Virtual School Meanderings

July 21, 2018

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Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Student’s Perspective: Reflections From an Online High School Valedictorian — We Are the Adults …

As a transgender teenager, I found that going to a virtual school meant I never had to deal with the stares and jeers that some of my peers in traditional …

Mineral County BOE looking at Cyber School

Board president Lara Courrier noted that the Burlington United Methodist Family Services School, where she works, uses the virtual school concept …

Missouri Political News: Missouri Governor Mike Parson Signs Final Bills of 2018 Legislative Session

… with their high school equivalency, choosing between the ACT and ACT WorkKeys assessment, and the creation of a virtual school program that will …

Agriculture And Technology School Moves Away From Virtual Status

Leaders at a new agriculture and technology charter school say it won’t operate as a virtual school after all. The Indiana Agriculture and Technology …

Agriculture And Technology School Moves Away From Virtual Status

The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School (IATS) advertised its virtual charter school as online courses partnered with hands on activities at a …

White Hat charter schools shrink again, turn e-school over to K12 Inc. founder

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The once-mighty White Hat charter school empire continues being dismantled, with its longtime e-school – the Ohio Distance …

Impact of virtual learning positive at Garaway

Members of the Garaway Board of Education learned about the positive impact the school’s virtualacademy has had over the past three years last …

Local teen actress attends virtual classroom while pursuing acting career

OCA opened in 2011 and is authorized by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board. It is tuition-free and is considered a public school.

ECOT Fallout: Missing Students, Returned Donations, Criminal Accusations

The fallout from the mid-year closure of Ohio’s largest full-time online charter school continues, with other e-schools struggling to navigate a massive …

Ballet student headed for Joffrey makes time for training through online classes

So Dimler, 18 — who had attended Walden III and Case High School — enrolled in full-time virtual learninglast fall, the first year that Racine Unified …

Hillsborough headed for a new mark: 25000 charter school students

TAMPA — Three more charter schools will join the Hillsborough County … Also on deck is Florida Connections Academy, a virtual school that says it …

Auditor: ECOT paid students to attend graduation, take state tests

The Ohio Virtual Academy, a different Ohio E-school said it had never heard of a school paying students to take tests or go to graduation, and said it …

More than 3800 students attend summer programs

The camps ranged from voluntary pre-kindergarten and virtual school to credit recovery and third-grade reading. Some of them are geared to help …

More than 3800 students attend summer programs

The camps ranged from voluntary pre-kindergarten and virtual school to credit recovery and third-grade reading. Some of them are geared to help …

Free Programs to Prevent Children’s ‘Summer Slide’

For students who want to get ahead of the pack and take free classes to earn school credits you can check out Florida Virtual School. Although too …

Virtual School? Yes, it’s an Option.

If you’re a parent, or currently enrolled in one of Southwest Florida’s public schools, did you know you have online school, or virtual school, as an …

Suicides prompt new Alabama school anti-bullying law

The sixteen year old transferred to a virtual school program, but her mother says she was still harassed by students from Baldwin County High School.

West Michigan charter school offers unique virtual education opportunity

The community of learners at iCademy Global is proof that online education can accommodate a variety of student needs and produce first-rate …

Treasure Coast Jerk Festival was a feast of spicy food, calypso dancing and rousing music

… $1,000 Dr. Marie France Children’s Foundation Scholarship: Hailey S. Westfall, Florida Virtual School; $1,000 Caribbean American Cultural Group ..

ESCO to launch virtual school

The district’s new virtual school, which launches in August, will also enable students to pursue accelerated, competency-based courses while …

Anderson 5 to launch virtual school day pilot program

ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – This school year Anderson District Five students will be part of a brand new program that will keep them learning even …

Virtual Schools Global Market 2018: Key Players – K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica …

An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. An online school can …

Kansas Supreme Court Orders State to Spend Millions More on Adequate Public Education Funding

… principal sum issued by the Kansas Legislative Research Department was paid in full; and (3) reduced virtual school state aid by $31.2 million.

MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation Announces Winners

Callie Bishop, Bradley County Virtual School graduate, attending Cleveland State Community College. Anna Cate, Signal Mountain High School …

‘Off-rolling’ must end, minister tells schools

“I want to intervene to stop that behaviour,” Mr Zahawi said, adding that he was talking about the issue with Ofsted, schools, and virtual school heads …

Indiana Agriculture & Technology School Won’t Operate as a Virtual School

In May, eLearning Inside reported on an innovative new virtual school. At the time, Indiana Agriculture & Technology School (IATS) was set to launch …

Athens Renaissance leads in school choice

This year, Brown expects that number to exceed 500 as more and more parents favor the flexibility of a virtual school. He said about one-third of …

Letters to the editor: Supreme Court, online education,Dry Creek

This “virtual school” allowed me to learn from anyplace with a personalized curriculum so I could work at my own pace, either on my own or with help …

Andover Community Calendar

Prospective families and students will learn about TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School’s personalized program, meet staff …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Mineral County BOE looking at Cyber School

KEYSER – The Mineral County Board of Education Tuesday will be holding the second reading of a new policy which will enable students to complete …

Mineral County BOE looking at Cyber School

KEYSER – The Mineral County Board of Education Tuesday will be holding the second reading of a new policy which will enable students to complete …

Fake students? Paris Academy online school closes amid fraud investigation

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (7/10/2018) – The Paris Academy online charter school has closed as Michigan State Police continue a months-long …

School board names assistant superintendent

He said the IDEAL review could help the district to retain students who might otherwise enroll in private cyber school programs, resulting in a loss of …

LM super laments district’s small state funding bump

Line Mountain pays private cyber schools about $10,000 per student while Line Mountain can educate a student through its own cyber school for half …

Williamsport buys equipment for new school year

Funding for both is through the curriculum, career technology education, cyber school and technology departments. The board also agreed to buy 60 …

Virtual Schools Market 2018 Global Trend, Segmentation And Opportunities Forecast To 2023

An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. An online school can …

PA Leadership Charter School: Try Cyber School!

