Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA)

caolaOverview
An analysis of online learning needs in the Capital Area region conducted through the CAIU concluded that there is a substantial and rapidly increasing demand for student instruction that incorporates technology using online courses. School Districts in the Capital Area region came together as the Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA) to enter into contracts for services, develop courses, and administer a viable, cost-effective and quality online learning solution for students.

Mission
The member districts and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit will increase and extend learner options for achieving common goals by collaborating to develop and implement a regional, comprehensive, student-centered learning solution which effectively utilizes the latest technologies and research-based instructional strategies.

Key Objectives
  1. Address unmet needs of students by increasing available options for learning content
  2. Increase available options to meet various learning modalities
  3. Create relevance by connecting required learning to real-world applications
  4. Increase available options for credit recovery, interventions, and alternative education
Why Choose CAOLA?
  • Students in remote or rural locations with limited course selection
  • Students with family obligations, or who have become parents
  • Students involved in competitive sports, art, music, or other activities that require a flexible schedule
  • Students who want to be prepared for a 21st century job market by developing technology skills
  • Students and families who want more flexibility, choice and ownership in their education
  • Students who are bored, unengaged, or behind because traditional teaching methods are not the best fit for them
  • Gifted students who want a faster pace or more challenging material
  • Special needs students who need a modified program, or a personalized pace
  • Student with physical or behavioral differences, social or health issues

Our Partner
EdisonLearning, the nation's largest partner to communities and schools, powers the CAOLA programs with top of the line online learning curriculum, software systems and program design. EdisonLearning eCourses (the rigorous, cutting edge curriculum) and EdisonLearning eAcademy (comprehensive services for full-time cyber programs, including curriculum, technology platform, best practices, and support services) give the CAOLA program an edge over other online learning programs.

By working with EdisonLearning, all students and staff in CAOLA programs benefit from the backing of one of the largest and most influential education companies in the country, with nearly 20 years of experience and serving more than 350,000 children annually. EdisonLearning methods are not only research-based, but are also proven by years of results in the classroom. EdisonLearning is known as a leader of innovation in education, and will ensure that CAOLA students and schools will continually benefit from the latest techniques, curriculum, and technology. 

Last Modified on March 25, 2010
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