Classifying K-12 Blended Learning

This report introduces a thorough taxonomy to the field of blended learning, based on feedback from the field and new innovations. To define blended learning and identify emerging models, the authors observed over 80 programs in the K-12 sector. In addition, roughly 100 educators met during a pre-conference at the iNACOL Virtual School Symposium in […]

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Blended Learning in Practice: Introduction to Case Studies from Leading Schools

The case studies shared in this report seek to highlight the experiences of leading blended learning practitioners, in particular, those implementing “lab” or “station” blended rotation models. The case studies were designed to address the following areas: Journey to Blended Learning Instructional Model Operational Model Financial Model Lessons Learned   Use this resource to discover […]

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iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for: Online course content Instructional design Technology Student assessment Course management. These standards are guidelines for districts and organizations implementing blended or online learning, to ensure a high-quality education for all students. The standards should be modified to meet local needs, […]

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iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for online teaching. Districts and organizations can use these standards, adapted for local needs, to design professional development and for the evaluation of online teachers. These standards indicate what online teachers should know and be able to do, and what online teachers […]

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iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs

The standards in this document address what is needed for a quality online program, elements of which include quality course design and quality online teaching. This report provides the encompassing and over-arching set of standards program leaders need to assure a quality online program. It is designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations […]

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Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education

This report analyzes the components of effective competency-based information systems. Based on interviews and research, the ideas portrayed reflect lessons learned, best practices, and emerging opportunities. Read this paper to find role-specific strategies to make informed decisions, support new competency-based learning models, and to catalyze change in education.

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Necessary for Success: A State Policymaker’s Guide to Competency Education

Necessary for Success provides insights from state leaders on how to re-engineer policies and practices of our K-12 system. The authors introduce the main concepts behind competency-based learning, and they study important initial steps taken by states in developing this emerging model. Read this report and discover how state leaders create a culture of competency […]

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Competency Works: The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment delves into the fourth element of the definition of competency education: students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs. Understanding how to structure supports is important because learning in a competency-based environment means that students and adults are often on the edge […]

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K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More than Ever

In times of great economic challenge, citizens look to policymakers for solutions that lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow. In K-12 education, one of the most promising and cost-effective solutions is quality online learning. Many states have made an important initial investment in online learning. Since every dollar spent this year must count even […]

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