478-1480). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
The article that I read, Exploring Online Education in K-12 Environments, focused on two important main ideas of distance education. The first main idea explored was how fast distance education is growing and the second was how unprepared our teachers are to take on the huge task of properly facilitating distance education. Both teacher preparedness and the increase of students involved with distance education are very important ideas to consider when talking about distance education.
In my response, I explored many distance education topics. The first topic that I covered was how the history of distance education influenced this article as well as how distance education is currently influencing learning. I also be explained the connections that I was able to make between the theories discussed in the textbook chapters and the article. In addition, I discussed the similarities between my learners and the learners mentioned in this article. Finally, I explained how my definition of distance education was illustrated in the research and discussed whether or not I believe it should be modified.