Welcome and Opening – Susan Patrick
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Susan Patrick's Power Point presentation:

Online learning started as a way to expand access to courses and teachers that were otherwise not available at schools. In the future, the issues will be centered on how to use the innovation of online learning to solve the bigger problems in K-12 education – how to offer a world-class education for every student, how to improve teaching and course quality, how to move to performance and competency-based models of learning, how to ensure every student is college-ready and how to scale the delivery model for all students. In this opening, Susan Patrick will speak about innovation and online learning as a disruptive innovation providing opportunities and options where they do not exist for students.

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NACOL is now iNACOL, the international organization for K-12 online learning.

International Perspective on Online Learning
China: 1.3 Billion people
• 20 Million 18 year olds
• 2.5 Million college slots
• With online learning increase educational opportunities to 100 million new students
• Universal access for K12 education in 10 years
• Need 200,000 more schools
• Shortage of good teachers
• Leverage teachers using technology to bring to scale
• Educomp program digitizing learning resources (online content) in K12 education – view as export opportunity
Turkey: 10 million students in K12 taking online courses
Middle East
Start from scratch and rebuild K12 education systems

World Future Society
Top 10 Breakthroughs Transforming Life over the next 20-30 years.

Internet Access
• China: 4million Internet connection in 1999
• China: 137 million Internet connection in 2006
• WiMax: 50 Km radius of high-speed, wireless broadband Internet (100 Mbs) end to end
Exploring the Gaps in K12 Education: National Overview
Spending on K12 education
• Average $9,969 per pupil in 2007-08 (more than any countryin in the world except Switzerland)
• International Ranking in Science and Math (PISA 2006) Science; US ranked #25 out of 30
HS graduates accepted into college
43% of community college students require remediation

Does every child in the US have access to a world-class education today?
K12 Online learning growing at 30% annually
2007 estimated 1,000,000 enrollments in K12 online learning in the US
In K12:
• 30 states with statewide virtual schools: 44 states with significant policies programs
• More than 50% of of school districts across the US offer online and distance learning
Should be approached as not only a temporal construct, but rather as a fundamental redesign of the instructional model with the following characteristics
• A shift from lecture to student centered instruction where students become interactive learners (this shift should apply to the entire course including face to face sessions)
• Increases in interaction between student-instructor, student-student, student-content, and student-outside resources and
• Integrating formative and summative assessment mechanisms for students.
• Combining F2F with fully online components optimizes both environments in the ways no other formats can make possible

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