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What Can Congress and the Federal Government Do to Promote Quality Online Learning Opportunity for All Students?

August 2009. This infographic portrays how Congress and the federal government can take actionable steps to promote quality online learning opportunities. By explaining specific policy approaches, and how to achieve each approach, iNACOL informs policymakers and constituents of potential ways to expand online learning opportunities. View this infographic for direct federal government actions that can improve access…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


A Summary of Research on the Effectiveness of K-12 Online Learning

August 2009. This memo examines the outcomes of existing studies on K-12 learning effectiveness, and it provides a literature review of these studies. A number of rigorous studies have asked the question, “Is online learning effective?” However, there is not a single, large-scale, national study comparing students taking online courses with traditional students, using control groups in…

Author: Allison Powell, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Online Learning


Promising Practices in Online Learning: Funding and Policy Frameworks for Online Learning

July 2009. What do strong policy and funding frameworks look like, and what specific benefits do they afford? Which online learning policy and funding structures hold promise for all modes of learning? This report lays the groundwork by creating frameworks for policy and funding development in online learning environments. In at least 44 states across the country,…


Promising Practices in Online Learning: Management and Operations of Online Programs

April 2009. Online learning is creating transformative change in today’s education system as states and districts create new online schools. This catalytic growth reflects the widespread understanding that online learning can serve a wide variety of students and needs. Many school leaders are excited about the possibilities of online learning, and this report seeks to address some…


Sorting Through Online Learning Options: A Guide for Parents

January 2009. To assist parents in choosing the right online program for their student, we offer this list of questions parents should use as a guide. It is estimated that there are over one million K-12 enrollments in online courses across the country. The number of online courses and providers continues to grow at a steady rate each year (a staggering 30% annually),…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


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.…


Online Teacher Support Programs: Mentoring and Coaching Models

October 2008. Several virtual schools portray the mentoring structures they have implemented to assist their new online teachers. Each school’s mentoring program is unique – designed specifically for the school’s staff, size, and instructional approach. These schools learned that successful mentoring programs are key in developing effective novice virtual teachers, as well as supporting the continued growth…


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…