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Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, The Center released its 2015 Annual Report, Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities. From a variety of research inquiries--national scans, forums, surveys, interviews, observations, and data analysis involving various stakeholders in K-12 online learning [...] More

State and School Leaders Talk About Learning Online

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

The Center continues to reach out to groups who are directly engaged in or impacted by the involvement of students with disabilities in online learning. The presence of these students in full-time virtual, blended or supplemental coursework challenges us to re-consider special education in new contexts. Do practices effective in brick and mortar settings work [...] More

EPUB for Open Textbooks

Posted on May 5, 2015

While digital versions of print instructional materials have significantly expanded both access and usability, the majority of curriculum materials digital from the outset – both commercial and open resources – are, ironically, more rigid and less adaptable to retrofitting than their print counterparts. Progress is being made, often following a civil rights complaint or lawsuit [...] More

Distress Signals from Canaries in the Data Mine

Posted on Feb 16, 2015

During the past three years the Center has been exploring the experience of K-12 students with disabilities in online learning: those involved in full-time virtual schooling, those taking supplemental online coursework, and, predominantly, those involved in Blended Learning environments. Our guiding focus has been to explore the intersection of student, context and system design [...] 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