iNACOL Webinar Explores Issues of Attendance in K-12 Online Learning *Today*

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The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will present the next edition of their Research in Review webinar series on Tuesday,  March 19th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET. The webinar will focus on policies and research addressing issues of attendance in K-12 online learning as experienced by Minnesota Virtual High School, one of the first schools to develop online attendance policies.

Susan Patrick , iNACOL’s President and CEO, said, “Truancy is an issue no matter where, or how, students learn. The challenge for online programs is unique, but no less important. Minnesota Virtual High School’s experience aligning policy to both state requirements and student needs highlights the obstacles some online programs must overcome in order to ensure quality support models for enrollment, engagement, and attendance.”

Monitoring and enforcing attendance and truancy in an online learning environment is a concern. Despite the challenge, however, public online schools have a requirement to ensure that students are logging on, completing lessons, and “attending” classes in their online classroom settings. This webinar will discuss how attendance and truancy applies to online students and explore the notion of attendance in digital learning through policy analysis. Both research and practical case studies will be provided in the webinar, and the presenters will explore the impact and significance of enforcing attendance policies.

Presenters:
Mrs. Stacy Bender , Dean of Students, Minnesota Virtual High School
Dr. Leanna Archambault , Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

This webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. Please visit http://bit.ly/inacol031913 to receive further details and an attendance link.

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