The Demand Gap for Online Learning: Latest Trends from the Speak Up Research

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The Demand Gap for Online Learning: Latest Trends from the Speak Up Research

  1. 1. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Welcome to The Demand Gap for Online Learning: Latest Trends from the Speak Up Research Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org
  2. 2. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Download presentation materials, share ideas, and discuss concepts shared in this session by joining our Edmodo Group with the following code: FETC35 Join the FETC Community at http://www.edmodo.com/fetc
  3. 3. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions • What is the vision of today’s students for online learning? How do they define the “value proposition?” • How does this student vision compare with the educators’ realities? What is the vision for online professional development? • What challenges or obstacles do educators face in implementing online learning? What benefits are already being realized? What is holding back greater adoption?
  4. 4. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Annual national research project  Online surveys + focus groups  Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education  Institutions receive free report with their own data • Collect ideas ↔ Stimulate conversations  K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators • Inform policies & programs  Analysis and reporting  Services to help transform teaching and learning Speak Up National Research Project
  5. 5. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Speak Up is facilitated annually by Project Tomorrow (formerly known as NetDay) Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) is the leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education.
  6. 6. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Empowering authentic voices – since 2003:  1.9 million K-12 students  180,000 teachers and librarians  124,000 parents  15,500 school and district leaders  30,000 K-12 schools – from all 50 states, DC, American military base schools, Canada, Mexico, Australia, int’l schools . . . Speak Up National Research Project 2.2 million respondents
  7. 7. © Project Tomorrow 2011  Learning & Teaching with Technology  21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship  Science and Math Instruction / STEM Career Interests  Professional Development / Teacher Preparation  Internet Safety  Administrators’ Challenges  Emerging Technologies in the Classroom  Online Learning, Mobile Devices, Digital Content  Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications  Designing the 21st Century School Speak Up survey question themes
  8. 8. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Saluting our Speak Up Sponsors:
  9. 9. © Project Tomorrow 2011 And the 75+ other national education and business associations & nonprofit groups that promote Speak Up to their stakeholders, members & affiliates. Thank you to our K-12 National Champion Outreach Partners:
  10. 10. © Project Tomorrow 2011  K-12 Students 294,399  Teachers 35,525  Librarians 2,135  Parents (in English & Spanish) 42,267  School/District Administrators 3,578  Technology Leaders 1,391  Schools / Districts 6,541 / 1,340 Participating States for Student Surveys: 48 states Top 12 (# of participants): TX, CA, AL, AZ, FL, NC, IL, MD, IN, NV, PA, WI National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355
  11. 11. © Project Tomorrow 2011 About our K-12 Schools: – 34% urban, 29% suburban, 37% rural – 51% Title 1 eligible – indicating community poverty – 34% majority-minority student population National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355
  12. 12. © Project Tomorrow 2011 National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 Release of national findings: Student & Parent Data: April 1 Educator Data: early May Stay tuned to all Speak Up announcements: www.tomorrow.org SpeakUpEd – Twitter and Facebook
  13. 13. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Key Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2010  Students function as a “Digital Advance Team”  Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologies for learning  Students’ frustrations with the unsophisticated use of technologies within education  Lack of relevancy in education exacerbated  Persistent digital disconnect between students and adults  Emergence of the new Free Agent Learner!
  14. 14. © Project Tomorrow 2011 What can the Speak Up findings tell us about the future of learning?
  15. 15. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Increasingly, students’ aspirations around the use of emerging technologies within education is a reflection of their desired vision for learning in general. What can the Speak Up data tell us about the future of learning?
  16. 16. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Result: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity
  17. 17. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Social–based learning Students want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration tools to create personal networks of experts
  18. 18. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Un-tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls
  19. 19. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Digitally-rich learning Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as key to education productivity
  20. 20. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning Online learning addresses all 3 essential elements!
  21. 21. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Activities, Attitudes & Aspirations Disconnects & Differences Trends & Leverage Points Speak Up 2009 Data Results + Preliminary Speak Up 2010 Data Results Focus on Online Learning
  22. 22. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Learning in the 21st Century: 2010 Trends Update A special collaboration with Blackboard, Inc. Download report at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/learning21Report_2010_Update.html
  23. 23. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is learning online? Growth in student experiences with academic online learning 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 2008 2009 2010 Students Gr 9-12 Students Gr 6-8 Includes: • Online class taught by a teacher • Self-study online class • Blended class environment
  24. 24. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Productivity Class schedule – better fit (54%) Earn college credit (53%) Get extra help (38%) Review materials as needed (38%) Learning In control of my learning (52%) Work at own pace (49%) Improve my tech skills (36%) The student value proposition on online learning
  25. 25. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is learning online? Do you know someone who has taken an online class? Yes: 65% of high school students Yes: 53% of middle school students
  26. 26. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is learning online? Do you know someone who has taken an online class? Yes: 65% of high school students Yes: 53% of middle school students 1/3 of parents have taken an online class for work or personal reasons
  27. 27. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students face obstacles with online learning If you have not taken an online class, why not? “I don’t know about the classes offered at my school” (34%) “My school does not offer online classes” (29%) “I don’t know how to sign up for online classes” (24%) “I don’t know how to find information about online classes” (23%)
