Hawaii Virtual Learning Network (HVLN) was created by the Hawaii Online Task Force (Act 275, SLH 2007, Section 2) to expand and systematize online courses and to offer a wide array of online courses to Hawaii's students. Additionally, the Legislature approved Act 152, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008, Section 2 which states that the department of education shall adopt the following recommendations of the online learning task force:
- Follow a two-pronged delivery model of services and continue to operate the Myron B. Thompson academy full-time cyber academy, or similar schools, as well as establish a Hawaii virtual learning network for supplemental programs;
- Establish a task force to review the State's education policies, requirements, and oversight functions for congruency with the needs and potential of online learning;
- Allow both parents and students to access information about online curriculum;
- Develop and establish a mentoring and training program for online teachers, collaborating with the University of Hawaii department of educational technology as needed;
- Develop and establish an online training program to increase the number of highly qualified teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals;
- Provide support and incentives to teachers who become qualified to teach online courses and for teachers who utilize online courses to incorporate project-based and work-relevant learning;
- Standardize the procedure for granting credits for online coursework;
- Assist schools with online standards-based college preparatory curriculum;
- Expand credit recovery courses and remediation courses;
- Emphasize online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses and aggressively work to offer certain online courses through the department, including algebra I, English I, eighth-grade math and English, and career guidance;
- Expand distance education through interactive digital television;
- Establish an online course and resource center to include training modules and other support resources;
- Establish online and in-person tutoring and mentoring programs for students, partnering with the University of Hawaii as needed; and
- Develop recommendations on appropriate funding mechanisms.
HIDOE E-School has provided standards-based, online classes for Hawaii's students for over 10 years. Students enrolled in any HIDOE school can take these supplemental online courses in addition to their regular classes.
|Hawai`i E-Charter formally changed its name to Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA) in August 2002. It is a hybrid K-12 school that provides competency-based courses and standards-driven instruction to students on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawai`i.
This school is an expansion of E-School, a supplementary program that has been in operation since 1996.
UH Manoa OLA encompasses several programs all aimed at increasing the number of Hawai`i students that enter higher education by offering and supporting the instruction of supplemental online K-12 college preparation courses.