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June 9, 2015

iNACOL Webinar | 6/25 – Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

And from the neo-liberals…

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SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR

CompetencyWorks – Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

Thursday, June 25, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET (register)

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a Special Edition Webinar from 2:00-3:00pm ET. Featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, the webinar will explore the recently released CompetencyWorks report titled: Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders.

This report highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed leadership and educator empowerment.

Over the past five years, Sturgis has interviewed leading innovators and visited competency-based schools and districts nationwide. These innovators offer powerful insights regarding opportunities and challenges in transitioning to competency education.

This webinar will investigate effective district implementation strategies, informed by local education leaders, to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students’ needs.

“Transforming a school or district toward competency-based education requires extraordinary leadership, commitment, and vision,” said Sturgis. “The district implementation strategies provided in this paper, informed by innovative local leaders on the cutting edge, lay the groundwork for schools and districts to begin transforming toward personalized, competency-based learning models.”

“The traditional, time-based education system, which moves learners along in time-based cohorts, is no longer a viable model for our students,” said Patrick. “Its one-size-fits-all curriculum leaves students with gaps in foundational knowledge. Implementing competency-based learning creates a system-wide infrastructure where students do not advance until they have mastered specific competencies, eliminating gaps in learning and ensuring students receive the instructional supports they need to succeed. This student-centered system maximizes each student’s potential, ensuring they are college- and career-ready.”

This webinar is free to attend, but please register for final details and login information.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit http://inacol.org.

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June 5, 2015

Reminder: iNACOL Webinar | 6/10 – Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

A final item for today from the neo-liberals…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning


LEADERSHIP WEBINAR

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET (register)

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discuss their new co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts.
 
Personalized learning, blended learning, and competency-based learning are becoming of increasing interest to district leaders throughout transformation efforts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of new learning models, to share knowledge and expertise, and to discuss next steps to advance the field. The convening findings informed this report, which discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality.
 
In this webinar, the authors will discuss experts’ insights, reiterate lessons learned by early adopters, and provide recommendations to catalyze the transformation of the field toward blended and competency-based education.
 
“Our students will face enormous challenges in the coming years-from an economy shaped by ever-advancing technologies, to the impact of globalization-and they need the strongest foundation of academic, technical, and problem-solving skills we can offer,” said Chris Sturgis. “To address these foundational needs, schools across the country are exploring and implementing new approaches to education, including personalized learning and ensuring that every student has the knowledge, skills, and competencies to succeed.”
 
“Transforming a school or district requires extraordinary leadership, a commitment at all levels, and a clear vision of the future,” said Susan Patrick. “The traditional system of moving students through a one-size-fits-all curriculum in age-based cohorts is failing our students. Technology has catalyzed the development of new learning models that change the potential of how we can deliver instruction and assess learning, based on research grounded in how students learn. This paper, which explores blended learning options within a broader competency-based learning infrastructure, provides extensive background knowledge for educators to understand how to transform from traditional, time-based systems to personalized, competency-based learning environments.”
 
This webinar is free to attend, but please register for final details and login information.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit http://inacol.org.

This email was sent to: mkbarbour@gmail.com

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[DEANZ] DEANZ Webinar: MOOCs, Distance Education, And Why The Latter Wins

One for my Kiwi readers…

DEANZ Webinar: MOOCs, Distance Education, And Why The Latter Wins
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Dear member

We are pleased to present to you the next three webinars, part of the DEANZ webinar series:

THIS WEEK: Friday 5 June 2-3pmMOOCs, distance education, and why the latter wins – Mark Nichols (Open Polytechnic, DEANZ president). Apologies to those who weren’t able to get through on 22 May – one of the links that we had sent out was incorrect.

Thursday July 2nd at 11amMoving out of the computer room: Otago’s virtual desktop – Emerson Pratt (University of Otago)

August: Assessment in OFDL environments, Sharon Coulter (Open Polytechnic)
– further details closer to the time

Instructions for the first time users
If this is your first time attending a Blackboard Collaborate session, it is recommended that you review the requirements and setup your equipment at our getting started page: click here 
You may need to download and install the Collaborate Launcher. Please allow at least 15 minutes before joining a session to do this.

If you have any technical issues, please use one of the contact methods on the Behind The Blackboard website to connect with the free, 24/7 helpdesk: click here

As for equipment, you are encouraged to have a headset with a microphone attached. If you do not have one, no problem! You can use computer speakers to listen and/or a built-in or external microphone. If you do not have a microphone, you can communicate using the text chat.

———- Day of the Meeting ———-

It is recommended that you join the session at least 15 minutes before the start time to test your equipment and the software.

Login Information:
1. Navigate to the DEANZ Webinar Room
https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2011010&password=M.624C424963D09558103F44A83CBDFA
2. Enter your name as the “Display name” (this will appear in the participant list in the meeting room)
3. Accept any security confirmation requests
4. Once your name appears in the Participants section in the top-left corner of the Collaborate window, you’ll know that you’ve successfully joined the session. Other participants won’t be able to hear you until you’ve pressed “Talk” to turn your microphone on.

With best regards
DEANZ Executive

DEANZ – Making ako accessible for all
http://www.deanz.org.nz

JOFDL, DEANZ’s refereed journal, publishes research & welcomes submissions in this field

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June 3, 2015

CIDER Session June

Note of this event later today…

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Dear CIDER Member,We invite you to the June CIDER session, the final session in our special ten-part Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This free, online session will feature D. Randy Garrison, Marti Cleveland-Innes, and Norman D. Vaughan.

Title: CoI Classroom and Institutional Leadership

This session will demonstrate and discuss how the CoI framework can be applied to classroom and institutional leadership.

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/

The CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinar Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website at http://coi.athabascau.ca is acting as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

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Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research

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June 2, 2015

[CNIE-L] Invitation to CIDER session ­- 3 June 2015 | Invitation à un atelier de « CIDER » – le 3 juin 2015

Note this session tomorrow…

Dear CNIE Member,

We invite you to the June CIDER session, the final session in our special ten-part Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This free, online session will feature D. Randy Garrison, Marti Cleveland-Innes, and Norman D. Vaughan.

Title/Titre : CoI Classroom and Institutional Leadership

This session will demonstrate and discuss how the CoI framework can be applied to classroom and institutional leadership.

When: Wednesday, 3 June 20151:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time (Canada)

Date : Le mercredi 3 juin 2015 – 13 h à 14 h, Heure de l’Est (Canada)

Where/Connexion: Online through Adobe Connect at:

https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/

The CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinar Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website at http://coi.athabascau.ca is acting as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:

http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

 

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