Department, UAS Team Up for Distance Learning

The state education department is teaming with the University of Alaska Southeast to oversee an online consortium known as Alaska's Learning Network.

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by Associated Press

 JUNEAU- The state education department is teaming with the University of Alaska Southeast to oversee an online consortium known as Alaska's Learning Network.

 

The department and UAS want to focus more on designing Alaska-themed online courses for high school students as part of an effort to better prepare students for college or post-secondary careers.

 

Deborah Lo, dean of the College of Education at UAS, says customizing courses to meet the interests and needs of Alaska students will be a big part of the network's expansion. Currently, an Arizona-based company

provides many of the network's courses.

 

Kelly Sorensen, an education technology coordinator with the department of

education, says the partnership also is expected to help more students meet the eligibility requirements for the state-subsidized Alaska Performance Scholarship.