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December 20, 2014

Professional Certificate In Online Education: Registration Open

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Registration open for UW-Madison Professional Certificate in Online Education
When: Feb 17-Aug 31, 2015
Where: Totally online
Certificate from: University of Wisconsin-Madison
CEUs: 7 (70 hours)
Join the hundreds of teaching and training professionals rising to the top of their field through UW-Madison’s Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE).

This internationally-recognized UW-Madison program provides evidence-based principles, practical foundational knowledge, and personalized learning to help you stay abreast of the rapidly growing world of online, distance, and blended learning.

Who can enroll?

The PCOE is open to everyone—from newcomers to more seasoned educators and trainers—interested in honing their skills and improving core competencies in online teaching.

What will you learn?

You’ll complete a professional ePortfolio to showcase your knowledge and expertise. The ePortfolio will be yours to use and expand on as you grow your online teaching skills. You’ll also earn 7 continuing education units (CEUs).

Covers key topics, including:

  • Online teaching fundamentals
  • Introduction to instructional design
  • Writing objectives for online learning
  • Online assessments
  • Online discussion
Don’t delay registering! Spring cohort begins Feb 17!
Questions? Contact Bonnie Schmidt :: :: 608-262-8530
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2015 Annual USDLA Conference Call for Proposals – Deadline – 12/22/14!

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2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals – OPEN! 


2015 USDLA 8th Annual Conference


The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) celebrates its 28th Anniversary and is pleased to announce the 2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. The proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme, “Distance Learning: Ignite, Innovate, Inspire!”. There is also a continued opportunity this year to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means your session will be viewed by face-to-face attendees as well as those attendees joining us virtually. You will be able to note your interest when completing your proposal submission.


We recommend that proposals be specific about what will make your presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on innovative issues, working solutions and should address the conference theme.  All presenters are expected to register for the full conference. Presenters are eligible for the Early Bird registration rate (even after the close of Early Bird registration).

Please note that the submission deadline is Monday, December 22, 2014.
Before submitting your proposal, please read the USDLA 2015 Call for Proposal Details.


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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with Education Week’s EdWeek Update.


Blended Learning Is About More Than TechnologyBlended Learning Is About More Than Technology

Problem-solving, not technology, should be the centerpiece of blended learning planning, say Michael Horn and Heather Staker.

(Education Week)

Also, the semi-regular the ASCD SmartBrief.

Study: Hybrid-learning model may lead to better performance
Students using a hybrid-learning model — one that includes direct instruction, group work and self-instruction using digital content — performed better than their peers on standardized tests, according to a recent study. Nearly all schools using the model reported better academic performance than those using a traditional-classroom model.T.H.E. Journal (12/18)

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Assessing the virtual school experience in Maine

Maine Connections Academy Principal Karl Francis said a virtual school is second nature to young people, who are savvy about using technology in …

How Big is Digital Education in the United States? An End of Year Review

There is also new evidence from an evaluation of the Florida Virtual School that digital courses are not inherently worse than traditional schools.

Assessing the virtual school experience in Maine

Maggie is a sophomore at Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtualcharter school, which opened in September after a two-year struggle to …

BOE discusses virtual school

Lawrence County Superintendent Heath Grimes said virtual schools are the wave of the future, and he wants the Lawrence County school system to …

How Big is Digital Education in the United States? An End of Year Review

This past school year enrollment increased by 6.2 percent. In addition, virtualschools, which provide supplementary course offerings, have about …

New facility broadens dance school’s horizons

New facility broadens dance school’s horizons … who has been dancing at All-American for seven years and home studies via Florida Virtual School.

The Common Core and Virtual Public Education

If your state has adopted the Common Core, every course offered through these virtual public schoolprograms is either already aligned with the …

‘Virtual option’ for making up snow days gets mixed reaction from school leaders

The State Board of Education passed a resolution for a “virtual option” when they met last week. That meansschools could make up snow days with …

Facing budget crisis, Lawrence County looks to create a virtual school

So it piqued our interest to learn the system is not just looking at creating more online courses, or even a virtual classroom, but a virtual school. It would …

Newham council: moving forward and changing with the times

The virtual school model offers support to looked-after children from “virtual teachers”, as if they attend a single school. This year’s Ofsted report stated: …

St. Joseph’s appoints two new members to foundation board

Currently, Feng is responsible for all software development at PEC, including all major upgrades to its virtual school platform. Feng holds a master’s …

Virtual school provides educational alternative

Beauanna Tyler, eighth grader at South Carolina Connections Academy, per forming at the Winter Arts Festival Online schools have provided students …

