The questions listed here came from Keeping Pace 2011 and are essentially ones that iNACOL recommends answering as part the strategic planning process by groups planning to start a virtual school program. Currently, partnership members are individually considering these questions from their own perspective, later the group will post answers based on consideration of each entity's responses.
Q. How will content be acquired?
Q. How will Open Educational Resources (OER) be used as part of the Nebraska Virtual-Hybrid School?
Q. How will content quality be evaluated?
Q. How will course quality be tied to student outcomes?
Q.What are the standards for good online and blended instruction?
Q. How will we recruit and hire teachers?
Q. What will professional development look like for first-time online or blended learning teachers?
Q. What process will be used to evaluate online and blended learning teachers?
Q. What supports systems will be in place to help teachers?
Q. How will you ensure interoperability between technologies?
Q. Which LMS will be used for the Nebraska Virtual-Hybrid School?
Q. Will the Nebraska Virtual-Hybrid School allow the use of mobile devices?
Q. Will the Nebraska Virtual-Hybrid School require the use of a specific Student Information System (SIS)?
Q. Blended Learning often includes the use of synchronous modes of instructions; will this be true of the Nebraska Virtual-Hybrid School? If so, in what ways will synchronous instruction be provided?
Q. Running a Virtual-Hybrid School and supporting blended learning will require unique technology expertise, where will this expertise come from and how will it be maintained?
Q. How will you offer student support services unique to online and distance-learning?
Q. How will the Nebraska Virtual-Hybrid School be funded?
Q. How much strategic planning has been done?
Q. How will the Nebraska Virtual/Hybrid School recruit students?