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State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2008)

October 2008. This report is iNACOL’s first systematic effort to examine K-12 distance education in Canada, and it has two main purposes: to examine Canada’s K-12 online learning activity, and to examine policies in each province and territory. Thus, this report provides a brief national overview of K-12 online learning, as well as a more detailed focus…


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

October 2008. 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.…


Promising Practices in Online Learning: Socialization in Online Programs

September 2008. How can online programs enhance students’ social development? Here, educators demonstrate creative ways to break down barriers of time and place to enhance student socialization. As part of the Promising Practices in Online Learning series, this report addresses the following socialization issues in online programs: Interaction with a teacher or other adults within the online…


Promising Practices in Online Learning: Using Online Learning for At-Risk Students and Credit Recovery

June 2008. K-12 online learning is increasing access and equity by making high-quality courses and highly qualified teachers available to students everywhere. As one of six papers in the Promising Practices in Online Learning series, this report seeks to respond to key issues that arise when online learning targets at-risk students and credit recovery. By taking a…


Promising Practices in Online Learning: Blended Learning – The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education

January 2008. The rise of the Internet tremendously increased the quality of digital classroom resources, and schools and districts today are combining online learning with face-to-face instruction, called blended learning. By combining the very best elements of online and face-to-face learning, author John Watson argues that blended learning will emerge as the predominant education model of the…


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…


Final Report: A Comprehensive Assessment of Florida Virtual School

August 2007. In this report, Florida TaxWatch examines the viability of Florida Virtual School as a credible alternative to traditional schooling, regarding both student achievement outcomes and cost-effectiveness. Florida Virtual School earned high marks in both. Online courses have shown to be important to reach students who need: Academic courses their school cannot provide To retake courses…

Author: Florida TaxWatch

Organization: Florida TaxWatch

Type: Report

Topics: Online Learning


A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning (1st Edition)

May 2007. Many educators and policymakers remain unaware of the basics of how online education programs operate, what an online course looks like, and most fundamentally, how students can learn online. This report aims to help fill the gaps, to be a resource for anyone who is new to online learning and wishes to quickly gain a…

Author: John Watson

Organization: iNACOL


An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International e-Learning Survey

November 2006. This report is designed to provide a study of the state of K-12 online learning in 17 countries, with research and writing performed by Allison Powell and Susan Patrick. These countries were surveyed on issues such as funding, content, initiatives, professional development, obstacles, and trends. View a short summary or read this report and identify international…

Author: Allison Powell, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Online Learning