Virtual School Meanderings

October 22, 2017

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual school, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I also received the alert for cyber school, and again there were no relevant items.

Finally, I didn’t receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

October 21, 2017

CompetencyWorks Releases New Report on Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

And from the neo-liberals…

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CompetencyWorks releases Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education.


Today, CompetencyWorks released a new report, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education. This publication seeks to advance K-12 competency education along four key issues: quality, equity, meeting students where they are, and policy.


K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a critical point in its evolution, and the demand for competency education has never been greater. The four key issues outlined in this report are critical to enabling competency-based education to scale with quality and sustainability over the long term. The report provides actionable recommendations on how the field can advance through the next wave of innovation and implementation.


The report calls for creating competency-based systems where the culture, structure, policies and instructional practices fully support each and every student in their journey towards preparation for college, career and life.


Susan PatrickCompetencyWorks Co-Founder and iNACOL President and CEO, said, “K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a turning point, and we have an opportunity to redesign K-12 education to serve every student. Competency education systems prepare all students to graduate high school with the academic and lifelong learning skills to be leaders in their communities, visionaries, and agents of their own success – whether in college, career, or navigating the opportunities and challenges they will encounter in their lives.”


Chris SturgisCompetencyWorks Co-Founder, said, “This report provides deep insights into ensuring equity and quality in the design and implementation of competency-based systems, ensuring that all students are achieving at the highest levels, using their skills to navigate their lives and shape their futures, and discovering their potentials.”


Download a full copy of Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education here.


CompetencyWorks and iNACOL are hosting a webinar highlighting insights from this report on November 8 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ETLearn more and register here. For more information about CompetencyWorks, a project of iNACOL dedicated to advancing K-12 competency education, please visit

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The iNACOL Symposium, held on October 23-25 in Orlando, will convene 3,000 experts and leaders advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based education. Register here.

About CompetencyWorks

CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to providing information and knowledge about competency education in the K-12 education system. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators and early adopters, CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. CompetencyWorks also offers a blog on competency education in higher education so that the sectors can learn from each other and begin to align systems across K-12, higher education and the workplace. Visit the website and follow CompetencyWorks on Twitter: @CompetencyWorks.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.


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New Report: Takeaways From The 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference

From this neo-liberal group pretending to be an academic body.

It’s time for iNACOL’s 2017 Symposium!

On Tuesday, October 24th at 2:15 PM, see Tom’s panelHow new staffing models maximize the power of personalized and blended learning

On Wednesday, October 25th at 4:00 PM, see Julia’s panelEdtech that connects: Tools and approaches to expanding students’ social capital 

Christensen Institute · 425 Broadway St. · Redwood City, CA 94062 · USA

Don’t Miss ECOO’s Virtual Ed Camp!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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ECOO is hosting a Virtual Ed Camp on morning of Saturday October 21st.  The format will be as follows:

8:30 – 9:00  Welcome & networking

9:00 – 9:30  Panel discussion hosted by Stephen Hurley

Note:  this discussion will be broadcast on VoicEd Radio

9:30 – 10:30  Breakout session 1

10:30 – 11:30  Breakout session 2

11:30 – 12:30  Breakout session 3

12:30 Wrap up.


Note:  Some of the sessions will be recorded and/or live broadcast on VoicEd Radio.

Please register for participation and provide your input to the discussion topics at  Registrants will receive additional information regarding the day closer to the 21st.

[AECT] Call For Papers – HKAECT 2018 International Conference

Also from Thursday’s inbox…


Call for Papers – HKAECT 2018 International Conference


New Media for Educational Change: Effect on Learning and Reflection on Practice

25 – 27 July 2018 at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Organized by: HKAECT & Hong Kong Baptist University

The new digital and web-based technologies, coupled with ubiquitous mobile access, have provided us to whatever information we want, whenever and wherever we want it. In spite of the fact that the world has become increasingly connected and interactive, some scholars contend that new technologies have not brought about transformative changes in the educational arena. Furthermore, the always-on lifestyle has given rise to some concerns over its negative impact on young people’s cognitive development, attention, and learning.

The HKAECT 2018 International Conference seeks to encourage the sharing of the experience and reflection on the theme of new media for educational change. It encourages scholarly discussion that looks beyond what new media can afford for teaching and learning, and ponder over the actual effects of these media on communication and learning. In particular, we welcome the sharing of good practice and lessons learned of applying new media in a wide range of fields and critical reflection on the concerns and issues associated with emergent technologies.


  • Communication and new media in everyday life
  • Learning analytics and AI in education
  • Game-based learning and ubiquitous Learning
  • MOOC and open education
  • Design and application
  • Social context and learning environment
  • Social media in education
  • Risk and ethics in using new media

Paper Submission:

This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. We will have two rounds of calls for papers. The first round calls for full papers that will be selected for the proceedings published by Springer. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.

Important Dates: (Deadline extended)

  • Deadline for full paper : 1 November 2017
  • Notification of accepted papers: 7 December 2017
  • Final paper submission: 7 January 2018
  • Deadline for presentation/Workshop: 10 January 2018

Paper Publication

Selected papers will be included in the proceedings published by Springer. The proceedings of HKAECT 2014 international conference has been downloaded more than 13,500 times and become one of top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016.


Best paper award and best student paper award sponsored by Springer.

Conference Contact:


Web site:

We sincerely hope to see you in Hong Kong in 2018!

HKAECT 2018 Organization Committee


The Association for Educational Communications & Technology
Office: 812-335-7675
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