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Implementing District Blended and Online Learning Programs

May 2012. This leadership webinar focuses on implementing blended and online learning programs through the eyes of Jefferson County Public Schools (Jeffco), in Golden, Colorado. They have built comprehensive and successful online and blended learning programs, ensuring teacher success, program savings, and meeting student needs. Jeffco’s Director of Online Learning provides information about their program and their…


What K-12 Online & Blended Education Can Learn from Higher Ed

April 2012. Presenters share the Blended Learning Toolkit, originally developed by university experts for higher education, but it also serves as a valuable resource for school districts and teachers interested in implementing K-12 blended and online learning programs. The toolkit resources include: Guidelines – best practices, strategies, models and course design principles to assist in developing and…


Starting an Online or Blended Learning Program: Key Issues for Beginners

March 2012. Presenters review critical first order issues to consider before kick starting an online or blended learning program, including: Stakeholder involvement Educational goals Targeted student groups Instructional staffing Curriculum choices Administrative and delivery systems Student services Quality assurance State and district policies Budgeting Hear from a school leader engaged in the challenging and rewarding daily work…


Easy as 1,2,3: A Primer on Using Open Education Resources to Create Lessons, Activities, and Courses

February 2012. This presentation addresses and teaches best practices in using Open Education Resources (OER), providing both new and experienced online educators a ‘primer’ on using OER in their classrooms. OERs are abundant, but not widely adopted, particularly in K-12 classrooms. This is not due to quality of the materials, but more to issues of accessibility, ease…


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

October 2011. This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for: Online course content Instructional design Technology Student assessment Course management. These standards are guidelines for districts and organizations implementing blended or online learning, to ensure a high-quality education for all students. The standards should be modified to meet local needs,…


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

October 2011. This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for online teaching. Districts and organizations can use these standards, adapted for local needs, to design professional development and for the evaluation of online teachers. These standards indicate what online teachers should know and be able to do, and what online teachers…


How to Start an Online Learning Program: A Practical Guide to Key Issues and Policies

June 2011. Starting an online learning program is a daunting task, which often can be overwhelming. The information and resources provided here have been compiled and organized to help you feel less overwhelmed. The majority of content on this site is intended for program administrators — the people that are either investigating the possibility of creating an…

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Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways

December 2010. This report provides guidance on creating competency-based approaches for over-age, under-credited students that have fallen off the track toward graduation. Drawing on a wide range of expertise, this paper explores how states can create space for innovation, including design principles, minimum policy conditions and options for moving forward. Read this report and learn how competency-based…


10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning

December 2010. Digital Learning Now’s Roadmap For Reform provides lawmakers, Governors, and policymakers with tangible steps to transform education into a model for the world, a system where every student graduates from high school with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and careers. The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning are organized around the…


When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

November 2010. This paper provides an introduction to competency-based pathways, a necessary condition to realizing the potential of next generation learning. Significantly, this report finds that competency-based pathways are re-engineering our education system around learning – creating a system where failure is no longer an option. Look for other papers in this series, and review this report…