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Keeping Pace Survey

Give your own responses to the Keeping Pace Strategic Planning Survey.

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning 2011

Download Keeping Pace 2011 for the most comprehensive report yet about online and blended learning and Virtual School efforts in various states.

Student Resources

If you are a Grade 9-12 student in a Nebraska public, private or home school, Virtual Education options and opportunities are awaiting you. Virtual education courses include video, web-based, and blended learning environments that feature highly qualified teachers and student-focused learning activities that meet Nebraska Core Academic Standards. Not sure if a virtual education course is for you?  We invite you to explore this website for Nebraska-based opportunities.

An excellent source for distance course offerings and virtual field trip listings is the Nebraska Virtual Instruction Source (NVIS) .

You should also explore the course offerings available through Nebraska's Independent Study High School housed at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

There will be much more to come as the Nebraska Virtual Partnership grows.  



ESUCC to sponsor K-12 use of National Repository of Online Courses (NROC)

LINCOLN, NE:  The ESU Coordinating Council has assumed the sponsorship of a statewide membership for K-12 use of the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC). You may visit Nebraska's Hippocampus site by going to http://www.hippocampus.org/?user=myESUCC OR nroc.esucc.org


"The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) is a growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement*. This non-profit project, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is an Open Educational Resource (OER) and facilitates collaboration among a community of content developers to serve students and teachers worldwide." (read more here)

The statewide sponsorship of NROC originated  through Nebraska's Partnership for Innovation (PFI) in 2008.  The original membership for NROC include higher ed use through the partnership.  At this point, the ESUCC is able to provide membership for K-12 users and will seek higher education partners to sponsor use at that level.  Additionally, the advent of the newly formed Nebraska Virtual Partnership will provide a centralized point of access for digital resources such as NROC and other potential Open Education Resources to be made available.

"The ESU Coordinating Council is pleased to be able to provide this resource as part of the Nebraska Virtual Partnership effort." according to Matt Blomstedt, Executive Director of the the ESUCC.  "We look forward to working with the Partnership and others to bring such high quality and nationally recognized resources for virtual and blended learning opportunities across the state."

Key Questions Posed by the Nebraska Virtual Partnership

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.

CONTENT:

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?

 TEACHING:

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?

TECHNOLOGY:

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?

OPERATION:

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?

Parent Resources

The first step is to have a conversation with the local school guidance counselor to explore your child’s educational needs to meet graduation requirements. Courses and or content are offered both for free and tuition-based. For more information concerning the opportunities available to your student, please explore our links.

What virtual education opportunities can your child experience? Your student’s options and opportunities are not limited by the school district in which you live or the school they attend.  Education partners across NE offer many courses in the core content areas, world languages, Career and Technical Education, electives, and a vast Advanced Placement course selection.

The intent is to keep your student physically in their local school and provide additional educational experiences through virtual education opportunities.

Nebraska's resources are still being organized however you may be interested in the iNACOL parent guide to online learning. Click here to access this useful publication.