PA Leadership was founded in 2004 and now serves over 2,900 students across the state. The school has helped shaped Olympic Gymnasts, …


July 20, 2018

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Digital Learning Innovation Award Deadline Approaching

From Wednesday’s inbox…


Dear Michael:

Less than 2 weeks remain before the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward) submission deadline. Have you completed your submission? Don’t miss your chance, gather your information and complete before July 31st!

The DLIAward  program recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:

  • Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
  • Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

Still not sure you want to submit? You can register to watch the archive of our informational webinar session.

All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal. Winners will be recognized at a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 13 as part of the OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando, Florida.

Visit the website for full details regarding the award competition.


Best Regards,

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer
Online Learning Consortium

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OLC Today Newsletter: July 17, 2018

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July 17, 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 14

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We’re Coming to New York City!

Russell Poulin Diane Recinos Devon Cancilla
Russell Poulin, 
Diane Recinos,
Berkeley College
Devon Cancilla,
UMKC and, as of August 1, OLC

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Spend the Day with OLC in New York City
Aug. 7 | Berkeley College | New York

Join several digital learning experts as we take a deep look at federal, state, and accreditation policies, learn how you can use predictive analytics at your institution, and learn to develop technologies, policies, procedures, and practices to identify and prevent online fraud.

Each presentation is followed by facilitator-led discussions that allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail. Register today!

Join the Conversation on Accessibility in Digital Learning
Sept. 25 | UMKC | Kansas City, MO

Kelly Hermann, Vice President of Accessibility and Disability Strategy at the University of Phoenix, and Cyndi Rowland, Executive Director, WebAIM at Utah State University will be joining OLC in Kansas City to lead the discussion on identifying the key components of institutional accessibility strategies.

These are just two of the General Sessions; join us for a full day of networking and learning. Register today!

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Kelly Hermann, 
University of Phoenix
Cyndi Rowland, 
WebAIM at Utah State University

Hear presentations from Kelly, Cyndi, and more at OLC Collaborate – Kansas City.

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Emerging Ideas Group at OLC Innovate 2018

Sherri Restauri with some of “her people” at OLC Innovate 2018.

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Why This Should be “THE” Conference You Attend
OLC Accelerate | Nov. 14-16 | Orlando, FL

OLC Accelerate 2018 Program Co-Chair Sherri Restauri recently shared what she’s learned from being involved in several edtech conferences and how she found “her people”.

Read Sherri’s blog post to learn how she identifies the most beneficial conference features that she’s found during her almost two decades in the field of online and digital learning.


5 Tips for Rebooting Your Mobile Instruction

In a Campus Technology interview, OLC Mobile Learning Mastery Series: Connect, Create, and Consume facilitator, Scott Hamm shares his best advice for rebooting your instruction.

Want to expand mobile learning in your classroom? Join Hamm in a cohort starting August 8th. By engaging in discussion with other online faculty and instructional designers, you will gain insight into the relationships between higher education and mobile learning, and uncover the potential of integrating smartphones and tablets into the learning environment. Register today!


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“The OLC Blended Learning Mastery Series greatly benefited my professional teaching development along with scholarship of teaching.” 

-Dr. Amar Kanekar,
University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Increase the Effectiveness of Blended Learning

The Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice aims to promote a deeper understanding of blended learning research and practice among teaching faculty members, instructional designers, and institutional executives through a discussion and critique of recent  literature on blended learning.

Intrigued? Join facilitator, Dr. Baiyun Chen, and your colleagues for the next Blended Learning Mastery Series starting on August 22nd. Register today!

New Online Courses for Instructional Designers

Whether you want to improve your online course design, fine-tune your project management skills, or become engaged in research initiatives, OLC has a course for you! These 4-week courses have recently been added to our offerings:

Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community | Aug 6 – Sept 2 and Oct 22 – Nov 18
Project Management for Instructional Designers | Sept 10 – Oct 7, 2018
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design | Feb 25 – Mar 24, 2019

Review the full program collection, and start enhancing your skills today.

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email_icon_leadership_100x100.png  OLC ANNOUNCEMENTS
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a\ Recognizing Exemplary Leadership in Online Learning

The OLC Fellows Program was established in 2009 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to online learning or an allied field. Nearly fifty current OLC Fellows represent a wide range of distinguished online learning leaders, administrators, faculty, and scholars. Nominations are open until July 31, 2018. Learn more about the review and nomination process.

Earn Recognition for Your Effective Practices

Award nominations are now being accepted for effective practice awards and OLC annual awards through August 30, 2018.

All recipients will be recognized at OLC Accelerate in November in Orlando, FL. Learn more.


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2018 DLIAward Nominations Open

Now in its third year, the OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward) competition recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. Prizes include monetary awards of $10,000 and $100,000. Award criteria, definitions, evaluation rubric, application, key dates, schedule of informational webinars, and other resources are available online. Learn more.



Creating an Interactive Syllabus
August 8-10, 2018

Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
August 20-26, 2018

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 20-26, 2018

More workshops


Mobile Learning: Connect, Create, and Consume
Starts August 8, 2018

Online Nursing
Starts August 8, 2018

Blended Learning: Research into Practice
Starts August 22, 2018


Instructional Designer Certificate
Starts July 30, 2018

Online Teaching Certificate
Starts August 27, 2018

Full Institute Schedule


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