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OER – What are they and how can you use them in your classroom?

January 2013. How can teachers best utilize Open Educational Resources (OER)? This Teacher Talk webinar describes ways in which OER can enhance your teaching – whether in a face-to-face, blended, or online environment. In this context, OER includes the tools, policies, and an overall philosophy of teaching and learning, and T.J. Bliss and Annie Swinton discuss OER…


Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 11th Edition

November 2012. Keeping Pace with K–12 Digital Learning is the title of this year’s report. Digital learning is replacing the previous reference to online and blended learning. This seemingly small word change signifies a significant evolution in the landscape, and a major change in the way we are analyzing and reporting on it. A bit of history…


Webinar: Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning – 2012 Edition

November 2012. This webinar highlights the latest in online and blended learning policy and practice developments across the country. Come hear authors of Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice as they discuss key findings regarding policy developments and the growth of online and blended learning programs. In addition…


21st Century Skills: Implementing Online Course Requirement Policies for High School Graduation

October 2012. Many states and school districts throughout the nation are implementing requirements that each student take an online course prior to high school graduation. This webinar, featuring Wisconsin’s Kenosha Unified school district, portrays the various components – from policy decisions to parent outreach and teacher professional development – to consider for the successful integration of these new…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2012)

October 2012. As the fifth edition in the State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada series, author Michael K. Barbour investigates policies that govern Canadian K-12 distance education. Because Canada was one of the first countries to deliver distance-learning courses, Canada proves to be an interesting and compelling exemplar to study. Through analyzing its thirteen…

Author: Michael K. Barbour

Organization: iNACOL


Measuring Quality from Inputs to Outcomes: Creating Student Learning Performance Metrics and Quality Assurance for Online Schools

October 2012. This report provides outcomes-based assurance frameworks, with associated course-level and school-level learning performance metrics, as well as implementation recommendations. Viewed from the perspectives of online schools, courses, and students, this report suggests principles for reform that will help provide outcomes-based quality assurance to better identify successful schools, address needs of the student populations they serve,…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2012)

October 2012. As the fifth edition in the State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada series, author Michael K. Barbour investigates policies that govern Canadian K-12 distance education. Because Canada was one of the first countries to deliver distance-learning courses, Canada proves to be an interesting and compelling exemplar to study. Through analyzing its thirteen…

Author: Michael K. Barbour

Organization: iNACOL


NCAA Eligibility and Online Courses

September 2012. How does the NCAA craft rules and regulations for online courses? This Leadership webinar reveals updated NCAA eligibility standards going into effect for students entering Division I colleges or universities in Fall 2016. Primary changes include the following: Increased minimum core-course GPA Changes to a “sliding scale” feature Requirements for students to earn 10 of…


Statement of Principles for Model Legislation in States

July 2012. Globally, the highest performing nations have competency-based education systems – not systems based on seat time. iNACOL believes in student-centered learning and makes policy recommendations based on doing what is right for kids to have greater access to a world-class education. Authors of this report encourage legislators to adopt the following principles into their education…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Issue Brief

Topics: Policy


How States Use Digital Learning in Support of Education Reform

June 2012. How can states and districts take action to integrate digital learning and technologies into education reform efforts? The co-presenters explore actionable policy and practice ideas that address key education reform goals at all levels. In a new report funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, Dr. Tom Clark and Dr. Elizabeth Oyer explore the…

Author: Elizabeth Oyer, Tom Clark

Organization: iNACOL