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Blended Learning in Practice: Introduction to Case Studies from Leading Schools

September 2012. The case studies shared in this report seek to highlight the experiences of leading blended learning practitioners, in particular, those implementing “lab” or “station” blended rotation models. The case studies were designed to address the following areas: Journey to Blended Learning Instructional Model Operational Model Financial Model Lessons Learned   Use this resource to discover…


The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

July 2012. The Art and Sciences of Designing Competencies paper discusses how innovators in competency education develop competencies. Often this is referred to as a tuning process or reengineering process – mapping from what we want students to know and be able to do all the way backwards to the choices for curricular tasks and assessments. This…


Classifying K-12 Blended Learning

May 2012. This report introduces a thorough taxonomy to the field of blended learning, based on feedback from the field and new innovations. To define blended learning and identify emerging models, the authors observed over 80 programs in the K-12 sector. In addition, roughly 100 educators met during a pre-conference at the iNACOL Virtual School Symposium in…


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…

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Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 9th Edition

January 2012. Four themes that Keeping Pace 2011 introduced largely hold true a year later, with some updates for 2012: Many states have created or allowed some online and blended learning opportunities, but no state has yet created or allowed a full range of online learning options for students—with one exception. Florida in 2012 has passed laws…


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…


Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009-10

November 2011. This report provides national estimates about student enrollment in distance education courses in public school districts. Estimates are based on district surveys during the 12-month 2009-10 school year. Specifically, the survey covered the following topics: Extent of enrollment Monitoring and accountability Deliverers and developers Courses Technologies   Download this report to browse survey responses and…


Online and Blended Learning: A Survey of Policy and Practice from K-12 Schools Around the World

November 2011. In 2006, iNACOL conducted its first international survey, titled An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International E-Learning Survey. Since the growth of online and blended learning has grown at an annual rate of over 30% for the past 10 years across the United States, iNACOL responded to requests…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2011)

November 2011. Online and blended learning are educational innovations that provide courses, teachers, and opportunities for students who may not otherwise have access due to geographic isolation. Canada was one of the first countries to embrace technology and the Internet in order to deliver distance learning courses to students in remote locations. Now, countries around the world…


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

October 2011. This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for: Online course content Instructional design Technology Student assessment Course management. These standards are guidelines for districts and organizations implementing blended or online learning, to ensure a high-quality education for all students. The standards should be modified to meet local needs,…