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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

Webinars For Teachers #2

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

On our second webinar for teachers this year we were fortunate to have two of our own Survey Facilitators, Tabitha Pacheco and Heather Goodwin, present on using the computer to adapt instruction. Our guest, Dr. Dan Pollitt, presented on ‘The Ins and Outs of iPads and iBooks for Students with Disabilities’. He provides a number of interesting resources and ideas for the classroom. More

A look at the study: enough help from online teachers?

Posted on Jan 27, 2014

Do students think they are receiving enough help from their online teachers? In this post, we will further discuss how we collected data, as well as some initial findings. More

How parents and students in traditional schooling view online learning

Posted on Jan 24, 2014

The Center has recently conducted a series of focus groups in Florida to examine perceptions of virtual schools. We wanted to capture these perceptions because, as researchers, we believe these are the key to the enrollment and the retention of students who might participate in these programs. Using a sample of students and parents from [...] More