Online learning in k 12 schools presentationPresentation Transcript
Online Learning Created by: Jonas Mehall
What is Online Learning?
Online learning is “education in which instruction and content are delivered primarily via the Internet” (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007, p.5).
Online learning amounts to distance education where students and teachers are not physically together.
Why Online Learning?
The goal of online education is to “expand access to education and provide curricular options” (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007, p. 5).
Imagine a learning experience that could extend beyond the classroom walls!
Why Online Learning (cont.)
Times are changing and technology is empowering our students.
“As educators, we should be using technology as a critical design factor, in combination with research on how people best learn, to establish new and different environments for student-centered learning” (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009, p.54).
Impact on Students
Gone are the days when students enjoy sitting in class listening to a lecture.
Students today want to have a say in their education, which means using technology as a means of learning.
Impact on Students (cont.)
Online learning and technology can lead to:
Participatory Learning – collaboration
Authentic Learning – real world issues
Multimodal Learning – text and visuals
Each of these are key skills needed to succeed in the 21 st century workplace.
Collaboration “contributes significantly to academic learning and is more powerful than competitive learning or learning individually” (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009, p. 56).
How to foster collaboration?
Online Learning Module
When working online, students can collaborate at anytime of the day, inside or outside of the school.
Learning must have meaning and value for students to truly retain information and be engaged in the process.
Using an online learning program allows students to learn using technology, while also giving them the chance to create their own work to share with an authentic audience.
Recent research has concluded that when students are taught with a combination of visuals and text, learning increases.
Students not only need to be able to process both text and visuals, but they must have the skills to produce and create works that contain a combination of both.
Impact on Students
Online learning modules allow instructors to easily create student groups for collaboration.
When learning online, students have an authentic experience through their learning and research of current events, as well as through their production of authentic products.
Online learning modules use a combination of text, audio, and visual features to help meet the learning styles of all students.
Online Learning = Cyber School?
Online learning modules are not the same as attending a cyber school.
Recently, online learning has become increasingly viewed as tool of education reform (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007).
Online learning can open doors that traditional classrooms simply can not.
Impacts on Westmont
With the adoption of an online learning module, many new doors and learning avenues are created, as well as instructional gaps filled.
Online learning may be more effective than traditional classroom learning.
Retention rates are higher.
Classes are created that could not exist in our school.
Impacts on Westmont (cont.)
Possibly the greatest impact is that online learning helps students to build “strong academic skills, motivation, discipline, and structure” (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007, p. 12).
Online Learning = skills needed for future success
More Engaging Atmosphere
When students are able to have a part in their education, learning takes on a whole new meaning.
Today’s students have grown up with technology, which means they naturally would like to use technological tools to learn.
When students are more engaged, more learning takes place.
Online Learning – Retention
Students have trouble retaining information when they are sitting in a desk listening to someone speak.
Online learning modules offer engaging and exciting means of learning, which in turn leads to greater retention rates.
We should be teaching our students how to be independent learners, which online learning trains a student to become.
In a traditional school setting, some classes can not be offered.
Sometimes there is not enough classroom space, available teachers, or equipment necessary to offer a specific course.
New Opportunities (cont.)
Online learning modules can open up the door for advanced placement courses.
Teachers who may not have time during the school day to offer a class, can offer the course via distant learning.
Students who participate in online learning are already preparing themselves for a technology rich future.
Building Skills for the Future
The 21 st century workplace calls for employers to be skilled and versed in technology based tools, as well as collaboration.
Students participating in online learning will receive fundamental skills needed for the future, while also enjoying their learning experience.
Online learning in K-12 forums is still in its early stages, however recent research shows positive academic results.
As times change, teachers and administrators must be willing to change as well.
But I don’t want to change!
Some teachers may feel that they have a firm grasp on how to reach students and provide a quality education without technology.
Though students can learn without technology, they are going to be gravely behind their peers who are being taught with and how to use technology.
Some teachers also fear change, which is understandable.
It is human nature to feel comfortable and not want to travel outside of our comfort zone.
Is our job as a teacher to feel comfortable, or to prepare our students for life?
“ It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” -W. Edwards Deming
I wouldn’t know how to conduct an online class!
“ Public school teachers with classroom technology access, training, and support were much more likely to report instructional use of technology” (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007, p. 10).
With anything in life, once you have been trained on how to use something, it becomes more appealing and easier to handle.
Wouldn’t online learning be expensive?
There are federal programs in place that can help support schools who adopt online learning.
Federal grants can also be acquired, though more support could be necessary.
Does online learning truly benefit students?
Online learning modules help to create multiple avenues for students to learn and succeed.
As Cavanaugh and Clark (2007) state, “the most frequently identified factor influencing the success of virtual schooling was student learning styles” (p. 12).
It is no secret students carry with them different learning styles, strengths, and abilities.
When we can provide our students with a variety of ways to learn and produce content, then we are giving them a better chance to succeed.
I just don’t think I can handle this big adjustment at one time.
Online learning does not have to take place overnight.
It can be a gradual change where teachers implement blogs, wikis, and other technology tools before diving into a full blown online module.
Online learning tools are not going to change classroom content, rather they are meant to improve teaching (Gillard & Bailey, 2007).
One last thought…
Our goal as teachers is to provide a quality education in which our students are preparing for what their future holds.
The implementation of online learning tools and modules can greatly help us in our endeavors.
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Gillard, S., & Bailey, D. (2007). Technology in the classroom: Overcoming obstacles, reaping rewards. The International Journal of Learning , 14 (1), 87–93.
Lemke, C., & Coughlin, E. (2009). The change agents . Educational Leadership , 67 (1), 54–59.