Virtual School Meanderings

August 7, 2016

Darren Sudlow invited you to NetNZ Workshop: Teaching in the online space

One for my Kiwi readers to begin the week.  I’m going to try to attend this one myself.

This is a discussion based workshop examining the experience of teaching in a fully online environment. A group of NetNZ teachers will discuss the highlights, advantages and challenges of engaging learners in this environment.


NetNZ Workshop: Teaching in the online space

Wed, August 24, 11:30 PM

Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free
Are you going to watch?

August 4, 2016

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 8/10: Assessment for Learning Project: Rethinking Assessments for Deeper Learning

From yesterday’s inbox from the neo-liberals…

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Assessment for Learning Project: Rethinking Assessments for Deeper Learning

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Leadership webinarto highlight ways in which the Assessment for Learning Project is rethinking assessments to support deeper learning.In March 2016, the Center for Innovation in Education and Next Generation Learning Challenges announced $2 million in grant awards for 12 Assessment for Learning projects to support educators in fundamentally rethinking the core roles that assessment can play to support the attainment of deeper learning. These 12 grantees  are designing innovative ways to use assessment to build student agency, support a broader definition of student success and envision new systems of assessment and accountability.

Join this webinar to learn about the crucial role assessment plays in the learning process. Help inform and develop models of assessment and accountability, models of teacher capacity building, and the use of technology to create student-centered learning.

Bruce Friend, COO of iNACOL said, “In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ushered in a new era in federal K-12 education policy, creating a historic opportunity to rethink systems of assessments to support continuous improvement and student-centered learning. Modernized systems of assessments focus on continuous improvement, the rapid closure of achievement gaps, and provide flexibility to align with next generation learning models.”

This webinar is free to attend-participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.
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Webinar Title: Assessment for Learning Project: Rethinking Assessments for Deeper Learning


  • Linda Pittenger, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Innovation in Education (CIE)
  • Sarah Lench, Director of the Assessment for Learning Project, Center for Innovation in Education (CIE)

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 online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter

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August 3, 2016

EDTECH537 – Video Entry: MVLRI Spring 2016 Research Collaborative

As I mentioned in the Week 6 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I wanted to post a sample of a video entry.

Last week I posted a notice for the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) Summer Research Collaborative Meeting (see Invitation To Share Your Work At Summer Research Collaborative).  I realized that some folks might not be familiar with this research collaborative meetings that the MVLRI hosts, and instead of simply describing what happens I thought I would share the MVLRI recording of the last research collaborative meeting that occurred this past Spring.

July 29, 2016

Invitation To Share Your Work At Summer Research Collaborative

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

An space to talk with researchers about ongoing work and opportunities!
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MVLRI Summer Research Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, 8/10/16, 2pm EDT

Hello everyone!

We are emailing to invite you to join MVLRI at our Summer Research Collaborative Meeting, which will take place virtually on Wednesday, 8/10, from 2-3pm eastern. Meetings are held in Adobe connect at These meetings are designed as an informal way to bring researchers and practitioners together virtually in order to share opportunities for collaboration, including but not limited to research, grants, publications, presentations, as well as request critical feedback on current research. If you can’t join for the whole hour, please feel free to join when you’re free.

If you would like to present your research or a project that you are working on or have any information to share about upcoming opportunities for collaboration on research, grants, publications, presentations, etc, at the meeting, please reply to this email or email, and we’ll add you to the agenda.

We got the opportunity to talk with David Rose of D.C. Public Schools about their comprehensive approach to scaling a blended learning program across a large district while retaining quality. listen to our conversation in the latest episode of Virtual Viewpoints here.
A University of Maine doctoral candidate is seeking research participants for a Skype/Zoo/Hangout based study concerning high school teachers’ experiences in both the brick-and-mortar and virtual classrooms. Current virtual high school teachers prior brick-and-mortar teaching experience are invited to contact Linda Fuller, the researcher, or 207-461-1700. If you meet the preliminary requirements, you will be invited to participate in three distance interviews scheduled at your convenience. For more information, read our latest blog post.
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July 28, 2016

Featured August Workshops

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Featured August Workshops
OLC workshops are a cost-effective way to collaborate with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning.  We are committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all of our workshops. Toward that end, our workshops will utilize numerous proven teaching strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Enhance your online skills in one of our upcoming workshops.

Upcoming Workshops

Exploring ePortfolios
Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
Facilitating Group Work Online
Exploring ePortfolios
computer image.jpg August 8 – 14, 2016

In this workshop, you will explore how ePortfolios enhance deep learning, view examples of well-designed and effective ePortfolios, and reflect on the role that ePortfolios can play in your online courses and programs. Learn more in this short overview video.

Intro Workshops

August 8 – 14, 2016

Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. In this workshop, you will explore benefits and challenges of using tablets and mobile apps for learning and create a learning plan to integrate mobile apps and tablets into your online courses. Register >


August 22 – 28, 2016

In this workshop, you will explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue. Register >

Facilitating Group Work Online
August 22 – 28, 2016

Online group work poses challenges for faculty and students for a number of reasons, including differing technology skills, variances in team member participation, as well as logistics such as time and schedule conflicts. In this experiential workshop you will learn how to address those challenges by participating in a collaborative activity that models effective group work processes.

Exploring Competency Based Education 
August 8 – 14, 2016

In this workshop, you will explore the elements of competency based education to better understand how you can structure self-paced, learner focused, outcomes driven learning environments which measure student achievement through the collection of learning artifacts.Register >

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