What should you expect from a great online course? How do you know if it’s any good, if your students will be highly engaged, or if teaching and learning goes beyond knowledge and comprehension? We’ll review iNACOL’s quality course standards, share how to select engaging courses and speak to course features you should be expecting. What questions you should ask? What course components should be required, even exemplary? How do you spot a great online course or elearning program? Three projects that helped rewrite iNACOL’s standards for quality online courses Info: if our review shows it’s not there, then the course can still work in a blended environment if you augment. Perhaps, the course takes care of basic K&C, but the “guide on the side” takes care of upper blooms.
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Three levels for each standard.Demonstrate, Practice, and AssessList MET, Partially MET, and NOT MET.If partially met, we list the components missing from each standard.
Provide examples/stories about each model.As you think about these ask, Did you choose the content or did it choose you?
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Big Picture: (Administration, Management, Assessment, Course and Program Evaluation, Research, Policy, & Advocacy)Content: (Curriculum and Online Course Development, Best Practices, Accessibility, & Instructional Design) Capacity Building: (Professional Development)Gear: (Tools, Technologies, Learning Management Systems, & Application Development)Pedagogy: Engaging Students, Teaching & Learning Pedagogies, Blended Learning Models, Learning Communities, & Assessment)
1. California eLearning Census Brian BridgesDirector, California Learning Resource Network
3. Electronic LearningResources Software, Internet, video, & online courses Six subject areas Common Core State Standards or original CA content standards
4. FreeWeb InformationLinks• Reviews of 5,600 free and commercial-free web sites• Primary, secondary, & reference materials• Free software and web tools• iPad & Android Apps
5. CLRN HOme
6. CLRN Home Page
7. Math Browse
8. List View
9. Individual Course Review
10. Content standards orCommon Core State StandardsQuantity, Depth and Degree
11. Standards for OnlineCourses Southern Regional Education Board iNACOL Texas Virtual School Network California Learning Resource Network
12. iNACOL/TxVSN/CLRNOnline Course StandardsContentInstructional DesignStudent AssessmentTechnologyCourse Evaluation and Support
13. ContentContent depth and breadthInformation literacy skillsLearning resources and materialsCommunication process between teachers, parents, and studentsContent accuracy and bias
14. Instructional DesignCourse design and organizationMeaningful and authentic learning experiencesMultiple learning paths for students to master the contentHigher-order thinking skillsInstructor-student and student-student interactions; and supplemental tools and
15. Student AssessmentAlignment between the course goals and activities and its assessment strategiesInsure that there are adequate and appropriate methods to assess studentsAssure that students are constantly aware of their progress.
17. Course Evaluation andSupportEvaluating course effectivenessAccreditationTeacher and Student preparation and support
18. California eLearningCensus Analyze and blog about current eLearning research http://brianbridges.org Assembled db of CA virtual schools Blogged about their problematic academic achievement Concerned with lack of data about who is blending Keeping Pace, 2011 Lack of quality data about online learning in California
19. Census MotivationCollect accurate virtual and blended learning populationsUnderstand the blended models in useDiscover the publishers in play
20. Census Question SetCollaborated with Evergreen Education GroupPestered Horn/Staker for updated definitions
21. The Rise of K-12Blended Learning May 2011Michael Horn & Heather Staker
22. Blended LearningOnly 10% of students will join virtual schools.Blended learning (blended/hybrid) will dominateFour probable models
23. Four Blended ModelsRotationFlexSelf-BlendRemote: Hybrid Virtual School
24. RotationStudents rotate on a fixed schedule between learning online in a one-to- one, self-paced environment and sitting in a classroom with a traditional face-to- face teacher.
45. Blended BreakdownTop 20 districts: 64K students blendingBottom 20 districts: 86 students80 districts < 100 students blending68 districts/charters utilized online learning during summer
46. The 90/10 PredictionOnly 10% of students will learn full-time at a virtual schoolRemaining 90% will learning online AT schoolCA eLearning Census confirms their prediction
47. Individual Course Review
48. IndividualCourse: Online Standards Display
49. Standards Display 2
50. Individual Course Review
51. Feedback Questions:EducatorWould you recommend this course to others?To what extent does this online course meet your overall expectations?To what extent does this course engage and maintain student interest?To what extent did the online course generally enable students to meet course objectives?
52. Feedback Questions:EducatorTo what extent does the online course need to be supplemented with face-to-face instruction and student support?To what extent was ongoing and periodic student performance assessment accessible online for you?Please list the major strengths or specific
53. User Feedback: Complete Results
54. Feedback Questions: Student
55. What was the reason fortaking this course?Course was taken for credit recovery.Course was a prerequisite for advanced level courses.Course was required for graduation.Course was not offered at school of attendance.Course at school was unavailable due to scheduled conflict. Other (explain)
56. Feedback: StudentsCourse procedures were clearly posted.Necessary information and materials received on time.Instructions were clear for all materials & activities.Assignment and test grades were provided in a timely manner.Instructor feedback was timely and frequent.
57. Feedback: StudentsCourse was well organized.Activities supported course goals.Course provided opportunities for students to learn from each other.There were frequent tests and quizzes that reflected course content.Discussion groups were generally well organized.
58. User Feedback: Complete Results
59. CLRN OCR ExpansionSpring 2012 History-social science Science Visual & Performing Arts (music & visual arts)2012-13 World languages CCSS high school math standards New national science standards Planning for grade 6-8