Advocates of virtual learning believe that virtual schools hold advantages including:

not being required to attend and travel to face-to-face classes and the integration

digital media into the curricula. Virtual schools also give a student the opportunity

to stay in school when outside influences would not allow them. Some reasons for

this could be extensive absences due to medical reasons, teen pregnancy, or for

other reasons. Virtual schools are a great equalizer. No matter what their social,

economic, religious, ethnic or physical or mental differences, virtual education gives

all students the same opportunity to reach their full potential. Some virtual schools

include online study groups in which students interact with each other online.

Students are able to meet in these groups.

Unlike traditional education delivery methods, students at virtual schools sometimes

do not directly interact with professors, while at other times it is as frequent as in

traditional schools and merely takes on a different form. Hence, virtual education is

thought to be the same as a directed-learning program. Because students do not

interact with their instructors or peers face-to-face, "lack of socialization" is often a

factor as a disadvantage by detractors. Recent anecdotal evidence provided by one

virtual school from one live cyber school indicates that, while socialization may be

different, it is not necessarily lacking. It is also recommended that students enrolled

in virtual schools be involved in social activities outside school, much like

homeschooled children. Another perceived disadvantage to distance learning is the

added challenge of staying focused while in the home environment, and many

studentsreport that staying on task is the most difficult aspect of learning online.

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