Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 9-10-2017

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

College

College of Education

Department

Education

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Chris Jenkins, Ph.D.

Content Specialist

Alecia C. Eubanks, Ph.D.

Content Reader

John H. Yoder, Ph.D.

Keywords

online education, online learning, K-12 education, digital learning center, virtual schooling, Compass Learning, Odyssey online curriculum, online curriculum, linear change

Abstract

The perceptions students and parents have of Compass Learning Odyssey online curriculum is the focus of this research. This study uses an intrinsic research method to discover the perceptions of students and parents on a specific online learning curriculum with a qualitative focus. This study was focused on the perceptions of students within a digital learning center using an online curriculum as their main source of study and revealed a unique situation and diverse opinions. It includes student and parent participants, which, participated in observations, questionnaires, and interviews. The findings allowed for a well-rounded view of the perceptions of Compass Learning. The students’ perceptions were the key findings in this study and revealed the understanding that students believe that Compass Learning Odyssey online curriculum is a useful tool for learning because it is flexible and rigorous enough to match student’s needs. This is despite the fact that they also found the program to be gimmicky in some of its teaching strategies. The benefit to using this system was also revealed by parents perceptions to be ideal for specific students in that it prepared them for their future educational or career choices and was modifiable for students based on their learning styles. This study demonstrated a need for greater understanding of student and parent perceptions of online curriculum use as a student’s main source of education.

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