It is by and large accepted that all students experience learning loss if they don’t participate in learning activities for a period of time. But students from lower-income families seem to lose more academic skills over the summer than peers with higher socioeconomic status.
Just as it has disrupted major industries like telecommunications and retail, the Internet is now rapidly disrupting educational paradigms as well.
Enter the online tutoring startup Thinkful. Its tagline is "Online school for a better career." Its aim is to bridge the gap between the skill set you have when you get out of college and the skill set you really need to get a good job: "level-up to find the job you”ll love" as they put it.
Blended learning – a combination of face-to-face and online learning that reduces "classroom contact hours" while incorporating "computer-mediated activities" to form an integrated instructional approach – is getting attention as a solution to a range of academic and financial challenges in education today, particularly in higher ed settings.
By linking students" coursework to their identities, Signature Track provides a way to show achievement and share course records with employers, schools, or whomever you choose.
Among the questions these learning analytics can potentially answer is: How can the online course instructor improve his or her instructional approach and better support students?
Is live online tutoring “the answer” to America’s educational challenges? Probably not – but it can undoubtedly help deliver affordable, high-quality tutoring to many kids and adults.