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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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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How to Start an Online Learning Program: A Practical Guide to Key Issues and Policies

Starting an online learning program is a daunting task, which often can be overwhelming. The information and resources provided here have been compiled and organized to help you feel less overwhelmed. The majority of content on this site is intended for program administrators — the people that are either investigating the possibility of creating an […]

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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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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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Statement of Principles for Model Legislation in States

Globally, the highest performing nations have competency-based education systems – not systems based on seat time. iNACOL believes in student-centered learning and makes policy recommendations based on doing what is right for kids to have greater access to a world-class education. Authors of this report encourage legislators to adopt the following principles into their education […]

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Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues

iNACOL released this policy brief providing federal legislators with background information and concrete, actionable recommendations on 5 key issues within student-centered, competency-based education. Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues advocates for the following key policy takeaways: Base accountability on individual student growth models to support student-centered, competency-based learning. Support performance-based systems of assessments. Support […]

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