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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…


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…


Using Online Breakout Rooms for Higher Order Thinking Skills

January 2012. Tara Parks, a virtual teacher since 2003, highlights ways to create an online classroom experience where students utilize higher order thinking skills. This presentation will help you to differentiate and create assignments in your online classroom that will engage learners and provide better time management for the classroom teacher as well. Participants will learn strategies…


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

January 2012. Listen to Michael Barbour discuss how K-12 online learning has evolved in Canada over the past 4 years. The report, released by iNACOL in November, indicates that distance education at the K-12 level is continuing to grow in Canada and exists at some level in all 13 provinces and territories. However, the growth and level…


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…


Online and Blended Learning: Case Studies from K-12 Schools around the World

November 2011. K-12 education is in the throes of a worldwide revolution. The goal is to better prepare students for the challenges of a world that is rapidly changing – economically, demographically and technologically. These changes have already forced widespread rethinking of traditional modes of education, which fall short in providing students with the quality and breadth of…


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…


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

October 2011. This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for online teaching. Districts and organizations can use these standards, adapted for local needs, to design professional development and for the evaluation of online teachers. These standards indicate what online teachers should know and be able to do, and what online teachers…


The Online Learning Definitions Project

October 2011. The Online Learning Definitions Project is designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of definitions related to online and blended learning in order to develop policy, practice, and an understanding of and within the field. The initiative began with a thorough literature review of existing definitions, followed by a…

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