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Planning, Implementation and Policy Considerations for Blended Learning

October 2013. This webinar discusses common elements needed to implement a successful blended learning program, as well as policy considerations for states and districts. Join experts Greg Klein and Samantha Sherwood in identifying critical success factors for blended learning adoption. It is vitally important to have planned policy and support structures in place for blended learning programs…


Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning

October 2013. In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the Research Clearinghouse resources for K-12 Blended and Online Learning, guiding users through the searching and navigation features of the website. In August, partners iNACOL and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute launched the Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning. This resource is designed to house the…


Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning: Barriers and Promising Practices

October 2013. This report describes the implementation of blended learning programs in Idaho, and three key takeaways are apparent: Blended learning has a positive impact on teachers. Self-pacing enables students to take ownership and achieve mastery. Teachers must prepare with comprehensive teacher training. The authors emphasize the need for the field to conduct studies to challenge, adapt,…


Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

October 2013. This paper provides a scan of the literature to expand the knowledge base for the field of online, blended, and competency-based education. The goal of the paper is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and how the ideas integrate in order…


Partnering for Success: A 21st Century Model for Teacher Preparation

October 2013. This report studies the best practices necessary to rethink the skills, methods and pedagogical evolution that teacher education must address. If we are to ensure great teachers are trained, mentored and retained for our students — the programs themselves must emulate 21st century skills. The examples found in this report have unique elements and frameworks…


iNACOL’s New Learning Models Vision

October 2013. This brief summarizes iNACOL’s New Learning Models, which personalize learning using competency-based approaches. Supported by blended and online learning modalities, teachers use technology to differentiate instruction and engage students in deeper learning. By adapting instruction to reflect a student’s level of mastery, blended and online models have the potential to keep students engaged and supported…


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…