By the end of Module One, learners will be able to demonstrate knowledge about current trends and standards in K12 online teaching and learning.

Overview of Tasks

  1. Complete INACOL Pre-Assessment
  2. Watch all instructional videos
  3. Read listed Articles
  4. Participate in 3 Discussion Boards
  5. Complete Module 1 Quiz

1.1 | Complete iNACOL Pre-Assessment & Discussion Board

First Complete the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching Self Pre-assessment.

This pre-assessment takes approximately 30-45 minutes and is designed to align with iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Teaching. In the last module, you will take the same assessment as a Post-Assessment to measure your growth towards our course objectives.

To access this assessment, click on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.

After completing the assessment, make a note of your score. Check the iNACOL Blended & Online Teaching Assessment Results page to discover what your results say about what you know and need to know concerning teaching in a blended and online environment. This score does not contribute to your final grade, but you are required to complete the assessment.

Then Join Module One Discussion #1:


How did you score on your pre-assessment?

What does this score say about your knowledge and skills of blended and online learning?

What about your background or experience affected this score?

In what ways would you like this course to help you improve this score?


1.2 | Watch Instructional Videos

Watch all (4) lecture videos associated with Module One.

The study guide for Module 1 aligns to these videos.

Video 1: What is Blended and Online Learning?

If the movie will not play, you can find it at http://youtu.be/c63sREqwbmc.

Self-check: Module 1 Video 1 Quiz

Video 2: Reading Synthesis

If the movie will not play, you can find it at http://youtu.be/k1JKMgsuwiI.

Self-check: Module 1 Video 2 Quiz (4 questions)

Video 3: iNACOL Standards

If the movie will not play, you can find it at http://youtu.be/LhJJm1ak3Mw.

Self-check: Module 1 Video 3 Quiz (5 questions)

Video 4: Roles of an Online Teacher

If the movie will not play, you can find it at http://youtu.be/T97dSJB2kRQ.

Self-check: Module 1 Video 4 Quiz (4 questions)

1.3 | Module 1 Study Guide

Download, Use, and Save the Module One Study Guide

The Module One Study Guide will help you keep track of what you’ve learned in this module. You will also need it to study for your midpoint quiz in Module 4.

  1. ___________ takes place face-to-face and online. It is any combination of the two on a very wide-ranging spectrum.
  2. Engaging the student in active participation to encourage deeper understanding and long-term retention through projects, problem-solving, or collaborative tasks is considered __________.
  3. In the USA, how many states have some sort of online learning opportunity available to students?
  4. LMS is an acronym for?
  5. What are features commonly included in LMSs?
  6. Do online courses can contain rubrics and/or checklists for performance-based assessments?
  7.  __________ is the international leader in K-12 online education.
  8. What are the 5 main areas included in iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses?
  9. Should a high quality course offer multiple learning paths that address student needs?
  10. According to Section C of iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses, is it necessary for assessments to result in students receiving meaningful feedback that can help them on their learning journey?
  11. Which set of iNACOL’s standards are most helpful to the teacher who is designing instruction for the blended and online environment?
  12. As an instructional designer, what are a teacher’s duties?
  13. As an instructor, what are a teacher’s duties?
  14. As learning coach, will a teacher be called upon to tie shoelaces, calm peer squabbles, troubleshoot classroom technology, assist with study and organizational strategies, and coordinate student schedules?
  15. In the blended and online environments, are the three roles of instructional designer, instructor, and learning coach ALWAYS filled by one person?

1.4 | Required Readings

Read the following articles:

1.5 | Extension & Differentiation


Learn about the student experiences by watching the following video and reading the two links provided.

1.6 | Discussion Forums #2 & #3

Join Module One Discussion #2:


How do iNACOL standards benefit teachers, students, and parents?

Do specific standards serve students more? Why or why not?


Then Join Module One Discussion #3:


How do you imagine K12 online learning trends to affect your practice and career over the next decade?


1.7 | Module 1 Quiz

Complete the Module One Quiz.

Click on the ‘Get Started’ button to the right. You will be given 2 attempts. The highest score of the two will be recorded.

Your Score:  

Your Ranking: