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Distress Signals from Canaries in the Data Mine

Posted on Feb 16, 2015

Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities Summit Series During 2016 the Center will hold a summit related to the benefits and challenges of online learning for students with disabilities. To prepare for that meeting, The Center’s Blog and other venues will publish articles and position papers designed to frame the Summit agenda. Canaries [...] More

Enrollment, Persistence, Progress, Achievement… Oh My!

Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Here’s how you do it – enroll in an online program, stay with it and you will progress nicely and even make some great achievement – right? Well, maybe not! It’s a little like the “Wizard of Oz” in that we’re following this “yellow brick road” – but do we know where we’re going?  Dorothy had [...] More

What State Directors of Special Education Need to Support Students with Disabilities in Online Education

Posted on Dec 18, 2014

  The following is a Proceedings Document based on Focus Group held at the NASDSE Annual Conference, October 2012. Two years ago, state directors of special education gave the Center some direction for our research. They indicated their need to have definitions of online learning and to learn more about online learning in regards to [...] More

What’s Important to State Departments of Education?

Posted on Dec 16, 2014

COLSD Forum with State Department of Education Staff On November 18th and 19th, 2014, COLSD brought six state education staff members together to discuss online learning and students with disabilities – Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia. We want to know what they find important in their states, particularly around the following eight topics: [...] More

Parent Survey Findings

Posted on Dec 4, 2014

Paula Burdette and Diana Greer of the Center have published their findings from the 2012 Parents’ Survey about their children with disabilities in online learning. Here’s a short synopsis of the paper: While research has been conducted on parental involvement in K-12 online learning, none of this research relates specifically to the parents of students [...] More

Online Education Survey Project Description

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

  Between September 2012 and January 2014, the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (COLSD) conducted nationwide surveys with four groups: 1. District Administrators who support Teachers who work with Students with Disabilities, 2. Teachers who work with Students with Disabilities, 3. Parents of Students with Disabilities, and 4. Students with Disabilities. In [...] More

Online Learning Vendor/School Contracts: What’s the Substance?

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

These days it seems every school district wants its own online or blended learning program – if only to compete with charters and statewide schools. To do online/blended learning right, though, districts need to start with clear educational goals and then line up the specific curriculum, instructional, and training resources they need to achieve these [...] More

Perspectives from State Special Education Directors on Online Learning (White Paper Series)

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has surveyed state directors of special education regarding online learning and has released a short white paper available for free download. More

Webinars For Teachers #4

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

The Center on Online Learning's fourth and final webinar for the 2013-14 school year was presented by our very own Dr. Jamie Basham. He presented on "Tech and Apps to Address STEM in Online Learning for Students with Disabilities." He described how Universal Design for Learning applied to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), can help teachers (and students) become "learning engineers." More

Webinars For Teachers #3

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

During our third of four webinars for teachers this year our own Survey Facilitators, Tracy Parent and her colleage Venetia Vaselopulos, from Illinois presented on collaboration in online learning using Edmodo and Schoology. Then Skip Stahl of CAST presented on “Universal Design for Learning in Online Learning for Students with Disabilities”. More