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Examining Communication and Interaction in Online Teaching

September 2009. How do communication and interaction work in an online teaching environment? This document answers this question, drawing on quality online teaching literature, school policies regarding online teaching practices, and professional development programs for online teachers. Online teaching is a complex professional practice. In addition to content knowledge and pedagogical skills, online teachers must be qualified…


Access and Equity in Online Classes and Virtual Schools

November 2007. Online education is one of the fastest growing phenomena in K-12 education in the United States today. Over half of states currently have some form of state-run virtual school, with additional state programs in the planning stage. Various surveys have reported that at least one third of high school students have had some form of…


Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning

November 2007. This report, created by the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) research committee, aims to raise awareness of misconceptions and provide guidance on professional development for traditional and online schools. School leaders have recognized that online courses are part of the solution to challenges faced by particular students, including access and equity. However, few…