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By Robert Lawson     May 28, 2015 in Technology
One of the newest education niches to go online is that of diver’s education. With something that takes a lot of hands on training, can driver’s education break through into the world of online education?
Thanks to advances in technology over the last decade, education has gone online in a big way. From online college courses to continuing education classes, cyber space has become a disruptive technology for education. One of the newest education niches to go online is that of diver’s education. With something that takes a lot of hands on training, can driver’s education break through into the world of online education? That answer may come down to demand. In North Carolina, the state is facing budget struggles with restoring summer drivers education classes, as the Herald Sun reported this past week. Many students there face an uncertainty regarding their own driver education.
In addition to continuing education classes for professionals, online education has also trickled down to high school and secondary schools. The state of Indiana is leading the charge with numerous cyber schools, including Cyber Charter School which launched in 2012. The school provides online classes for students from kindergarten through grade 12. It’s come quite a long way from waiting with friends at the corner for the school bus, to now simply opening up a web browser to get your diploma.
Other levels of educational institutions have also paved the way for other forms of online learning. One such profession is that of legal education. Kaplan University has led the charge by way of Concord Law School. Founded in 1998, the school offers a 100% online law degree program. Those who complete the required education and pass the First Year Law School Examination are eligible to sit for the bar in the state of California. There are some additional requirements that students must meet, but a student can actually become licensed and practice law in the state of California without ever having stepped foot into a classroom.
This past month it was reported that a library is now offering a totally free online driver education course program in Paso Robles City, California. There are several accessibility features such as magnification of content, audio clips, practice tests and much more, specific to California legal code. Online driver’s education is not a new topic of discussion. Over the past decade, there have been numerous resources available to those seeking driver’s education. One such source is driving-tests.org, an e-learning platform launched by Marina Zakhareuskaya and Andrei Zakhareuski in 2008. The site offers state specific practice tests to drivers in all 50 states. One of the site’s claim to fame comes by way of its nonprofit and academic partnerships where it offers pro bono services such as providing permit practice test sites for close to 900 libraries and various other academic organizations.
Wisconsin recently took up the measure to allow residents to complete their driver’s education courses online. Some states such as Texas and California already allow pre-testing classes to be taken online in lieu of in a classroom. The idea is to have the pre-education completed prior to taking the actual driving test and the written test. This cuts down on crowded classrooms and helps alleviate state run driver’s education programs. Another state that allows online driver’s education is Pennsylvania who has approved more than 500 vendors, many of which offer online classes, to provide driver’s education classes to prospective drivers.
Websites have provided more in the way of just online driver’s education. For instance, driving-tests.org helped create drivers safety programs that include the Parent-Teen Driving Contract as well as the Distraction-Free Driving Pledge. These initiatives have been adopted by numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Online driver’s education is making its mark in the world of online education. If you don’t think that online is the next logical place for driver’s education to excel, then maybe take a look at the numbers. Between 2010 and 2014, driving-tests.org administered more than 4.5 million practice permit tests. This means that they helped more than 4 million potential licensed drivers with the practice tests needed to give them a better opportunity at passing their driver’s examination. With the amount of online education now available, let’s hope that states don’t start allowing medical professionals to join the ranks of those receiving licensure through online means.
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