Promising Practices in Online Learning: A Parent’s Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program

This guide assists parents in understanding what online learning is and in selecting the right online school, program, or course for their children. As part of the Promising Practices series, the authors explain online learning promising practices to parents, with considerations for full-time online schools as well as supplemental online courses. Given the enormous growth […]

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Going Virtual! Unique Needs and Challenges of K-12 Online Teachers

The findings in this report represent Phase II of the Going Virtual! research series. In this report, we posed the question, “What are the unique needs and challenges of K‐12 online teachers?” The first phase of the Going Virtual! research series, conducted in 2007, investigated the national status of professional development for K‐12 online teachers. […]

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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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Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-Assisted Teaching

This guidebook by Laura Vanderkam provides crucial guidance to savvy philanthropists looking to transform schools through blended learning. While still very much in its infancy, blended learning is demonstrating promising results, driving a flurry of entrepreneurial activity, and increasing enthusiasm among educators for new ways of teaching and learning. This poses a challenge for philanthropists. […]

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Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

This paper provides a scan of the literature to expand the knowledge base for the field of online, blended, and competency-based education. The goal of the paper is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and how the ideas integrate in order […]

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Fast Facts about Online Learning

Explore the latest data concerning online and blended learning, enrollment, access, courses, and key policies indicators. Review online learning statistics, trends, policy issues, and iNACOL strategic priorities. Obtain a snapshot view of state funding models for both full-time and supplemental online learning programs. Examine this resource now to stay connected with the most recent facts […]

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Top Ten Myths about Virtual Schools

In 2006, iNACOL released this brief which discusses the top ten myths about virtual schools. For example, myths include: online courses lack interaction, and online teachers have easy jobs. Instead, iNACOL debunks these myths by explaining that students in online learning typically have more one-on-one interactions with their teachers and fellow students – and that […]

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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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