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    • 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.
    • Participatory Learning
      • 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?
        • Blogs
        • Wikis
        • Online Learning Module
      • When working online, students can collaborate at anytime of the day, inside or outside of the school.
    • Authentic Learning
      • 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.
    • Multimodal Learning
      • 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.
    • New Opportunities
      • 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.
    • Success Rate
      • 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.
    • References
      • Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp. 5-19) . Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.
      • 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.