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Heard: University of Kansas Lands $7.5 million for Online Education –

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The $7.5 million Department of Education grant will be used by University of Kansas to find out whether online education helps disabled students. A lot of attention is paid to K-12 and higher education. So we’re glad to see that resources are being dedicated to find out how new education tools can help non-traditional students.

Mara Rose Williams writes for the Kansas City Star:

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to KU’s Center for Research on Learning also will allow researchers to come up with new ways to use technology to improve learning.

Williams reports that the new Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas will not be alone. Two partners will be:

  • The National Association of State Directors of Special Education: They promote education and services for children with disabilities
  • Center for Applied Special Technolog (CAST): Explores ways to use technology in education.

The Capitol-Journal reports:

The project is especially timely, Greer said. Projected estimates say that by 2019 as much as 50 percent of K-12 curriculum will be delivered online. Some states require students to take at least one or more online courses to be eligible for graduation, enhancing the importance of ensuring that online curriculum is meeting the needs of students with a range of disabilities.


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