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Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015

July 2015

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, John Watson, Jonathan Oglesby, Laura Hibbard, Leslie Fetzer, Michael Horn, Patrick Staley, Su Verma

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Amanda Brown, John Myers, John Watson, Justin Silverstein

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

Course Access: Equitable Opportunities for College and Career Ready Students

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Leverage Career and Technical Education

CompetencyWorks, Report

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014

Susan Patrick, Sara Frank Bristow

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

October 2013

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Kathryn Kennedy

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

OER and Collaborative Content Development

June 2013

Susan Patrick, DeLaina Tonks, TJ Bliss

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing

June 2013

Susan Patrick, TJ Bliss

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Liz Glowa

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Necessary for Success: A State Policymaker’s Guide to Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Measuring Quality from Inputs to Outcomes: Creating Student Learning Performance Metrics and Quality Assurance for Online Schools

October 2012

Susan Patrick, David Edwards, John Watson, Matthew Wicks

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

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NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning

August 2011

Susan Patrick,

Issues: State Policy, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Fund Innovation

Report

It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Linda Pittenger

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation

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Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

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Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways

December 2010

Susan Patrick, Bob Rath, Chris Sturgis, Ephraim Weisstein

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

November 2010

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

A Summary of Research on the Effectiveness of K-12 Online Learning

August 2009

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

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Over the last two decades, the Aurora Institute has driven the transformation toward student-centered, next-generation learning for K-12 education. During that time, the Aurora Institute published more than 200 reports and webinars in support of these efforts.