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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

Top Ten Myths about Virtual Schools

January 2006. 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…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Online Learning

The New Education (R)evolution: Exploring E-Learning Reforms for Michigan

September 2005. This research study aims to advance e-learning opportunities in Michigan through 3 deliverables: an analysis of online learning models, implementation strategies, and recommendations to expand e-learning options. The author focuses specifically on Michigan Virtual High School and underperforming schools or schools not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.…