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Publication 20172 pages

Ten Issues in Educational Technology

This flyer outlines 10 education technology issues that policymakers in SREB states should address now. Without adequate progress on these issues, states may fall short of their educational improvement goals, and their key policy initiatives may fail.

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Publication March 201714 pages

Expanding Accessibility to Digital Spaces Through Improved Policy and Practice

Making online content accessible for students with disabilities is not easy, but it is the law. As deficiencies have resulted in lawsuits and costly resolutions, more-specific legislation has emphasized that all students need greater access to digital resources. This policy brief reviews the legal landscape and offers recommendations for how states, state agencies, colleges and schools can comply with federal and state disability laws.

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Publication August 20166 pages(16T02)

Data Privacy and Security
Educational Technology Policy Brief

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. 

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Publication February 201620 pages

Direct From the Inside: KCTCS Direct2Degree Program

This document reports on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s 2013 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant to focus on breakthrough models for enhancing college completion. The KCTCS Direct2Degree program targeted low-income students in rural areas. 

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Publication February 201320 pages(13T01)

Trends in State-Run Virtual Schools in the SREB Region

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.

Publication 201316 pages(13T02W)

Confessions of the NOTYs: How Technology Helps Teachers Succeed

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.

Publication April 201212 pages(12T01)

Increasing Online Learning Options for K-12 Students: The Role of School Districts

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.

Publication June 201116 pages(11T01)

2010 Report on State Virtual Schools in SREB States

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.

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Publication June 20123 pages

Principles of Good Practice

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.

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Publication March 2010 | 10 pages | (10T02)
Cover: An Expectation of Sharing: Guidelines for Effective Policies to Respect, Protect and Increase the Use of Digital Educational Resources. SREB Educational Technology Cooperative, March 2010

An Expectation of Sharing
Guidelines for Effective Policies to Respect, Protect and Increase the Use of Digital Educational Resources

To realize the educational impact from the substantial investments SREB states have made in digital content, SREB recommends that electronic educational resources created with public funding be licensed to provide as high a level of potential for sharing as possible, both within and outside the state. These guidelines can help state-level administrators and policy-makers (as funders of digital educational resource development) establish policies, practices, statutes and regulations that increase sharing and maximize returns on investments in digital education resources.