... an online course management system
Moodle is a software program for creating your own Internet-based courses or provide digital support for face-to-face classes in a hybrid format.
Moodle is a global development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education. Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software. Basically this means Moodle is copyrighted, but that you have additional freedoms. You are allowed to copy, use and modify Moodle provided that you agree to: provide the source to others; not modify or remove the original license and copyrights, and apply this same license to any derivative work.
Online presentations and videos about Moodle...
Moodle: Bringing true eLearning to your classroom
Try Moodle out to see what it can do at demo.moodle.net
...click o the Moodle Features Demo linkUsing Moodle in the classroom (YouTube video)
Other example sites (design examples, access limited)
Oakland Schools Online Studies
Osceola County School District
Kent School District Moodle Classroom Portal
Woodland Park School District Moodle Site
Ninehub provides free hosting for classroom Moodle sites
You can set up and manage your own Moodle server or the NEWESD 101 Technology Services would be willing to host your Moodle site on a fee-for-service basis.
OSPI's Digital Learning Department
As a result of Substitute Senate Bill 5410, OSPI's Digital Learning Department (DLD) was established in 2009. The department disseminates information about online learning and provides access to high-quality online school programs, online courses, resources, and training for K-12 students, educators, and parents. Below are links to various portions of the DLD's informational website.
--------------Differences and similarities of online courses and online school programs [view]
--------------Information for districts [view]
Funding for online courses
Instruction provided under contract
Online course fees
Inter-district 'choice' transfers
Model policy and procedures
Model provider agreement
Packages and resources for districts
Using non-approved courses [view]
--------------"Review of 200809 Online Courses and Programs"
The report reviews online courses and programs offered in Washington during 2008-09, as requested by the 2009 Washington State Legislature in SSB 5410.
A PowerPoint overview (165k, .pptx) is also available.
--------------Approved online course and program providers [view]
--------------Who needs to be reviewed and approved?
Use the DLD's online wizard to see if your district or online course providers you use need to be approved.
--------------DLD Course catalog [view] and demos [view]
--------------Course support and resources to help DLD Registrars and Teacher/Mentors support students taking online courses [view]
--------------District policy and procedures info - due to OSPI by
August 31, 2010 [view]
--------------DLD staff contact info [view]
--------------Glossary of terms [view]
K-12 Online Learning Reports & Research
iNACOL: Promising Practices in Online Learning
This series of six papers explores some of the approaches being taken by practitioners and policymakers in response to key issues in online learning.
Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-To-Face Education
Using Online Learning for Credit Recovery and At-Risk Students
Management and Operations of Online Programs: Ensure Quality and Accountability
Socialization in Online Programs
Funding and Policy Frameworks for Online Learning
A Parents Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program
iNACOL: Research Committee Issues Brief: An Exploration of At-Risk Learners and Online Education (PDF; April 2010)
The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education, by Governor Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education (PDF; February 2010)
Guidelines for Professional Development of Online Teachers, SREB (PDF; May 2009)
Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, U.S. Department of Education (PDF; June 2009)
Serving Students with Disabilities in State-level Virtual K-12 Public School Programs, Project Forum (PDF; September 2009)
iNACOL: Sorting Through Online Learning Options: A Guide for Parents (PDF; January 2009)
NACOL: Promising Practices in Online Learning: Using Online Learning for At-Risk Students and Credit Recovery, John Watson and Butch Gemin (PDF; July 2008)
Evaluating Online Learning: Challenges and Strategies for Success, U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement (July 2008)
NACOL: Online Teacher Support Programs: Mentoring and Coaching Models (PDF; October 2008)
Going Virtual! Unique Needs and Challenges of K-12 Online Teachers, Kerry Rice, Lisa Dawley, Crystal Gasell and Chris Florez (PDF; November 2008)
NACOL: National Primer on K-12 Online Learning, written by John Watson (PDF; May 2007) The NACOL National Primer report provides answers to the many basic questions about online learning and is a helpful guide for administrators, teachers and parents.
NACOL: National Standards of Quality for Online Courses (September 2007)
The NACOL National Standards of Quality for Online Courses adopted offer an important measuring tool to help policy leaders, schools, and parents across the nation evaluate course quality and implement best practices. The national standards selected are based on the results of a research review and survey of online course quality criteria. These quality standards were evaluated and assembled into an easy to use document for evaluating online courses with common benchmarks.
Learning in the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning
Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning (PDF; November 2007)