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Office of Digital Learning

Blended & Virtual Learning

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Personalized Learning in Progress: Case Studies of Four Race to the Top-District Grantees’ Early Implementation
Published by the U.S. Department of Education?, these case studies share the experiences of four diverse school districts as they adopt personalized learning approaches that will prepare their students to succeed in the 21st century global economy. The four districts are highlighted in part because of their diversity, including the range in geographies, size of student populations, differing academic content areas, and their varied approaches to personalized learning.

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Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching, and Programs
Developed by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), these recommended standards provide guidance to districts on providing virtual learning opportunities.

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Blended Learning
This resource from the Clayton Christensen Institute defines blended learning and provides brief case studies of organizations that are blending online learning with supervised brick-and-mortar settings.

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Promising Practices in Online Learning
This resource from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) showcases promising practices for both blended learning and fully online learning.

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Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities
The Center disseminates high-quality reports about engagement, effectiveness, and accessibility of online education for students with disabilities. Partners include the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, CAST, and the National Association of State Special Education Directors.

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Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
The U.S. Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has created this resource to help states and districts answer questions related to student privacy and the use of online educational services.

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Free Online Courses for District Adoption
The 2013 virtual schools legislation requires the Department to identify and publish a list of online courses that are aligned with state academic standards and available for use by districts.

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Innovations in Education: Connecting Student to Advanced Courses Online
This resource provided by the U.S. Department of Education highlights six online course providers. The primary audience is district and school decision-makers who are looking for ways to give their students greater access to advanced course work and see online courses as a viable option.

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A Parent's Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program
The Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research InstituteTM (MVRLI) to provide a repository of research articles and other publications.

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Virtual Learning Program Rubric Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Developed by the Northeast Comprehensive Center in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the New York State Department of Education, and the Rhode Island Department of Education, the guide is designed to help districts evaluate virtual learning programs for quality and rigor.

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Blended Credit Recovery in Massachusetts Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Prepared by the Northeast Comprehensive Center in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this paper provides an overview of three high school credit recovery programs (Falmouth, Drury, and Pittsfield) that were reviewed with several of the Virtual Learning Program standards; further, it outlines practices and policies to guide and assist districts with comparable programs and inform those considering developing credit recovery programs.

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Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning View External Link
The Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research InstituteTM (MVRLI) to provide a repository of research articles and other publications.



Last Updated: January 25, 2016
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