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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


Using the Online Learning Environment to Meet the Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities

May 2012. The 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year leads a panel discussion on common misconceptions and roadblocks to teaching students with disabilities online. Presenters from district and teacher levels identify the unique needs of students with disabilities as well as strategies to meet those needs in the online learning environment. The panel takes a look…


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…


Jumpstart Mobile Learning in Your Online and Blended Courses

April 2012. This webinar presents several ways to enhance learning through mobile devices. Mobile learning design considerations are presented along with a few case studies. A variety of tools and alternatives, some of which are free, are also mentioned, in addition to tips and tricks for developing mobile content and leveraging the opportunities mobile learning provides. View…


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…


REAL Classrooms in a VIRTUAL World

March 2012. This presentation focuses on how to ensure online education is innovative, providing a learning environment where student potential is maximized. Best classroom teaching practices are translated to an online setting for simple implementation. The presentation also shares successful ways to create a social presence both as a student and a teacher in the online setting.…


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…


Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues

March 2012. iNACOL released this policy brief providing federal legislators with background information and concrete, actionable recommendations on 5 key issues within student-centered, competency-based education. Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues advocates for the following key policy takeaways: Base accountability on individual student growth models to support student-centered, competency-based learning. Support performance-based systems of assessments. Support…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


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…


Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity

January 2012. The purpose of this report is to support administrators and policymakers in becoming informed consumers of information about online learning and its potential impact on productivity. It provides foundational knowledge and a conceptual framework, drawing specifically on cost-effective analyses. Literature suggests 9 ways in which online learning can improve productivity: Broadening access Engaging students in…