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February 24, 2017

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NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact […]

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Tele-proximity: Tele-community of Inquiry Model. Facial Cues for Social, Cognitive, and Teacher Presence in Distance EducationDistance education is expanding in all continents, and the use of video has dominated internet. Synchronous Video Communication (SVC) has not been an option thoroughly investigated and practitioners, who use and design synchronous learning scenarios, are in urgent need of guidance. Distant learners face many barriers, and as a result, they drop out more frequently […]

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Women Leaders In Online/Distance Education Associations/OrganizationsThere is no doubt that more women are needed in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Numerous reports (cf. Cook, Mason, Morse, & Neuhauser, 2015; Corbett & Hill, 2015; Landivar, 2013), articles (cf. Marks, 2015), books (cf. Sandberg, 2013), and data represented in infographics (cf. “Women who tech,” n.d.) substantiate the need, not […]

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An Empirical Framework for ePortfolio AssessmentThis research focuses on ePortfolio assessment strategies that yield important accountability and reporting information. Under foundational categories of reliability, validity, and fairness, we present methods of gathering evidence from ePortfolio scores and their relationship to demographic information (gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status) and criterion variables (admission tests and course grades) as a means for stakeholders […]

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The Cart Before the Horse? Exploring the Potential of ePortfolios in a Western Australian Medical SchoolIn 2014, the School of Medicine Fremantle of the University of Notre Dame Australia initiated a study to explore the curriculum underpinning portfolios used by first-year medical students. The School had used portfolios since 2005 and judged it timely to consider digital technologies as a mechanism to enhance student learning and improve efficiencies. A qualitative […]

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Online Education Costs More, Not LessStudy challenges the myth that digital instruction costs less — both for students and for the colleges producing the courses. Inside Higher Education

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DeVos Institute at UMD Launches Online Course – The Cycle: Management of Successful Arts and Cultural OrganizationsWASHINGTON, D.C. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, a global leader in providing training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards, announces a free online course for arts managers, students, and arts enthusiasts around the globe as one of the University’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). […]

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Stanford Radio on SiriusXM features ‘living room conversations’ with facultyThe satellite radio company will begin broadcasting two new programs in February featuring Stanford faculty members – as hosts and guests – on its “Insight Channel,” which is devoted to informative and entertaining conversations. After the programs have aired on SiriusXM, they will be available for free on a new Stanford Radio website. Stanford University

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IBM Launches “Digital – Nation Africa”: Invests $70 Million to Bring Digital Skills to Africa with Free, Watson-Powered Skills Platform for 25 million peopleJohannesburg, South Africa and Armonk, NY – 08 Feb 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) is investing $70 million (approximately ZAR 945 million) in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital – Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free […]

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23 February 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ February 23, 2017
Trading Options During Earnings in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN)

We’re going to examine buying and selling out of the money strangles in K12 Inc and find out once and for all what the winning trades have been …
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K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) Valuation According To Analysts

The share price of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) was up +0.82% during the last trading session, with a day high of 18.47. 243809 shares were traded on K12 …
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What are the Levels Indicating for This Stock: K12 Inc (LRN)

Keeping an eye on moving averages for K12 Inc (LRN), the 50-day is 17.63, the 200-day is at 14.01, and the 7-day is 18.21. Moving averages have …
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February 23, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 2.23.17

From the neo-liberals to end the day…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida onOctober 23-25, 2017. Submit your presentation proposal here. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. iNACOL is hosting a Special Edition Webinar on March 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET to explain the RFP process and timeline, and highlight ways to design interactive, meaningful sessions. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

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KnowledgeWorks released ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State, which is an interactive map and state-by-state analysis of state strategies to advance personalized learning. This resource highlights emerging ideas states are considering as they leverage flexibilities in their state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The House of Representatives voted to overturn accountability and teacher preparation regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Learn more here.

