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Annual Report to iNACOL Membership: iNACOL Strategic Plan Update 2011-2015

October 2013. In 2011, the iNACOL staff and Board of Directors engaged in an intensive strategic planning process. The iNACOL Strategic Plan 2011-2015 identifies three strategic areas of work, all of which are discussed in this webinar: Policy and Advocacy Quality Assurance New Learning Models Presenter Susan Patrick provides an update on a year’s progress of work…


The Role of Leadership in the Implementation of Successful Blended Learning Programs

September 2013. View this webinar to better understand the leadership qualities that facilitate the transition to and maintenance of a strong blended learning program. The presenters focus on how school and district leaders can effectively and efficiently promote and support blended learning in their schools. Regardless of the model or technology used, key leadership elements enable the…


Improving Online Educational Resources Using Cognitive Science: Collaborations between Cognitive Scientists and Educators

September 2013. This webinar provides information on how to use published research to improve K-12 and university online learning, like Khan Academy videos or interactive mathematics exercises. The webinar focuses on how students’ motivation and grades increase when they are given voice and choice. Through promoting student agency, students engage in reflective thinking and seek deeper understanding.…


Becoming a Blended Learning Teacher: The Changing Role of the Classroom Educator

September 2013. This webinar focuses on how the role of the teacher changes in a blended learning classroom. Topics discussed by these experienced teachers include lesson planning, classroom management, and utilization of course management system to better personalize learning for students. Blended Learning has developed into an important pedagogical shift for teaching and learning. Effective blended learning…


E-Rate 2.0: Defining Drivers and Capacity Needs

August 2013. As the Federal Communications Commission works to revamp the E-Rate program, the iNACOL and the CCSSO present a webinar exploring the pressing broadband telecommunications capacity barriers schools and students today. As more schools adopt new learning models powered by blended and online learning, an updated E-rate program will provide more opportunities for students everywhere. This…


E-Rate 101: Basics for Education Advocates

July 2013. Join education and broadband telecommunications leaders (including an official from the FCC and two former US Department of Education Directors of Educational Technology) for this webinar, designed to educate and empower education advocates to engage in the E-Rate reform discussion. The FCC is preparing to issue its Notive of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and Obama has…


OER and Collaborative Content Development

June 2013. This report provides educational leaders with a guide describing the benefits of OER, a framework for planning, and strategies for successful collaborative content development. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are tools and techniques used to transmit knowledge that have an impact on teaching and learning and are openly licensed to permit sharing and collaboration. OERs include…


OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing

June 2013. This report helps policymakers promote collaboration and deeper learning with Open Educational Resources (OER). The authors demonstrate how policymakers are helping teachers to build resources, share educational materials, and personalize instruction by permitting publicly funded learning materials to be shared openly. Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials licensed in such a way as to…


RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning

June 2013. This toolkit from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is for K-12 district, charter, and school leaders to use in the very early stages of conceptualizing and designing a next generation learning program, initiative, or whole school. Rather than offering a prescriptive model to follow, the toolkit…


Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?: An Introduction of the Theory of Hybrids

May 2013. This report, fourth in its series, analyzes blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory. The goal of this paper is to help education leaders anticipate and plan for the likely effects of blended learning in classrooms. The authors introduce their readers to sustainable disruptive innovation, hybrid models of blended learning, implications for education…