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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…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit

July 2011. From Anchorage, Alaska, to Orlando, Florida, and from Gray, Maine, to Yuma, Arizona, one hundred competency-based innovators gathered at the Competency-based Learning Summit in March 2011. Because pockets of innovation were operating in isolation, these leaders set out to expedite capacity-building to meet the growing demand for competency-based approaches. This paper highlights the following three…


Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

July 2011. Leaders and innovators in competency education convened at the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit to explore how state policy can loosen its regulatory handcuffs from educators attempting to move toward competency-based learning models. This paper is designed to answer the following 4 questions: What is performance-based learning? What are states doing to advance performance-based learning? What…


The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

January 2011. Online and blended learning has the potential to be a disruptive force capable of transforming today’s monolithic, factory-like education system into a new, student-centered, highly personalized model of education. Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker define blended learning, outline six blended learning models, assess the potential of blended learning, and provide policy recommendations to…


10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning

December 2010. Digital Learning Now’s Roadmap For Reform provides lawmakers, Governors, and policymakers with tangible steps to transform education into a model for the world, a system where every student graduates from high school with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and careers. The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning are organized around the…


Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways

December 2010. This report provides guidance on creating competency-based approaches for over-age, under-credited students that have fallen off the track toward graduation. Drawing on a wide range of expertise, this paper explores how states can create space for innovation, including design principles, minimum policy conditions and options for moving forward. Read this report and learn how competency-based…


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


When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

November 2010. This paper provides an introduction to competency-based pathways, a necessary condition to realizing the potential of next generation learning. Significantly, this report finds that competency-based pathways are re-engineering our education system around learning – creating a system where failure is no longer an option. Look for other papers in this series, and review this report…


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