CarnevaLE, Dan (11/1/02) 12-Hour Rule Expires Today; Distance-Education Providers Had Long Sought Its Demise. Accessed 11/01/02: http://chronicle.com/free/2002/11/2002110101t.htm. Quoting from the article:
The U.S. Department of Education is issuing a final regulation in today's Federal Register to kill a once-obscure financial-aid restriction that had become a source of repeated complaints. Distance-education providers have been calling loudly for the rule's demise for several years, arguing that it prevented them from developing innovative online programs.
CyberSchool [Online]. Accessed 11/8/00: http://www.cyberschool.k12.or.us/.
Oregon's CyberSchool is serving hundreds of secondary school students in Oregon and throughout the world. Our goal is to make it possible for your school to provide students a wide range of curriculum regardless of the school's size or location. The Eugene [OR] School District 4J field-tested its Internet-based CyberSchool during the 1995/1996 school year and now offers 40 CyberSchool classes to high school students throughout Oregon and around the world. OPEN has recently partnered with CyberSchool to help deliver and market its products.
Distance Education and Training Council [Online]. Accessed 3/28/01: http://www.detc.org/content/whatis.html. Quoting from the Website:
The Distance Education and Training Council (formerly the National Home Study Council) is a non profit educational association located in Washington, D.C. DETC serves as a clearinghouse of information about the distance study/correspondence field and sponsors a nationally recognized accrediting agency called the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.
Distance Education Clearinghouse [Online]. Accessed 4/2/02: http://www.uwex.edu/disted/home.html. Quoting from the Website:
The Distance Education Clearinghouse is a comprehensive and widely recognized Web site bringing together distance education information from Wisconsin, national, and international sources. New information and resources are being added to the Distance Education Clearinghouse on a continual basis.
Education in Oregon [Online]. Accessed 11/13/00: http://www.ous.edu/one/index.htm.
A one-stop educational mall with "doorways" to Oregon's educational institutions, programs, and services at the K-12 and higher education levels.
ERIC consists of 16 centers and several contracted organizations. One of the centers is located in Eugene, Oregon. ERIC makes a huge amount of education research information available online. It provides an "Ask ERIC" system whereby one can submit questions and get help in locating appropriate resources. There is a component of Ask ERIC that is especially designed for K-12 students. Quoting from the ERIC Website:
Eduprise Need-to-Know [Online, and email distribution list]. Accessed 8/6/01: http://www.eduprise.com. Quoting from the Website:
Eduprise keeps you informed of all the latest news on technology, education and training in today's learning organizations with this bi-weekly report, Need-to-Know.
E-Defining Education ( May 9, 2002) Education Week: Fifth
Annual Education Counts Issue [Online]. Accessed
To appreciate how e-learning is changing the landscape of education, you need only look at the numbers. Already, 12 states have established online high school programs and five others are developing them, 25 states allow for the creation of so-called cyber charter schools, and 32 states have e-learning initiatives under way, according to a new Education Week survey of state technology coordinators ("E-Defining Education: A Survey of State Technology Coordinators"). Meanwhile, the survey shows, 10 states are piloting or planning to administer online testing. Oregon and South Dakota are already using Web-based assessments.
eLearners.com [Online]. Accessed 6/15/01: http://www.elearners.com/gna/schools.asp.
Provides access to more than 1,600 providers of Distance Learning. Also provides answers to a number of FAQs.
English, baby! [Online]. Accessed 4/10/01: http://www.englishbaby.com.
This is a company located in Oregon and started by three University of Oregon graduates. The free site offers ESOL instruction with a major focus on American slang and pop culture.
Evergreen School District (Vancouver, Washington) Internet Academy [Online]. Accessed 6/15/01: http://egreen.wednet.edu/eia/newwebdata.nsf.Quoting from the Website:
1. A Public School Program. The Evergreen Internet Academy is a public school program, operated by the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington. For more information about the Evergreen School District, including information regarding the Evergreen School District residence boundaries, please visit the district's Website: www.egreen.wednet.edu.
