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Published: Sunday, 4 November 2012
iNACOL annual review

iNACOL has published its annual report on the status of online and blended learning in US schools. Entitled "Keeping Pace with K-12 online and blended learning - an annual Review of Policy and Practice" this ninth annual report provides a comprehensive overview of various trends and developments. In their opening snapshot the authors point to four themes that stand out from their research. First that while many US states have created or allowed some online and blended learning opportunities, apart from Florida, no state has yet created or allowed a full range of online learning options for students.

Published: Friday, 26 October 2012
location for iNACOL conference in New Orleans

Paul Bacsich, VISCED Coordinator, took part in the recent iNACOL Virtual School Symposium entitled "Inventing the Future of Learning" which took place from 21-24 October in New Orleans. This symposium brought together over 2,000 representatives from national, state, district, private, and other virtual school programs to take part in the largest K-12 online and blended learning conference of its kind in the US. Find out more from the conference website.

Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Online for-profit college in the US faces difficulties

In the July edition of eCampus news there is a report on the problems faced by Ashford University, one of the fastest growing online schools. One of the biggest problems facing this college is the rejection  of its request for accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Ashford's own website makes no mention of these difficulties and continues to make large numbers of college-level courses available online.

Published: Monday, 4 June 2012
Virtual Schools in the US sign up to Shakespeare In Bots

MindConnex in Ireland recently announced that it has signed up four large virtual schools across North America to its award-winning Shakespeare In Bits online subscription service. Shakespeare In Bits Live! is a cloud-based service that can be accessed from any location through a browser and internet connection. With over 140 schools accessing the service, Shakespeare In Bits Live! is proving a popular choice with traditional and virtual schools, read more on the MindConnex website.

Published: Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A recent article by Stephanie Saul in the New York Times (December 12 2011) asks a number of significant questions about the value of online schooling particularly when the management of online schools is in the hands of for-profit organisations. Describing significant revenue streams while embracing far from innovative teaching methods, several specific schools come in for significant criticism. This article paints a far from rosy picture of many virtual schools in the US although it is worth pointing out that the main bone of contention in the article seems to be with sommercal organisations running these schools on a for-profit basis. Read the full article.

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