Benefits of Online Education for Gifted Students
The field of online education is booming in multiple arenas – gifted education and elsewhere. Enrollment numbers have increased exponentially over the past ten years. With increased demand, the capabilities and range of offerings provided by online programs have grown in similarly rapid fashion.
Less attention, perhaps, has been given to the overall benefits online education provides to gifted students. There are many. Not only do students have access to advanced-level and unique courses that their regular schools may not provide, but the format itself is conducive to gifted learning. Independent learners, those who seek a community of like-minded individuals, students interested in the diversity that comes from participation with others from around the world, and those seeking academic exploration outside the time and assessment constraints of many regular day schools, often find a haven in online learning. Specially tailored learning environments, individualized learning programs, and the freedom to learn at one’s own pace are also frequent characteristics of online learning programs that appeal to the highly capable student.
While the movement from a traditional classroom to an online learning environment can be an awkward shift for some students, highly interactive and engaging curricula can ease this change. Such interaction can enhance the sense of connection that students feel to a learning community. While gifted students often become accustomed to being “the smartest in the class,” and experience a sense of isolation as a result, online gifted courses can bring connections with like-minded individuals invested deeply and earnestly in academic pursuits. Students can find a peer group that is not in their neighborhood.
At Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), we are pleased to offer our Online Learning Program, which has grown significantly over the past few years. As we are gearing up for another Summer Session, I hope you will consider it as an engaging educational enrichment option for your children and/or students. In addition to advanced, individualized, and interactive course content, summer is a time of fun. Online learning is a fun way to learn, as students can log in and do their work at their convenience, and enjoy learning along with peers from other parts of the country and the world.
All the best,
Academic Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)