Hechinger, Lavinia (The Times Express 07/10/01)
Cyberschool set to open 'virtual' doors to local students
[Online]. Accessed 8/6/01: http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/index.ssf?/
The Charter School discussed in this newspaper report is for students at the K-2 level throughout Pennsylvania. The Charter School will provide instructional material over the Web both for the students and their parents. The article is interesting because it raises a number of the financial concerns of school administrators. Quoting from the article:Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School officials explained how their school will operate when it opens its "virtual" doors to students in September.
Hoyle, Glenn. Distance Learning on the Net [Onlinie]. Accessed 4/2/02: http://www.hoyle.com/distance.htm. Quoting from the Website:
Distance Learning on the Net celebrates 8 years of bringing descriptions of distance education web sites, along with links to lead you to further Distance Learning and education resources.
Online College Degrees. Accessed 2/14/06: http://www.accredited-online-college-education.org/
Oregon Access Network: A Senate Bill 622 Project [Online]. Accessed 6/15/01: http://www.ode.state.or.us/orAccessNet/. Quoting from the Website:
Students and teachers throughout Oregon have begun to enjoy the benefits of having access to a statewide two-way video network and an interactive video unit in every high school and Education Service District (ESD). The Oregon Department of Education has made significant progress in an eighteen-month process of connecting Oregon's schools and ESDs to the new Oregon Access Network.
Net School [Online]. Accessed 11/16/00: http://netschool.hsd.k12.or.us/.
Net School is an approved alternative of the Hillsboro School District 1J for elementary and secondary students. The educational program of Net School uses the power of the Internet to deliver instruction and expand learning through on-going teacher/student interaction. Net School gives students with various learning styles opportunities to utilize interactive multimedia technology, interact with their teacher and other online students, and the ability to extend their learning beyond the classroom onto the World Wide Web.
No Significant Difference Phenomenon [Online] Accessed 6/8/01: http://teleeducation.nb.ca/nosignificantdifference/. Quoting from the Website:
This site provides selected entries from the book "The No Significant Difference Phenomenon" as reported in 355 research reports, summaries and papers - a comprehensive research bibliography on technology for distance education. This 1999 book was compiled by Thomas L. Russell, is fully indexed, and includes a foreword by Richard E. Clark.
Oregon Community Colleges Online: Resources for distance learning educators [Online]. Accessed 11/8/00: http://www.oregonVos.net/~cconline/.
Resources for distance learning educators.
Oregon's One-stop College/University Distance Education (ONE) [Online]. Accessed 6/8/01: http://oregonone.org/. Quoting from the Website:
The Oregon Network for Education (ONE) is a one-stop marketplace for college and university distance education courses, programs, and services. All courses and degree programs are offered by Oregon colleges and universities accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Oregon Online Leaders Group (OOLG) [Online]. Accessed 3/10/01: http://skonline.salkeiz.k12.or.us/oolg/default.htm.
The following information about the May 5, 2001 OOLG conference provides a quick overview of the purpose of the group. This is quoted from their Website.Multiple endeavors are under way in K-12 districts throughout Oregon and southwest Washington to design and deliver online instruction. If you are involved in these efforts, or considering the possibilities, you will be interested in this one-day gathering in Hillsboro, Oregon.
NACOL (n.d.). North American Coulcil for Online Learning. Accessed 2/14/06: http://www.nacol.org/about/.
This site is a component of the Portland Public Schools Talented and Gifted (TAG) program. In compliance with the Oregon TAG Mandate for gifted education, Portland's program focuses on meeting the student's instructional level and rate of learning every day in the classroom across the curriculum. Classroom teachers assess a student's level and rate in all subject areas and modify the instruction to provide appropriate content challenge and instructional pacing.
Portland State University Independent Study Program for High School Students [Online]. Accessed 11/16/00: http://extended.pdx.edu/istudy/hscourse.htm.
The High School Independent Study program at Portland State University is the longest standing alternative, distance education opportunity for Oregon high school students. The program has approximately 40 fully accredited high school correspondence courses, each worth 1/2 unit (one 1/2-year semester). Courses are taught by certified Oregon high school teachers. Students may study at their own pace and take up to 18 months to complete a course. Course materials are delivered by regular mail. Assignments may be mailed, or in many cases, e-mailed to instructors. PSU also offers approximately 60 college-level independent study courses, some of which are Web-based. PSU is in the process of converting all of its independent study courses to the Web.
