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December 22, 2014

2015 OLC Teaching Certificate Programs – Now Better Than Ever

From Friday’s inbox…

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Dear OLC Friend,

Hundreds of online educators have already successfully completed the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Programs. Now it’s your turn.

The OLC Online Teaching Certificate has been newly enhanced for 2015 to include an extra week of the foundation program (now 10 weeks), the creation of a robust learning community and additional opportunities for peer learning.

The Advanced Online Teaching Certificate has been upgraded to make it even more convenient with a shortened schedule and recorded final presentations.

Upcoming Cohorts: 
Online Teaching Certificate Program - January 13, February 10
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program - January 16
Let our expert facilitators guide you on the path to improved, quality online courses in 2015.
Best regards,
Sandra Coswatte | Director, OLC Institute for Learning
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The Online Learning Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950

The Pulse Newsletter: December Edition

From Saturday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
The Pulse. A newsletter for FLVS Parents and Students
The Pulse Newsletter: December Edition
Dear Michael,


Your December 2014 issue of The Pulse newsletter can be found here!

Don’t forget that FLVS instructors and staff will be on Winter Break from 12/22-1/2. Our customer care team will be out on the 25th, 26th, and the 1st, but available to answer your calls from 9-5pm for the remainder of the break at800-374-1430.
Outside the state of Florida?
Find news and updates from FLVS Global here.
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Florida Virtual School | 2145 MetroCenter Blvd, Ste 200 | Orlando | FL | 32835

MOOC-Ed End-of-Year Update

Also from last week…



December 18, 2014


Spring 2015 Courses

We are excited to announce that we will be offering six courses this coming spring! They include:

  • Fraction Foundations
  • Learning Differences
  • Digital Learning Transitions
  • Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning
  • Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change
  • New! Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations

Click here for a description of each course and its start date. Registration will open in January.

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Thank You for a Wonderful Year

It has been an exciting year for our MOOC-Ed initiative. We ran 9 courses with a total of 6,992 people registered from every state and 104 countries. We have continued to learn and refine our design principles, recognizing more and more the importance of multiple voices. Our research agenda continues to grow (much more on that in the coming year) and we have a rising number of publications and presentations about our work. One of the many exciting events of the year was attending President Obama’s announcement at the White House of the Future Ready Schools initiative. We are part of the team preparing the follow-up events for district leaders, the first of which will be here at the FridayInstitute in February, with our Planning for the Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed being part of the program of activities to support this new national initiative. Best wishes to our hard-working educator friends for a joyous and restful holiday before we all begin another busy and exciting year.
Glenn Kleiman
Executive Director of the Friday Institute

4,709 Participants from Around the World

Record Numbers for the Fall

With our highest enrollment numbers to date, we uncovered some interesting data about who MOOC-Ed participants are and what they like most about our courses.

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New in Research & Presentations

In the Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning MOOC-Ed, we intentionally relate inquiry to disciplinary literacy in core subjects (English/Language Arts, Science, History & Social Studies, & Mathematics). For a full explanation of our 5-phase inquiry process and how the intellectual processes may differ based on discipline, please click here.

Participant Reflections

When courses end, we ask participants to provide some feedback on what they thought about the course, what features were helpful or most useful, and how they are using what they learned in their schools and districts.Click here to read what some of the fall 2014 participants across four courses had to say.

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State’s College of Education.
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AERA15 Insider – December 2014

From the inbox this past week…

Open AERA15 Insider in your browser.

AERA15 Insider
December 2014The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research and a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow’s education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world. Leading up to the 2015 Annual Meeting, AERA15 Insider will provide a monthly glance at meeting highlights and features. We invite you to join us Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 20 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:Online Registration and Housing Now Available

Chicago-Themed Sessions at the Annual Meeting

Film Expo Seeks Recommendations 

Discover Chicago

April 16–20, 2015

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Key Dates

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Online Registration and Housing Now Available

Join more than 13,000 AERA members and scholars from aligned fields and disciplines in Chicago and select from over 2,000 sessions featuring high-quality and timely education research. AERA members receive a sizable discount on meeting registration. To get the special member registration rate please make sure you have renewed your AERA membership for 2015.

Register Now

Windy City Focus
Chicago-Themed Sessions at the Annual Meeting

From the restructuring of public education to the development of teacher preparation partnerships, several Annual Meetingsessions take a close look at issues and trends impacting education in Chicago, assess their local ramifications, and examine how they fit into broader developments. Although the full Annual Meeting schedule will not be available until February, take a sneak peak now at our preliminary list of Chicago-themed sessions.

Film Expo Seeks Recommendations

The AERA Invited Film Expo Screening, held in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Meeting, seeks recommendations from AERA members. The film expo will provide opportunities for meeting attendees to interrogate the evidence of various forms of injustice, particularly regarding issues of culture, language, and heritage. Recommendations — dueJanuary 4 — should illuminate justice-in-action in the everyday lives of people, locally and globally.

Discover Chicago
An American Treasure

Chicago is more than just a big city. Besides its striking downtown, which includes some of the tallest buildings in the world, Chicago has a distinctive coastline, hundreds of vibrant parks, and more than 200 unique neighborhoods. It is this truly distinctive mix of global attractions and local charm that make this city second to none. Visit the AERA Chicago Tourism website for information on attractions, tours, museums, dining, getting around, and more.

2015 Annual Meeting PageTheme | General Info | Program Info | Registration | 
Meeting Services | Housing & Travel | Visiting Chicago | Exhibitor Info | Contact AERA
2015 Annual Meeting
“Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in
Education Research and Praxis”
Thursday, April 16Monday, April 20, 2015
Chicago, Illinois


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Google Alert – LRN: 19 December 2014

So these have started up again and I’ll continue to post them as I receive them.  The K12, Inc. close from this past Friday…


Daily update ⋅ December 20, 2014
Stock price: LRN (NYSE)
$12.3 +0.24 (+1.99%)
December 19, 2014 at 4:03:09 PM EST | Disclaimer
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Stock in News: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Apricus Biosciences (NASDAQ:APRI), K12 (NYSE

On last trading day K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN) increased 1.99% to close at $12.30. Its volatility for the week is 3.64% while volatility for the month is 3.48%.
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