Why take online art classes in Pennsylvania?
One advantage to taking your art classes at an online art school is that you can participate in class at any time of the day or night. There are no scheduled times where you need to be sitting in front of your computer, and thanks to advancements in content management systems, you can log in at any time and it will still feel like you are fully involved and engaged with the class.
The other good part about online art classes is that they give you extensive practice and experience using online art and design software that you will probably also use in the real world. These online tools and software are essential to your online learning experience, so you really can’t avoid them, and why would you when they might give you a leg up on other prospective employees competing for the same jobs as you.
Finally, Pennsylvania has a rich history of the arts and they have thriving art communities from Philadelphia all the way to Pittsburgh. The state is committed to arts education and is working very hard to make online art schools more effective and successful.
Online Education in Pennsylvania Overview
Budgetary issues and a forward-thinking state legislature have forced Pennsylvania to the forefront of the transition to online learning. The state is home to the nation’s largest virtual charter, and so many statewide cyber charter schools started popping up that many of the state’s districts have created their own virtual charter schools just to keep up. Now, the state has had some serious and well-documented issues with the widespread implementation of these online education programs, but it’s not a large leap to think that Pennsylvania will become an online education battleground if it isn’t already.
The good news is that the national campaign Digital Learning Now gave Pennsylvania excellent scores when it comes to the quality of choices, lack of barriers to access, and its assurance that all state students would have easy access to the programs should they so choose. But like so many other states taking on this endeavor, the state is sorely lacking infrastructure, quality content, funding, and accountability, aspects that will need to be fixed if Pennsylvania wants to continue to be at the center of this transformation.
Once the state can start to hold schools accountable, it will be more willing to shell out funding to programs it knows are successful and effective. But for now, online education is still a work in progress in Pennsylvania.