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Graduates of the New Learning Environment: A Follow-Up Study of High School Distance e-Learners

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Quarterly Review of Distance Education Volume 11, Number 3, ISSN 1528-3518


While web-based courses have had a growing presence in Canadian secondary schools since the mid-1990s, there has been very little study of the transition of high school distance e learners to further study at the post-secondary level. To address this area of deficit in distance education research this article reports on a study designed to examine high school distance e-learners' participation in postsecondary education as well as their perceptions of online learning following high school graduation. A short follow-up survey as well as in-depth interviews of students from the class of 2008, which included students who participated in distance e-learning courses in high school and others who did not, suggested that high school distance e-learners had a preference for university studies. While high school distance e learners did not appear to be more likely to participate in online learning at the postsecondary level, they described a number of ways in which their distance e-learning experiences in high school had helped them to prepare for postsecondary studies. Some of the implications for online learning at the secondary school level are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)


Kirby, D., Sharpe, D., Bourgeois, M. & Greene, M. (2010). Graduates of the New Learning Environment: A Follow-Up Study of High School Distance e-Learners. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 11(3), 161-173. Retrieved September 16, 2019 from .

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