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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…


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…


Promising Practices in Online Learning: Blended Learning – The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education

January 2008. The rise of the Internet tremendously increased the quality of digital classroom resources, and schools and districts today are combining online learning with face-to-face instruction, called blended learning. By combining the very best elements of online and face-to-face learning, author John Watson argues that blended learning will emerge as the predominant education model of the…


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.…