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State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2010)

November 2010. In classrooms across Canada, the proliferation of online resources has rapidly changed the learning environment. Building on the initial Snapshot Sate of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada report, the authors gained critical information into how Canadian educational authorities are integrating technology into learning and teaching. Explore this report to gain insight into Canadian…

Author: Michael K. Barbour

Organization: iNACOL


A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning (2nd Edition)

November 2010. Due to the fast pace of change in the K-12 online learning field, many of the issues and concepts found in the first edition of this series required updates. This second edition of the National Primer series focuses on the basics of K-12 online learning for both policymakers and practitioners, while presenting the most current…

Author: Matthew Wicks

Organization: iNACOL


Virtual K-12 Public School Programs and Students with Disabilities: Issues and Recommendations

July 2010. Findings in this report highlight the need for additional guidance in policy and practice for providing special education in online programs. In February 2010, NASDSA convened a policy forum to identify challenges associated with serving students with disabilities, and to develop related policy recommendations. Project Forum, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office…


The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education

June 2010. In his blockbuster best-selling book, writer Malcolm Gladwell identified a phenomenon called ―the tipping point.‖ This point marks the level at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable and something happens that, in either large or small measure, turns the world on its axis. For those who have been working to improve education, it appears…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2009)

November 2009. In October 2008, iNACOL released the initial Snapshot State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada report, providing a brief outline of K-12 distance education in Canada. This report provides an updated analysis of Canada’s K-12 distance education regulatory schemes. Author Michael Barbour provides a national overview, reporting that all 13 provinces and territories…

Author: Michael K. Barbour

Organization: iNACOL


What Can Congress and the Federal Government Do to Promote Quality Online Learning Opportunity for All Students?

August 2009. This infographic portrays how Congress and the federal government can take actionable steps to promote quality online learning opportunities. By explaining specific policy approaches, and how to achieve each approach, iNACOL informs policymakers and constituents of potential ways to expand online learning opportunities. View this infographic for direct federal government actions that can improve access…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


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,…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2008)

October 2008. This report is iNACOL’s first systematic effort to examine K-12 distance education in Canada, and it has two main purposes: to examine Canada’s K-12 online learning activity, and to examine policies in each province and territory. Thus, this report provides a brief national overview of K-12 online learning, as well as a more detailed focus…


Access and Equity in Online Classes and Virtual Schools

November 2007. Online education is one of the fastest growing phenomena in K-12 education in the United States today. Over half of states currently have some form of state-run virtual school, with additional state programs in the planning stage. Various surveys have reported that at least one third of high school students have had some form of…