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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…


Wichita Public Schools’ Learning Centers

March 2010. This report identifies Wichita Public Schools as a case study for analyzing disruptive innovation – or the use of computer-based learning. Launched in 1999, these Learning Centers were designed for dropout-recovery and credit-recovery purposes. By 2010, the district served 946 students in 3,904 half-credit courses and had a waiting list of more than 300 students…


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs

October 2009. The standards in this document address what is needed for a quality online program, elements of which include quality course design and quality online teaching. This report provides the encompassing and over-arching set of standards program leaders need to assure a quality online program. It is designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations…


Sorting Through Online Learning Options: A Guide for Parents

January 2009. To assist parents in choosing the right online program for their student, we offer this list of questions parents should use as a guide. It is estimated that there are over one million K-12 enrollments in online courses across the country. The number of online courses and providers continues to grow at a steady rate each year (a staggering 30% annually),…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


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…


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


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.…