First Advisor

Woodrow, Kelli


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

61 pgs.


Online education, also known as"the virtual classroom", has proliferated in the United States, as well as in much of the world, in the last few years. Indeed, virtual schooling is one of the fastest-growing areas in K-12 education."In its 2005 report, the National Center for Education Statistics found that 36% of all school districts had students participating in virtual courses, for a total of 300,000 students, and this number is projected to explode in the next decade." (Roblyer, 2006, p. 32). Many students who are considered"at-risk" are looking to the virtual classroom as an alternative to the traditional classroom where they were not successful. Yet the virtual classroom, while offering many advantages to at-risk students, also presents new challenges for this type of student. This paper will examine both the positives and negatives for the at-risk learner, and present strategies to help parents of at-risk students decide whether an online education is best for their student.

Date of Award

Fall 2008

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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