Published by iNACOL November 2011, Hardcopy $9.95. Free PDF download.
In 2006, the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) conducted its first international survey, researching how other countries were implementing online and blended learning opportunities for their primary and secondary (K-12) students.
As the pace of growth of online and blended learning has grown at an average of over 30% each year for the past 10 years across the United States, there have been several requests to update the research done from An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International E-Learning Survey.1 As a result, iNACOL undertook the project to produce a new report on the international state of K-12 online learning with the assistance of several members of the iNACOL Research Committee
The collection of the content for this report was made possible through the Atlas Economic Research Foundation to replicate and extend the 2006 International Survey conducted by iNACOL. Atlas worked with current education researchers in over 60 countries to answer several questions about the state of online learning policy and practice for primary and secondary (K-12) students in each country. iNACOL received a total of 50 completed surveys.
The surveys included 23 questions that were thematically focused around the following areas:
- Government involvement in online learning in areas such as planning, finance, and leadership
- Numbers of students taking courses online and the geographic areas served
- Instructor professional development
- Quality standards for courses and supportive services
- Challenges for online learning
- Technology used by students