Russo, Alexander (October 2001). E-Learning Everywhere [Online]. American Association of School Administrators. Accessed 5/10/02: http://www.aasa.org/publications/sa/2001_10/russo.htm. Quoting from the Website:
The newest form of technology-based learning-increasingly called "e-learning"-is gaining a foothold in school districts across the country, some of whom like Charles County are devising their own approaches. A larger number of schools and districts are buying into online services offered by a handful of proprietary firms or statewide agencies, all of who tout this as a viable alternative to traditional classroom instruction and a superior method of learning for some students.
Salem-Kaiser (SK) Online [Online]. Accessed 11/16/00: http://skonline.salkeiz.k12.or.us/.
An Internet curriculum-delivery program, SK Online is an alternative program of the Salem-Keizer School District 24-J for centrally delivering Web-based curriculum to students living in and around the Salem-Keizer Public School District. The program is targeted to any school-aged student who has a need for acceleration or remediation, is credit deficient, has scheduling conflicts in a traditional school setting, has limited English proficiency, or is home schooled. In addition, the online learning model accommodates students who are medically fragile, pregnant and parenting, expelled, or in diversion. Courses are geared to young people whose learning style is better matched to the individual, self-paced nature of online learning.
Significant Difference [Online]. Accessed 6/8/01: http://teleeducation.nb.ca/significantdifference/.
This is a "companion" site to the No Significant Difference Phenomenon Website. It contains references and brief annotations to studies in Distance Learning in which there was a significant difference.
Southern Oregon Online School (SOOS) [Online]. Accessed 11/23/00: http://www.jacksonesd.k12.or.us/soos/index.html. Quoting from the Website:
Southern Oregon Online School is currently a consortium of seven high schools in this region. Beginning in Fall 2000, SOOS will offer core curriculum courses built around skills and objectives outlined in Oregon's performance standards and delivered using a combination of Internet and video technologies. Our mission is to provide "anytime anywhere" learning opportunities to students in our region. Southern Oregon Online School provides online courses that integrate the power of the web with Oregon performance standards and quality facilitators to reach a wide variety of learning styles and schedules.
Teaching and Learning with Instructional Technology: Portland State University Certificate of Completion Program [Online]. Accessed 11/21/00: http://www.extended.pdx.edu/ceed/instech/. Quoting from the Website:
This series of courses focuses on ways integrate technology into your classroom curriculum and use instructional strategies to enhance student learning. Building upon basic computer skills, you will learn how to design technology-enhanced learning environments, and establish a vision for effective use of technology. As you increase your knowledge and comfort level, you will learn to adapt to new and evolving technologies and acquire the technical proficiency necessary to become an effective 21st century educator.
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) [Online]. Accessed 11/18/01: http://www.usdla.org/ Quoting from the Website:
The United States Distance Learning Association is a nonprofit organization formed in 1987. The association's purpose is to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. The constituents we serve include Pre-K through grade 12 education, higher education, home school education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, and telemedicine.
This news item from TechNews.com contains some interesting assertions (statistics?) about use of Computer-Assisted Learning by various corporations. Here are a few quotations:"We think we cut the total time to deliver the instructional material in half, and we believe, based on testing, that we have doubled the retention," said Gary Jusela, vice president of learning at Home Depot.
Web Based Learning Resources Library [Online]. Accessed 2/15/02: http://www.outreach.utk.edu/weblearning/.
This Website provides an extensive tutorial about many different aspects of Web-based distance learning. Quoting from the Website:It focuses on web based learning for higher education, especially for at-distance, adult learners but has application for web based learning in general.
Zucker, Andrew et al. (2003). The Virtual High School. Teaching Generation V. NY: Teachers College Press,
"This study provides a balanced perspective on the evolution of virtual high school courses and programs . . . invaluable for anyone seeking to develop virtual learning experiences at any developmental level, in any context."
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