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October 11, 2019

News From The DLC – October 10, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online and blended learning organization.

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News from the DLC
October 10, 2019

New DLC
course choice report
released
Latest Podcast

NCAA Approval Process with Nick Sproull

by Kathryn Kennedy

In this podcast, Dr. Nick Sproull, Director of High School Review for the NCAA Eligibility Center, shares more information about the approval process for courses.

Recent Blog Posts

Overcoming the ‘Immovable Mountains’

by Elizabeth LeBlanc

As I am getting ready for a trip to the National Customized Learning Summit, I’ve been thinking about mountains.

8 reasons why I love teaching online

by Sue Ekimoglou
Designed to mimic an introductory college class, Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses and their exams are challenging for students.
Interested in guest blogging
for the DLC?
We’re always looking for contributors, so if you’re interested in being a guest blogger for the DLC blog, don’t hesitate to reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
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Become a Member!
The Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) is a membership group dedicated to exploring, producing, and disseminating data, information, news, and best practices in digital learning. Our current members include school districts, intermediate units, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies. If your school, program, or organization is interested in becoming a member, please reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
The research community in the K-12 digital, online, and blended field is collaborative and works together to figure out what’s working and not working in today’s learning landscape. This community understands the power of joining together to reflect and discuss in order to move the field forward in informed ways.

Every year at the Digital Learning Annual Conference, the research community comes together to meet and discuss current challenges and opportunities. Open to non-researchers and researchers, we welcome anyone interested in joining the conversation!

For #DLAC2020, the Research Community Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23, from 1pm to 6pm. There will also be a social to follow. For a detailed agenda and more information, please visit the DLAC website.

The room where the Research Community Meeting will be held only seats 100, so please RSVP soon to hold your spot.

Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

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700 Main Ave Suite E
Durango, Colorado 81301

October 3, 2019

Report Notice – Course Choice: A Review Of Policy And Practice

Not an ideal time to be posting about this, but it has been a full blogging week thus far (with no real relief in sight).  This report was released by the Digital Learning Collaborative last week and I wanted to alert folks about it (as I haven’t seen a formal announcement of it yet.

Course Choice: A Review Of Policy And Practice

https://virtualschooling.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/320a1-dlc_coursechoice2019_v6.pdf

Executive summary

Course choice (also commonly referred to as “course access”) describes a set of state-level policies and
programs that allow students to choose an online course from one or more providers, and have their public
education funds flow to the online course provider to provide payment. The key element of the policy, as the
term suggests, is that students and parents have the right to choose a course, with relatively few restrictions
on their options imposed by the state or the student’s district of enrollment.

Course choice is one policy strategy to fill a critical need for students who do not have access to a wide
range of courses—or access to a specific course they are seeking—within their school. Another common
policy strategy to meet shortcomings in available courses is supporting a state virtual school or other
programs to provide online courses at below-market rates. In other states, no significant state-level policy
exists to address a lack of course availability.

The key elements of course choice are:

  • The student chooses one or more online courses from one or more providers.
  • The student retains control over the choice with limited restrictions. In much the same way that open
    enrollment laws allow students to choose schools other than those in their districts of residence,
    course choice allows students to choose a single academically appropriate course from outside their
    district of enrollment.
  • A significant portion of the student’s public education funding (pro-rated to the per-course amount of
    funding) flows to the provider of the online course.

Key characteristics of specific course choice policies and programs that vary by state include:

  • Whether students choose courses through a statewide source such as a common online course
    catalog, or alternatively find the course and enroll in it via the course provider or another source.
  • The reasons that a district can deny a student’s choice.
  • The recourse that a student has if the district denies the online course.
  • Whether students can choose from a single provider or from multiple providers.
  • The ways in which course providers are vetted by the state prior to offering courses, if at all.
  • How the cost of the course is determined, and in particular whether the state sets a cost per course, or
    the cost is set by the provider.
  • The tracking and reporting that the state does of providers, online course enrollments, and outcomes.

As of school year 2019–20, 15 states have or are developing some mechanism by which students can
choose online courses, but the states vary in significant ways.

The wide variety of experiences in states that have some sort of course choice policy in place suggests
that any findings across states must be generalized and will have exceptions. Still, a few observations
appear to hold true.

  • Course choice policies supported by a state program attract higher levels of enrollments
  • Often a single entity, or a small number of organizations, has an outsize effect on supplemental course
    enrollments in a state
  • Course enrollment data availability varies widely between states but is mostly lacking.

September 29, 2019

Thank You For Attending The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape

Note the recording of this webinar that may be of interest to some.

Thank you for attending The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape. We hope you enjoyed our event.

Please submit your questions or comments to: cjenkins@imsglobal.org.

To access the recording of this webinar visit https://www.imsglobal.org/webinars-and-videos.

Kind regards,
Cara
———————————————–
Cara A. Jenkins
IMS Global Learning Consortium
Marketing Communications Director
cjenkins@imsglobal.org

September 28, 2019

News From The DLC – September 26, 2019

Another newsletter from late last week.

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News from the DLC
September 26, 2019

In case you missed yesterday’s webinar with IMS Global,
we have included the link to the recording here! Enjoy!
Recent Blog Posts

A focus on the NCAA approval process

by Kim Loomis

Online content and tools are regularly used in the nation’s K-12 classrooms.

3 stories of how educational technology
can improve relationships

by Thomas Arnett
Around 2014, I noticed a troubling shift in how people were starting to view Blended Learning.

Digital learning and special education

by EducationSuperHighway Content TeamThe EducationSuperHighway Summer blog series celebrates the educators that inspire and showcases the ways that digital learning impacts students.

Interested in guest blogging
for the DLC?
We’re always looking for contributors, so if you’re interested in being a guest blogger for the DLC blog, don’t hesitate to reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
Follow us on Twitter!
Become a Member!
The Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) is a membership group dedicated to exploring, producing, and disseminating data, information, news, and best practices in digital learning. Our current members include school districts, intermediate units, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies. If your school, program, or organization is interested in becoming a member, please reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
The research community in the K-12 digital, online, and blended field is collaborative and works together to figure out what’s working and not working in today’s learning landscape. This community understands the power of joining together to reflect and discuss in order to move the field forward in informed ways.

Every year at the Digital Learning Annual Conference, the research community comes together to meet and discuss current challenges and opportunities. Open to non-researchers and researchers, we welcome anyone interested in joining the conversation!

For #DLAC2020, the Research Community Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23, from 1pm to 6pm. There will also be a social to follow. For a detailed agenda and more information, please visit the DLAC website.

The room where the Research Community Meeting will be held only seats 100, so please RSVP soon to hold your spot.

Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

Copyright © Evergreen Education Group, All rights reserved.

Our Mailing Address:
Evergreen Education Group
700 Main Ave Suite E
Durango, Colorado 81301

September 18, 2019

Register Now For A Free IMS Global Webinar: The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape

Note this up-coming webinar next week.

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We’re excited to share that Jay Heap of Georgia Virtual School and John Watson of Evergreen Education Group will join IMS Global’s Karen Daughtery in an upcoming IMS Global webinar focused on the K-12 Digital Learning Landscape. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, at 3pm Eastern. Registration is open, and we hope to see you there!
Register Now!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

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