By Eric Wearne
While many books, websites, and events exist to catalog new concepts in online education, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Education Reform for the Digital Era
offers both a discussion and some practical solutions. First, the editors, Checker Finn and Daniela Fairchild, describe three barriers to change which currently hinder online learning:
Interest groups that try to either “capture the potential of technology to advance their own interests or to shackle it in ways that keep it from harming those interests”;
The governance and financing structure of the current public school system; and,
Issues of organizational capacity within the current public school system.
The authors of the various chapters outline ways to address all three issues.