A new report Online Charter School Study 2015 from Mathematica Policy Research, CREDO at Stanford University and the Center on Reinventing Public Education was released today–providing new data on the academic performance of online charter schools in 18 states across the country. The report contends that: Online charter schools may be a good fit for many […]
I wanted to share some highlights of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium this November 8-11 in Orlando. This blog post provides highlights of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium sessions, iNACOL Innovator Awards, and pre-conference workshops. The iNACOL Symposium is a unique event offering an unparalleled opportunities to learn about new personalized […]
Blended and online learning hold great potential to better meet the needs of students with disabilities with personalization and adaptive learning. However, that potential can only be realized if new learning environments are designed with all learners in mind. Education policies impact a diverse group of learners, but sometimes, certain groups of students are left […]
Yesterday in the United States Senate, Senator King (ME) and Senator Capito (WV) introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 to improve broadband access and close the education opportunity gap for all students. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 recognizes that Internet access is vital for all students to engage in high-quality, personalized learning […]
In 2012, iNACOL released a ground-breaking report on outcomes-driven quality assurance for online learning. With the growth of U.S. K-12 online learning enrollments rising each year, the report outlines how policymakers and education leaders might thoughtfully approach implementing new student learning performance metrics and quality assurance for these increasingly popular online schooling environments. In June […]
Susan Patrick This is the second post in a series on education transformation. See the first post here. Blended Learning It is difficult to imagine being able to implement personalized learning without technology. The tools in blended and online learning can support flexible pacing, differentiated instruction, immediate interventions and anywhere, anytime learning. What is most […]
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended a deadline for schools and libraries to apply for discounted broadband and wireless connectivity through the E-Rate program. Last December, the FCC completed a long-awaited modernization of E-Rate, so the program can meet the demand for connectivity and adequate bandwidth as schools transition to student-centered digital learning. Among […]
The role of motivation in student success in online courses is clear. Highly motivated students perform better than their lesser motivated peers. However, what online teachers and administrators need to know is how to improve student motivation and ultimately, student performance.
(Testimony provided to the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee by iNACOL colleague Maria Worthen on April 1, 2014)
In March 2014, iNACOL was honored to have Drs. Amy Garrett Dikkers and Aimee Whiteside present their research on “North Carolina Virtual Public School Student Perceptions and Expectations” for the Research in Review Webinar series.