The Sunday Star Times today featured an article (which, ironically, I can't find on the online version) about small New Zealand schools taking advantage of online learning opportunities. The gist of the story is that small rural schools that aren't able to physically provide the teachers for a broad range of subjects, are able to provide online courses in these subject areas.
The upside, according to parents and students, is that it is more motivating to learn through an online environment. This coincides with a feature article from the other New Zealand Sunday paper, The New Zealand Herald. Deborah Coddington highlights the underachievement of many New Zealand students. She suggests that underachievers should be provided with a broader range of strategies to motivate them, one of which being online learning.
At my own school we support class programmes with online strategies, two of which being for Te Reo Maori and French. The sites are an excellent way to reinforce class content and to prepare for upcoming units of work.