In 2010,  the U.S. Department of Education released its National Education Technology plan. While virtual programs had already been well established in many institutions of higher learning, the trickle down to schools was slower. However, with the release of the plan, a sense of urgency emerged among the nation’s public schools to integrate technology, develop online courses and components, institute computer-based testing, and a host of other technology related goals. Indeed, K-12 spending on educational technology reached $13 billion in in 2013 and is expected to rise to $19 billion by 2018.

With so much change happening at such a rapid pace, it can be hard to step back and process everything that is happening. Even more to the point, with such big shifts in pedagogy and changes in hardware availability, how do you even tell what you’re looking at when you do step back?

As part of our mission to increase the capacity of states in our region and K-12, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, New York State Education Department, Rhode Island Department of Education, and the Center on Innovations in Learning, NCC supported the development of the Virtual Learning Program Rubric to evaluate Virtual Learning Programs.

We also know that rubrics can be hard to figure out at an initial exposure, so we have also developed an accompanying online course. Hosted on the RMC Center for Excellence & Innovation in Education, a Moodle-based platform, the VLP Rubric Training course walks you through the Rubric in 4 modules each lasting 1 week. In addition to facilitation by those that supported the development of the Rubric, you will work collaboratively with other participants going through the same process through discussion forums.

If you would like to sign up for the course, register here. If you would like more information about the Rubric or the course, feel free to contact Anushka Paul (!


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