The Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report is now out, with an overview of the latest policies, practices and trends affecting online learning programs across all 50 states. I was honored to serve on the sponsor committee on behalf of Blackboard, providing guidance and leadership on this year’s publication.
Here is some top line information from this year’s report.
Last week, I attended the iNACOL Virtual School Symposium (VSS) conference. This yearly event brings the online learning community together for new learnings and connections. This year’s event covered the following themes:
2. The resources available for online learning continue to expand and improve in the delivery of quality learning experiences.
3. Virtual Schools continue to thrive but there is a strong expansion in districts that are planning and/or implementing online learning for a broader range of students. Blended learning expands beyond virtual schools to virtual learning in all schools. Of the 1.5 million online students, iNACOL estimates approximately 1 million are in general district programs, not full time virtual programs.
I want to take this first blog entry to introduce myself and tell you about what I will be sharing in this blog space. My name is John Canuel and I am the VP for K-12 Global Strategies. My work at Blackboard involves working with K-12 clients and leadership organizations to support how Blackboard can best support the needs of K-12 organizations, districts and schools to provide the best teaching and learning environments for our students. I will also be focusing on practice leadership, and ongoing communication with our K-12 partners.