Educators and policymakers often struggle to find the right balance between keeping data private and secure and making educational technology systems highly available for the latest innovations in teaching and learning. This policy brief reviews recent legislation related to data privacy and security and reports on security breaches at various organizations. It also provides policy recommendations that incorporate best practices in technology, transparent data governance and security risk mitigation, while maintaining accessible and functional systems.
The Principles of Good Practice were developed to assure students about the quality of courses and programs at SREB’s Electronic Campus. The principles draw upon the work of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and other organizations. All Electronic Campus courses and programs have been reviewed against the Principles of Good Practice by the offering colleges or universities and have been coordinated through the state higher education agency.
Over the last two decades, states invested significant amounts of their funding to design, develop and implement statewide P-20 education data systems to collect, store and examine data. These systems were aptly named Longitudinal Data Systems (LDSs).
This report describes five trends that have emerged in state-run virtual schools in the SREB region in the past three years. SREB states have been leaders in establishing state-run virtual schools and now are taking the lead in ensuring that all students have access to online learning, that students experience online learning before graduating from high school, that course providers provide quality instruction, and that sufficient and stable funding is available.
Projections from the results of a 2011 survey conducted by SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative suggest that as many as three-quarters of all public school districts in the 16 SREB states will offer online learning options by 2015. This report outlines the survey results, including the types of online learning options offered, and looks at the potential implications for SREB states and districts in the future.
This executive summary reports on the activities of 14 of the state-level virtual schools in SREB member states during the 2009-10 academic year, based on an SREB survey. These activities include current issues facing virtual schools, as well trends in enrollments and funding.
SREB/iNACOL National Online Teachers of the Year are capitalizing on technology to engage students in exciting ways. In this report, the NOTY winners and finalists share experiences that can help all teachers integrate technology into the classroom to reach students effectively. Benefits include connecting with every student as an individual; differentiating instruction for individual students; and increasing access to courses. Looking ahead, NOTYs say that teacher preparation programs should introduce teachers to online strategies and that states need strong accountability measures to ensure high quality courses.