Today’s Student and Virtual Schooling: The Reality, the Challenges, the Promise…


  • Michael Barbour Wayne State University


In 2008 I was approached to deliver a keynote address at the biennial conference of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) in Wellington on the topic of today’s student and K–12 distance education.
Several months ago, Mark Nichols asked me if I would be interested in putting some of the ideas that I discussed as a part of that August 2008 presentation into a manuscript for the Journal of Distance Learning. This paper represents my best efforts to summarise and expand on those ideas.

Author Biography

Michael Barbour, Wayne State University

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Michael K. Barbour received his PhD from the University of Georgia.  His research interests focus on the use of online learning to provide equitable learning opportunities for K–12
students in rural jurisdictions.