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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, 5 October 2012
Latest edition of E-xcellence Manual on quality assessment published

The newest version of the E-xcellence Manual entitled "Quality Assessment for E-learning: a Benchmarking Approach" was launched at the 25th EADTU Anniversary Conference in Pafos/Cyprus. This manual is the main product of a suite of EU funded projects undertaken under the auspices of EADTU: E-xcellence (2005-2006), E-xcellence plus (2008-2009) and E-xcellence Next (2011-2012). The overall aim of these projects has been to develop a methodology and supporting resources for the quality assurance of e-learning in higher education.

Published: Friday, 28 September 2012
Report on growing European eLearning market published

Some impressive figures are mentioned in a report published on 25 September by New Ambient Insight. According to this study, the growth rate for Self-paced eLearning in Western Europe is 5.8% and revenues will reach $8.1 billion by 2016, up from $6.1 billion in 2011, according to this Insight report called, "The Western Europe Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2011-2016 Forecast and Analysis." In this regional report, revenue forecasts are broken out for twenty-two countries: Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Austria, Ireland, Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Romania.

Published: Friday, 28 September 2012
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Cracking The Credit Hour, a new report by Amy Laitinen for The New America Foundation, describes how the growth of online courses and the rise in ‘for profit’ colleges is adding to pressure on US colleges and universities to move away from the traditional ‘seat-time’ based model towards a competency based model. In a move supported by the federal government, some schools, colleges and universities have already migrated to a competency based model – something which is said to have been particularly to the benefit of adult learners.

Published: Friday, 31 August 2012
Schools Open Doors to New E-Learning Rules and Ideas

This special report, part of Education Week's ongoing series on virtual education, examines how US state policymakers, educators, and schools are rethinking and changing the rules for e-learning. It provides analyses on the benefits and drawbacks of these changes, and what to expect during this school year and beyond. Read this eMagazine focusing on US issues.

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Published: Thursday, 26 July 2012
Canadian study into online learning

A recent article in Contact North reports on the main outcomes of a key Canadian study into online learning.  It showed that Ontario had over 20,000 online courses available from its colleges and universities and that these generated some 485,619 registrations, making Ontario Canada’s leader in online learning. The data also revealed that colleges lead universities in the proportion of their courses available online (23% versus 7%), indicating what the opportunities are for expanding the sector’s online learning provision. Colleges also lead in terms of the number of programs with 20% of college programs available online compared to 6% of university programs.

Published: Monday, 25 June 2012
New Media Consortium Horizon Report for K-12 schools

The well-regarded and recently available NMC Horizon Report on K-12 Education reports on several interesting trends related to virtual schooling. In the report, its expert panel describes the Number One Trend for K-12 schooling for the period 2012-2017 as the shift in Education paradigms to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models. The report states that "Budget cuts have forced schools to re-evaluate their education platforms and find alternatives to the exclusive face-to-face learning models. As such, what once was seen as a challenge has now become an increasingly interesting trend".

Published: Sunday, 17 June 2012
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The Center for Public Education - National School Boards Association in the US has recently published an interesting report on Virtual Schools in the US. Its main findings include the fact that Online courses and schools enrol a small fraction of the 52 million public school students, but they are rapidly gaining ground. K-12 students take nearly 2 million courses online annually. In addition, about 250,000 students were enrolled full-time in virtual schools in 2010-11, up from 200,000 the year before. The report also found that the development, management and staffing of online courses and schools is supported by both public and private providers. For-profit companies K-12, Inc., and Connections Academy together enrolled nearly half of all full-time online students in 2010-11.

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