School Setting Octorara Area School District 800-900 students in high school Rural & Suburban Population
Why Online Programming Students are enrolling in PA Cyber Charter At added expense to school district Tax dollars would stay in the district District does not have to pay for PA Cyber Charter District can get reimbursed for running a Charter School
Why Online Programming Offers alternatives for the following students At risk of not graduating- Can take cyber school for credit recovery Homebound/ Attendance Issues- Students that miss a lot of school time can participate in online programming to receive credit recovery. Alternative to Alternative Education- Our district often send chronic discipline problem students to alternative education schools at an added expense to the district. Online programs may keep these students in the district and keep them on track to graduate.
First Steps Technology Survey : of Staff and District Students Form Committee: teachers, administrators, IT staff, parents, students, board members, local business. (Develop guidelines and procedures)
Committee: Begin to develop Procedures, Guidelines, Evaluation tools for online courses Recruit and Train Staff Identify Professional Development needs
Course Evaluation Criteria All Online Courses will be evaluated using District Online Course Evaluation Form Developed by the Online Education Committee Based upon INACOL – National Standards for Online Courses
Technology/ Program Review District need to evaluate technology available District Technology use survey Student Screening Assess students to determine if online education is right for them
Course Offerings & Expectation Expectations are written and clearly defined Course Syllabus is easy to find and access Course assignments and content are clearly listed Course resources are provided Rubrics are provided for all assignments Instructor contact provided
Course Content • Learning Objectives Clearly Listed • All course resources are linked to learning objectives • Course Learning Objectives and Design meet the needs of diverse learning styles
Measuring Student Learning Formal and Informal Assessments used to measure student learning Monitoring and Intervention For students that are struggling Built in Safe Guards
Assessment Practices Assessments must be aligned with learning objectives Assessment types designed for diverse learning styles Assessment promotes collaboration, Communication, 21st Century Skills Rubrics provided for assessments
Student Collaboration Online courses should promote: Collaboration between students & instructor Communication between students & instructor Promotion of positive environment for communication Face to Face Octorara Online Program Blended Face to Face Option
Blended Format Option Face to Face Octorara Online Program allows students to meet face to face for. Special Projects, Guest Speakers, Field Trips, Team Building Activities, Career Exploration
Teacher Evaluation Assessment Evaluation will follow rubric expectations Teachers will provide feedback in a timely manner Teachers will encourage collaboration and communication among students.
Summary Need for Online Courses Cut Cost to District District is adapting to meet changing needs of students Committee and Surveys Develop Policies: Course Offerings Meet Student Needs Evaluate Courses and Teachers
Works Cited Pusateri, Thomas (Assistance from: Halonen,Jane, Hill, Bill & McCarthy, Maureen). "American Psychological Association Education Directorate." November 2009. American Psychological Association. URL:http://www.apa.org/ed/governance/bea/assessm ent-cyberguide-v2.pdf. 16 3 2013. Pape, Liz & Wicks, Matthew. "National Standards for Quality Online Programs ." 10 2009. INACOL . URL: http://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/N ACOL%20Standards%20Quality%20Online%20Progra ms.pdf. 16 3 2013.
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