Thursday, January 13, 2011

E-Learning Special Report

These special reports from the technology team at Education Week Digital Directions aim to highlight the progress made in the e-learning arena, as well as the administrative, funding, and policy barriers that some experts say are slowing the growth of this form of education.
Download the interactive version of the report E-Learning 2010: E-Educators Evolving.

This special report, the second in a three-part series, aims to answer questions related to the growing role of e-educators in K-12 education and how to ensure they are trained and evaluated effectively.
Experts say many states and national education groups are behind the curve in addressing teacher quality in online education.
Many state-sponsored online schools are setting standards around guidelines from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning and the Southern Regional Education Board.
Experienced e-educators say leaving a regular classroom for an online-only environment takes more than just tech. skills.
But some long-running virtual school programs have learned a great deal about what online teachers need to know to succeed.
'Blended,' or 'hybrid' learning has continued to grow as more districts have sought to meet student needs in different ways.
Online instructors have more options in their arsenal than ever to help deliver and explain academic content, but even the most experienced online instructors can struggle with which tool to use, when, and how.
A recent survey found that only 4 percent of responding teachers had been taught how to deliver online courses during preservice education.
Two teachers talk about what they learned in a program that pairs the University of Central Florida with the Florida Virtual School.
With states, companies, and districts all managing virtual schools, it can be hard to establish fair compensation practices.
Online schools are constantly collecting data on the cyber actions their teachers take, from e-mails to instant messages to computer keystrokes.


Download the interactive PDF version of the report Crafting E-Curriculum That Inspires.

This special report, the final installment of a three-part series on e-learning, examines how schools are working to create high-quality digital curricula and online courses. It covers the influence the common-core academic standards are likely to have on building the online curricula of the future, the growing emphasis on teaching social skills to virtual school students, how schools are building courses that blend face-to-face and online learning, and the evolving role of e-assessments.
About This Report
This is the final installment of a three-part series on e-learning examining how schools are working to create high-quality digital curricula and online courses.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

The widespread pledge by states to adopt common standards could allow virtual education to truly break down state boundaries for teachers and students, experts say.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

The president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning talks to Education Week about the impact the common core standards are likely to have on e-learning.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

After crafting standards for higher education that are widely used, the Quality Matters Program outlines e-learning course expectations for K-12 schools.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

The content and approaches for courses that blend face-to-face and virtual learning varies widely, raising questions about what works best.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

One giant step K-12 virtual education has yet to take is the creation of courses that can be completed entirely with a mobile device.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

Virtual schools are adding social skills to the curricula to satisfy parents and students who worry about potential isolation in the online world.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

Elementary school online students need remediation or acceleration at junctures in their development some say are more crucial than any in high school.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

Developers of credit-recovery courses are constantly trying to figure out what will motivate underachieving students.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

College Board plans to add more robust content to the courses and make sure they emphasize the development of 21st-century skills.
January 3, 2011 - Education Week

The interactivity and flexibility of online curricula could lead to a wave of more effective ways to assess students, experts say.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

The state-sponsored school walks a delicate line between maintaining academic standards and ensuring it has adequate funding.
January 7, 2011 - Education Week

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