To address concerns about quality and improve online learning, the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance and Quality Matters recently released revised standards for virtual education—one set each for online teaching, online programs, and online courses. The revised standards are the first update since 2011. Representatives from the two organizations spent two years combing through the existing standards from the Aurora Institute (formerly known as the International Association for K–12 Online Learning, or iNACOL) and soliciting feedback from the field to shape the new standards. Educators can freely view or download the 2019 versions of the standards sets for virtual education.
Civilisations AR, an iOS app from the BBC, gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe—for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales.
Calculus in Virtual Reality (CalcVR), an app for iOS, uses a Google Cardboard headset to enable the user to visualize concepts in multivariable calculus within a virtual reality setting. Users can specify their own objects for visualization, as well as go through lessons on the geometry and calculus of multivariable functions and the corresponding surfaces.