I am not sure if this is always true, but October was a busy month with lots of reports related to online learning. In addition, the K-12 online learning industry shrunk a bit when Pearson bought Connections Academy. Then, Pearson released a free cloud based Open Class Course Management System that can be integrated with some Google tools.
And a round up of the reports:
The State of California Department of Education released their definitions of K-12 Online Learning which were similar to the iNacol definitions. In addition, the CDE is working on the state of online learning, which should be released by the end of the year.
The Digital Learning Now initiative released their state by state reports regarding their Digital readiness. You can see more about the rankings and report here. California ranked last while Utah and Wyoming ranked at the top.
The US Department of Education released the “Learning at a Distance” stats in brief which shows the growth of online learning in undergraduate courses.
The U.S. Dept of Ed also released the “Projections of Education Statistics to 2020” which suggests that enrollment in K-12 schools will increase about 4.8% over the next ten years.
The Carnegie Corporation of NY released Next Generation Learning – Paper 1 and Paper 2 – which suggest that the next generation building blocks for learning are “personalized, student-centered learning experience toward world-class standards”.
Finally, the U.S. Distance Learning Association published their annual supplement which appeared in USA Today at the beginning of October.
One report that ruffled a few feathers was Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S. Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation, which I wrote about here.