NC Closer To Opening First-Ever Virtual Charter Schools

The state is closer to opening two virtual charter schools. A special committee on Wednesday cleared two applications of proposed charter schools …

N/GRV school board seeks levy renewal

Nelson reported the district’s population is 269 FTE grades K-12 and 45 virtualschool students. Naselle Youth Camp Principal Alan Bennett shared …

Editorial: State needs to use care with online charters

We believe too many questions remain unanswered about how successful a virtual school can be for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, and …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

EDITORIAL: Cyber charters costly and concerning

The child is going to sit in his or her own house and “attend classes” via a computer provided by the cyber school, electronically communicating with …

On the Move: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

The University of West Florida and Escambia County School District partnered with Pine Forest High School Cyber Academy recently and participated …

EDITORIAL: Cyber charters costly and concerning

The state allows for-profit cyber charter schools to charge school districts — actually, it’s your property tax money — the same tuition rate that it costs …

Tomasacci warns Northwest teachers union to make concessions on healthcare

UNION TWP. — Northwest Area School Board Chairman Randy Tomasacci had a message for the district’s teachers at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Judge’s ruling expected on future of York’s schools next week

The state wants to convert all schools to charters, and now says the only alternative for students would be a cyber school. Lawyers arguing against the …

Fox Chapel Area High School government class hosts legislative forum

… were among hosts at a recent legislative forum that covered topics such as the state of public schools, managing charter and cyber school costs and …

December 19, 2014

Plugged In | 12.19.14 | (powered by iNACOL)

A final word from the neo-liberals…

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Getting Smart
When the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in 2012 the launch of an ambitious plan to transform our schools, we were all very excited, albeit a little nervous. But the plan to invest in struggling schools, and focus…
Christensen Institute
If I tried to define competency-based education in the fewest words possible, I would say: in a competency-based system, students advance upon mastery. But if you haven’t already, you’ll find that the concepts of “advance,” “mastery,” and even…
THE Journal
Students in hybrid classrooms outperformed their peers in traditional classes in all grades and subjects, according to the newest study from two organizations that work with schools in establishing hybrid instruction. According to the 2013-2014 “Hybrid…
At this year’s 46th annual Learning Forward Conference, the place where professional development professionals go to geek out with one another, the buzz around technology was eclipsed by a sobering reminder that tech-enhanced PD is only as…
Designing a school with only a blank page to start can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? Values? Themes? Needs of target population? Instructional approach? I couldn’t stop thinking about design at the very, very new UA Maker (the twenty…
Next Generation Learning Challenges
Blue skies! What a great holiday gift! Mine came early this year, and I’m not talking about the unseasonably warm and sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in Seattle. I’m talking about the Breakthrough Models Academy 2014 cohort projects. The…
NJ Spotlight
The scene could have come from any school principal’s dream, but there it was before Erskine Glover’s eyes, happening in reality. It was the first day of the 2014-2015 academic year at Quitman Street Renew School. Students and teachers were…
On a Monday morning in November, Louisville awoke to it’s first snow day of the school year. With a layer of white covering lawns and roadways, Mercy Academy geometry teacher Amy Wheatley scrapped that day’s plan and came up with a new one…
Columbia Star
Online schools have provided students an alternative to traditional public schools. South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free, online school that enrolls kindergarten to 12th grade students, serves students with the flexibility that…
The Learning Accelerator
Improving K-12 Internet connectivity is essential to blended learning and improving K-12 education. EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit focused on upgrading Internet access for every classroom in America, recently released its Network Essentials for…
Keeping Pace
As digital learning becomes increasingly common, the need for new and up to date information is growing as well. But as editors of the new Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning describe, “many [researchers] new to the field…
eSchool News
A new and free resource addressing six focus areas aims to help school leaders implement digital learning initiatives effectively. The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), from the State Educational Technology Directors Association…
The Xbox One is a great device for playing games, watching livestreams, or even taking in an NFL tilt. But as of last week, it’s also a gadget you can use as a learning tool. The Khan Academy debuted a free app on the Xbox One on Tuesday, Dec. 9…
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January Webinars – Easy And Convenient Ways To Learn During Your Break

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Dear OLC Friend, 

While some of you may be enjoying winter break or prepping for the upcoming semester in January, consider taking an hour to learn from one of the three webinars being offered. Learn more about our Mastery Series or Teaching Certificate programs. Or perhaps you’d like to learn about electronic classroom assessment techniques (eCATs).

Also, please join us for several google hangouts scheduled for January. These hangouts will feature key presenters and committee members from our Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium (April 22-24, 2015).

The OLC Institute is happy to kick off 2015 with information you can use to achieve your teaching and learning goals.

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Sandra Coswatte | Director, OLC Institute for Learning |
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