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August 21, 2014

Two Ways to Prepare to Teach and Perfect Your Online Courses

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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INFO WEBINAR: Tomorrow, August 20, 2014


Are more of your students enrolling in Online or Blended classes? Do you have the skills needed to develop and facilitate interactive online courses based on strong pedagogical principles? Join the upcoming Certificate Program webinar to learn more about the OLC Online Teaching Certificate and Advanced Teaching Certificate program options that can meet these online teaching needs.


OLC Online Teaching Certificate


The OLC Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education-learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. As part of this unique program, expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals.


Next Certificate Cohort Dates: September 9, October 7, November 4


OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate 


“The OLC Advanced Certificate provides the opportunity to learn from the very best alongside colleagues from all over the globe and promotes focused and structured refinement of both online teaching materials and practices.” – Joe DiPietro, George Mason University


Do you have 3+ years of online teaching experience? The OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program is designed to help educators fine-tune existing distance learning courses and degree programs using the OLC Pillars of Quality in Online Education: learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access.
Next Advanced Certificate Cohort Dates: October 22


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A final word from the neo-liberals…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices. We will examine how three different teachers in three…
The Spectrum | Saint George, UT
The Washington County School District is working in conjunction with Utah Online School to offer a blended model to middle and high school students allowing them to take some courses online while still attending traditional school. This blended model of online…
Next Generation Learning Challenges
Educators across the nation are gearing up for the start of a new academic year, and with that comes teacher in-service. For many educators, these in-service days look the same as they did 50 years ago: a ‘stand and deliver’ model where an expert imparts…
What do Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Bill Belichick, and Anshul Samar have in common? Sure, they all had a vision of what they wanted to accomplish. But more importantly, they got STARTED. The difference between a great idea and an idea that makes a great…
Our Seed Fund supports high potential entrepreneurs developing technology solutions for the biggest challenges in K-12 education. We look for areas where the power of technology can improve our education system and its ability to maximize the learning…
Kim Watson teaches 6th-8th grade students in both the resource room and co-taught settings at Pennfield Schools. In our conversation, she shared with us how her use of educational technology has evolved in her six years with the district. Kim has a strong…
Getting Smart
Higher education providers are producing more graduates than ever before, yet fewer than half of new graduates or employers believe that they are adequately prepared for entry-level positions. One missing link in the employment chain is weak signaling – employers…
Christensen Institute
For those adults working on, writing about, or generally pondering the fate of our education system, “teachers” are thought of as a stakeholder group, a fulcrum for change. But most of us are likewise bought into the idea of lifelong learning – that is, formal schooling may…
The Hechinger Report
One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year. Four thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of hours of digital media content U.S. youths aged 8 to 18…
2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium


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CEM Update: Crowdrise (12 PM ET Today!), USDOE/SETDA ($2B!), NatGeo/iEARN, HuffPo, More…

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Greetings, CEM Supporters–

A lot percolating this week, enough so that we’re going to be running two newsletters this week instead of one to make sure we do it all justice…

Crowdrise Crowdfunding Webinar Today
12 PM ET, August 20. 2014 is the year CEM starts moving beyond raising awareness to effecting change year-round.  Crowdfunding has become a key tool we can all use to take ownership of our profession, one that connected educators are particularly well-suited to wield.  Learn how and why from the experts at Crowdrise, the hot new crowdfunding platform that’s supporting CEM and connected education every step of the way… (registration is instant–you’ll have the URL to enter in seconds)

USDOE/SETDA ConnectED Event: Access To $2 Billion
2-3:15 PM ET, Sept. 11. The State Educational Technology Directors Association will be hosting a webinar to help educators understand how they can access the $2 billion in donated and discounted educational technology being made available under President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative.

The event will feature Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the US Department of Education, and representatives of nine ConnectED companies, including Adobe, AT&T, Autodesk, Esri, Microsoft, Prezi, Safari Books Online, Sprint Corporation and Verizon.

Nat Geo, iEARN: Global Collaborative Projects
7 PM ET, October 1.  National Geographic, iEARN, and PenPal Schools are first on the opening day calendar with an interactive hangout on how you can connect your students with students around the world through collaborative projects, sharing tips on how to get started, and more…

World Education: CEM Adult Ed Contest
World Education’s Tech Tips For Teachers announces the first CEM contest of the fall (the first of many, we expect), inviting adult education programs to share their best practices for technology in education for a chance to win $50 and have their entry posted on their blog…

Huffington Post: The Not So Common Core
Our friends at HuffPo have gotten an early jump on October with this piece on the common core, why it’s a positive development in American education, and why the challenges it faces are a positive too…

Getting More Involved: The PLN Exchange Project
Less connected educators hear all the time about the power of personal learning networks, but it can be tough for them to start one from scratch.  We’re aiming to create a PLN Exchange that will include ‘insta-networks’–Twitter lists for every educational role that less-connected educators can subscribe to as their first/starter PLN (here’s an example)–along with a collection of related resources, and we need your help.

We’ve created a Google Doc with a more detailed description of what we have in mind where we’re hoping you’ll add lists, resources, and any thoughts and feedback you have on the concept (you can also tell us if you want to be recognized as a contributor and sign up for updates)–thanks in advance for your thoughts!

We’ll be back with more later in the week–thanks, as always, for your support for CEM!

To get regular updates on all the latest CEM developments subscribe to our blog, sign up for the CEM newsletter, or check in with Connected Educator Radio. For more information on CEM, see our reports on the 2012 and 2013 events, and/or this post by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan…

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NCVPS Day 3 Status Report (Action Required)

From yesterday’s inbox…

(District-level coordinators, please forward this to your school-levels e-learning advisors.)

NCVPS has posted its Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report in the registration system. This status report indicates if students have or have not logged in to their courses. This link shows how to run that report if you’re an e-learning coordinator or e-learning advisor:

Look for the report titled “Fall 2014 Early Calendar 3-day No Show Report due Aug. 14th at midnight.”

District coordinators, you may run this report for your entire district and see where there might be problem areas.


If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started (this report is just for Early Calendar), and that they have their usernames and passwords.


Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.


Here are the dates for the status reports and last days to drop:


Early Calendar

Day 3: August 15

Day 7: August 20

Day 10: August 25 – Last Day to Drop


Traditional Calendar

Day 3: August 29

Day 7: September 5

Day 10: September 9 – Last Day to Drop

Thank you for your help!

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
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New Edition of Testing Standards Now Available

Not K-12 online learning specific, but may be of interest…

The Gold Standard in Guidance on Testing

Endorsed by the American Educational Research Association,
the American Psychological Association, 

and the National Council on Measurement in Education

The new edition of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing addresses important changes in federal law and major measurement trends affecting validity, testing of individuals with disabilities or different linguistic backgrounds, new types of tests, and new uses of existing tests. The Testing Standards provides guidance on professional and technical issues of test development and use in education, psychology, and employment. It is the leading reference for professional test developers, sponsors, publishers, users, policymakers, employers, and students in education and psychology.

The new edition reflects important developments that have occurred in the field of testing since the Testing Standards was last revised. Five areas, in particular, receive attention in the 2014 revision:

  • Examining the accountability issues for the uses of tests in education policy
  • Broadening the concept of accessibility of tests for all examinees
  • Representing more comprehensively the role of tests in the workplace
  • Taking into account the expanding role of technology in testing
  • Improving the structure of the book for better communication of the standards

The Testing Standards has been approved by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education as representing best practice for their members.
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