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Online education: Pandemic forces medical schools at WSU and UW to quickly adapt to virtual learning

Patient interactions for medical students, along with hands-on learning for physical exam skills in classes, stopped in March because of the coronavirus. For a return after spring break, University of Washington School of Medicine’s site on the Gonzaga campus, as well as WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, had to adapt quickly to an all-virtual learning format.

Shawn Vestal: Education fails when schools profit

Our mania for measurement in the schools – for testing, for databases, for assessment – has produced more arguments than answers. But we’ve gotten a very clear picture of one segment of our educational system: For-profit, online schools are generally doing a worse job of educating students than real schools. Kindergarten through college. And they’re making a ton of money. A lot of it is taxpayer money, thrown their way under the mantle of “reform” or “choice.”

Idaho to require two online classes

BOISE – Despite mostly negative public comment, Idaho’s state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to approve a new rule requiring every Idaho student to take two online classes to graduate from high school. The rule, a centerpiece of state schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” school reform plan, takes effect with this year’s eighth-graders, the high school class of 2016.

More students turn to Internet as institutions boost offerings

Full-time work and a family prevented Thom Hecker from going back to college. But when the 41-year-old Spokane resident found out he could obtain a business management degree by taking classes online, he knew he could make it work. “Once I was introduced to the program, it seemed like the right thing to do,” said Hecker, who obtained his degree through the University of Phoenix.