2 More Illinois Districts Join Distance Ed Consortium
small Illinois school districts have joined a distance education
consortium for dual credit college-level courses, bringing the total
number of member districts to four, and a fifth district may soon join
Wethersfield and Galva school districts started the distance learning lab three years ago in collaboration with Black Hawk College to expand the number of dual credit courses available to their
students. Dual credit courses are college-level courses open to high
school students, allowing those students to earn both high school
credit and college credit for completing the course. The courses may be
taught by either a qualified high school teacher or college instructor
at a high school or college. Annawan Unit District and AlWood Community District have now joined the consortium, according to a story in the Star Courier, and Cambridge School District may also join at a later date.
and Galva school districts have each designated a classroom in their
high school as a distance learning lab with interactive video and audio
connections and a large, flat screen display at the front of the
classroom. Each semester, the consortium offers a different dual-credit
course taught by a teacher at one of the high schools or an instructor
from Black Hawk College, according to the Star Courier. The courses are
scheduled before the regular school day begins.
Along with the
announcement that Annawan and Cambridge school districts would be
joining, the consortium also announced that they would be offering new
dual credit courses in sociology and psychology.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].