[Itech] Fwd: Virtual schooling-- the next big thing in education

Teresa Franklin franklit at ohio.edu
Wed May 20 09:24:00 EDT 2009

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Dr. Teresa Franklin
Associate Professor
Instructional Technology
Educational Studies Dept.
313D McCracken Hall
College of Education
Ohio University
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