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Policies for Personalization: Levels, Pace, and Progress
Districts will need to develop a set of policies or guidelines regarding pace. The function of keeping students learning at a meaningful pace (as compared to delivering curriculum) is one of the most important and challenging aspects of…

New Report for Parents and Communities Opens Ideas on What is Possible with Personalized Learning
Teachers, leaders, students and families in communities across the country are coming together to explore how schools can better prepare students to succeed after graduation. Together, they’re exploring big questions such as: what must…

A Rare Opportunity to Shape the Future of Education in Communities and States Across America
With a new federal K-12 education law in the United States passed, the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015), it is a historic time in public education. The power has shifted back to state and local systems to plan, design and strengthen public…

Empowering Teachers
In competency-based schools, a collaborative and empowered cadre of teachers is the engine that drives learning. Student learning depends on a strong adaptive instructional cycle that, in turn, depends on skilled teachers using their…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

March Special Edition Webinar | A Primer on Submitting Your Proposal to Present at the iNACOL Symposium 2017
March 2, 2017  |  2:00-2:30 p.m. ET
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March Leadership Webinar | Future-Focused Education Innovations: Insights from Global Leaders
March 15, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
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March Teacher Talk Webinar | An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers
March 16, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
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March Special Edition Webinar | Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework and a Well-Rounded Education
March 28, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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April Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students
April 20, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
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iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
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Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Supporting Teachers at D51: A Conversation with the Professional Learning Facilitators
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

New STEM-Focused Micro School Concept Lands in Decatur
Brent Barron, Dekalb Neighbor

Moving to “Engage, Equip and Empower” District 51 Students
Jim Spehar, The Daily Sentinel

Can Micro-Credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development for Teachers?
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

The Road to Invisible Assessment
Kai-leé Berke, EdSurge

How Schools Improve
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Competency-Based Education: Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Mark Leuba, Educause Review

iNACOL in the News

5 Examples of Personalized Learning in Action
Laura Ascione, eSchool News
As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments. A new report from iNACOL gives…

Developing Our Understanding of Personalized Learning
Barbara Kurshan and Jenny Janovitz, Forbes
“Personalized learning” programs and the use of the term “personalized learning” seem to be everywhere in education today. It is understandable why there is such a “big to-do” about it. The achievement gap between students from high…

The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning
Leila Meyer, THE Journal
Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents…


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[JAEPR] New Issue Published

Nothing specific to K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning in this issue.  However, some interesting open access articles related to misconceptions around certain aspects of cognitive science (among other topics).


Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research has just published its
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Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and
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Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Missy Butts
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research
Vol 3, No 1
Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Missy Butts

Wonder-Ful Questions:  Introduction to a Response to the DFI Report
Rebecca Shore

Understanding of New Ideas
How Do Students Understand New Ideas?  In Response to the Deans for Impact
Report (DFI)
Jacob Boula,    Kristina Morgan,        CarieAnn Morrissey,     Rebecca Shore

Application of the Deans for Impact Report, The Science of Learning How Do
Students Understand New Ideas?
CarieAnn Morrissey,     Jacob Boula,    Kristina Morgan

Transfer of Information
How do Students Learn and Retain New Information? A Response to the Deans
for Impact Report, The Science of Learning
Brain Spaulding,        Dru Thomas,     Charles Yearta, Aimee Miller

How do Students Learn and Retain New Information? A Practical Application of
the Deans for Impact Report, The Science of Learning
Brian Spaulding,        Dru Thomas,     Charles Yearta, Aimee Miller,   Rebecca Shore

Problem Solving
How Do Students Solve Problems? In Response to the Deans for Impact Report,
The Science of Learning
Yolanda Kennedy,        Tracey Carney,  Joey Moree

In Response to The Deans for Impact Report: How Do Students Solve Problems?
Practical Applications for Educators
Tracey Carney,  Joey Moree,     Yolanda Kennedy

Application of Knowledge
The Science of Learning: Transferring Learning to Novel Problems
Richard Wells,  Thanh Le

The Science of Learning: Practical Applications for Transferring Learning in
the K-12 and Higher Education Settings
Richard Wells,  Thanh Le

Motivation to Learn
What Motivates Students to Learn? Exploring the Research on Motivation
Amber Perrell,  Julia Erdie,    Theresa Kasay

What Motivates Students to Learn? Applications for All Classroom Levels
Amber Perrell,  Julia Erdie,    Theresa Kasay

Myths or Misnomers: Research-based Realities in the Classroom Literature
Review for Deans for Impact (2015)
Maria Leahy,    Rebecca Shore,  Richard Lambert

Teachers Can Untangle the Truth from Myth in the Classroom: Using an
Interdisciplinary Approach to “Developing the Brain.”  An Application of
Deans for Impact (2015)
Maria Leahy,    Rebecca Shore,  Richard Lambert

Cognitive Science and Educational Research: A Shotgun Courtship
Richard Lambert

Left Brains, Learning Styles, and Who Cares What Time it is?
Rebecca Shore

Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research

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