  28. 28. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is your primary audience for online classes in your district? 1. Teachers (53%) 2. Students (40%) 3. Administrators (36%) Administrators Speak Up about online learning
  29. 29. © Project Tomorrow 2011 How is online learning implemented? Administrators: Types of Online Learning Provided to Students 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 100% class - our teachers 100% class - other teachers Blended class Self directed class 2010 2009
  30. 30. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Priorities for online learning What are the top 5 priorities you are addressing with online classes for students? 1. Keep students engaged in school 2. Offer academic remediation 3. Increase graduation rates 4. Offer scheduling alternatives 5. Provide programs for at risk students/credit recovery students
  31. 31. © Project Tomorrow 2011 What is holding back greater adoption? Administrators identify barriers to providing online classes, besides funding & digital equity. 20% 13% 16% 16% 19% 19% 20% 24% 26% 30% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Teacher compensation Teachers are reluctant to teach online classes Lack expertise to create online classes Teachers not comfortable with tools Teachers not comfortable teaching online Principals District Administrators
  32. 32. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Closing the demand gap Teachers value online learning for their own professional development.  27% have participated in a 100% online pd class or workshop  21% have participated in a blended online class  34% would like their district to offer more online pd  26% say that online is their preferred method for professional development
  33. 33. © Project Tomorrow 2011 How would you like your district to use technology to create a PLC? 1. Provide tools so I can collaborate with other teachers at my school (41%) 2. Provide online courses (40%) 3. Partner with higher ed to provide graduate level courses (40%) 4. Provide centralized repository of teaching resources (39%) 5. Provide easy access to student data (26%)
  34. 34. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Closing the demand gap Pre-service teachers also value online learning.  52% have taken an online class as part of their teacher preparation program  38% have had experience with an online professional learning community  44% believe that a learning management system is a good tool for increasing student achievement  21% support online classes as part of the ultimate school
  35. 35. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Closing the demand gap: challenges  Only 10% of teachers are leveraging online classes to enhance student achievement  Only 28% of teachers are interested in teaching an online class  Only 4% of aspiring teachers are learning how to teach in an online environment
  36. 36. © Project Tomorrow 2011 What would motivate you to teach an online class? Top responses:  Flexibility with work conditions  Increased compensation  Provide me with necessary technology  Ability to work with motivated students  Provide curriculum
  37. 37. © Project Tomorrow 2011 What would motivate you to teach an online class? Not as highly ranked (under 17%):  Teaching at risk or gifted students  Increased prestige or recognition  Ability to create my own course  Having first hand experience by taking an online course
  38. 38. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning How well are we addressing this vision?
  39. 39. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning?
  40. 40. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning? Are we all on the same page?
  41. 41. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Elementsof Social Based Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Collaboration tools Communications tools Admin Parents Students
  42. 42. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Ultimate School: Elements of Un-tethered Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Internet access Laptops Mobile devices Online classes Admin Parents Students Ultimate School: Are we on the same page?
  43. 43. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Ultimate School: Digitally Rich Learning Environments 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Digital media tools Games Online textbooks E-portfolios Admin Parents Students Ultimate School: Are we on the same page?
  44. 44. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Continuing “digital disconnects” • Spectrum of digital native-ness • Multiple “computers” in the backpack • Adaptation trumps adoption • Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any pace learning • Developing personal expert networks Key trends we are watching:
  45. 45. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Self directed learning for student & teacher • Everyone is a content developer • Make it relevant to me! • Blurring of informal & formal learning lines • Beyond engagement: it’s really about productivity! • “Long tail” of training & education Key trends we are watching:
  46. 46. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Recommendations from the K-12 “Digital Advance Team” Learning that is • Enabled • Engaging • Empowered
  47. 47. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Want more Speak Up at FETC? Taking It Mobile: Success Stories from the New Frontier of Un-tethered Learning Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 Room S320AB The Student Point of View on Online Learning: Are we listening? Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 4:35 pm Aventa Learning / K12 Exhibit Booth #1215 A New Vision for 21st Century Learning: Students Speak Up about Emerging Technologies Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 Room 320EF Next Generation of Learners Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 Room S210C
  48. 48. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • National Speak Up Findings • Presentations, podcasts and webinars • Evaluation services • Reports and white papers Want more Speak Up after FETC? www.tomorrow.org
  49. 49. © Project Tomorrow 2011 The Future of Learning? What do K-12 education leaders say schools will look like in 2019?
  50. 50. © Project Tomorrow 2011 A vision for education in 2019 “School will become a 24 hour around the clock opportunity with students logging into school from “home.” The role of the teacher will be to lead and assist students in “discovering” the uses for the technology and information. Every student from Pre-K through twelfth grade will have access to learning through the most advanced IT devices available. Learning will occur online at least 80% of the time. School buildings will be open on evenings and Saturdays for remediation, recreation and community activities for the purpose of socialization.” Principal from Michigan
  51. 51. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Copyright Project Tomorrow 2010. This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.
  52. 52. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Evaluations Step 1: Go to http://edmodo.com/fetcevals Step 2: Select session number (FETC35), session title, and evaluate.

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