Some may view virtual learning environments (see APEX or Florida Virtual School for examples) as putting more distance between the educator and the learner, but I believe these environments may have some merit to them. They provide a format for a variety of learners, at different paces. For instance, you may have an under performing high school student who needs to make up credits for classes failed. They can make up credits in a program such as the one mentioned above, without having to sacrifice an hour out of their schedule reserved for elective courses. Or a college-bound student wants to get a leg up and graduate sooner so they can enter college earlier. That student can enroll in courses with a virtual school that offers that curriculum. And still yet, to provide another example, some colleges and technical schools can use these environments to help dropouts complete their GED before entering a career program.
The example above is just one of many. But is the virtual learning environment a solution for everyone? What are your thoughts?