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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

Research Update: enough help from online teachers?

Posted on Jan 8, 2014

Do students think they are receiving enough help from their online teachers? That is the question behind some of the latest research being conducted at the Center. First, researchers started with this premise: Online teachers play as crucial a role in the online learning process as they do in the traditional classroom, and student preferences [...] More

Update from the Director (January 3rd, 2014)

Posted on Jan 3, 2014

The New Year has provided an opportunity to reflect as well as a welcome change of pace for the Center. We’ve recently completed several large projects which themselves reflect upon two years of study. So, in the spirit of the New Year, I’d like to take this opportunity to look back and briefly discuss them. [...] More

Graduate Research Opportunity

Posted on Jan 2, 2014

The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas is seeking qualified graduate research students interested in working and studying in an innovative research center focused on K-12 online learning. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Sean J. Smith or Dr. Diana Greer at,, or 785-312-4485. More

Webinars For Teachers #1

Posted on Dec 16, 2013

Our first of four webinars for teachers this year was presented by Dr. Sean Smith on 'Social Skills and Apps for Students with Disabilities'. He described a plethora of tech tools, including many free or low-cost apps, which can be used with any student, but particularly with students with disabilities, to teach social skills. Many of the tools incorporate content areas such as English language arts. More

One-stop Policy Shop!

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

The Center has developed an interactive state policy database on K-12 online learning. Anyone can access and use this database to find policies for a specific states, policies by topics across states, and perhaps most importantly, policies that can be seen as directly addressing online learning and students with disabilities. More

Research Update: analyzing course text in online learning environments

Posted on Aug 29, 2013

The Challenge As online learning becomes an increasingly popular instructional delivery method, it follows that online courses should be designed to meet the needs of a range of potential learners.  In order to make improvements or recommendations, it is important to know to what degree linguistic text in online courses is constructed to give students [...] More

iNACOL Launches K12 Research Clearinghouse

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

We're excited to work together with iNACOL and think this clearinghouse could be of serious benefit to the online learning community. More