Blackboard World 2011 -- Online Learning


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Blackboard World 2011 -- Online Learning

  1. 1. What We Are Learning about Learning Online Jeffrey L. Hunt, Ed.D.
  2. 2. Today’s Overview <ul><li>Framework of Program </li></ul><ul><li>Promising Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Course Design </li></ul><ul><li>Online Student Demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Results </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Indian Prairie School District 204 <ul><li>Suburban Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment: 29,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White (61%), Black (9%), Hispanic (7%), Asian (19%), Multiracial (4%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Income (10%), LEP (4.5%), IEP (9%), Mobility (8%) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>90% of all students meet or exceed state testing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Definition of Terms
  5. 5. Why do we create opportunities for students? <ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Co-curricular for complete experience at school. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare student for the future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School to Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STEM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn online </li></ul></ul>@IPSD
  6. 6. Five Trends in K12 Education Cloud Computing Personal Devices Open Source Increasing Bandwidth Digital Content <ul><li>OER </li></ul><ul><li>Online Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul>
  7. 7. Trends in online learning <ul><li>2009, 1.5 million (est.) students enrolled online in K-12. </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 on-line growing at 30% per year. </li></ul><ul><li>70% of school districts offer at least one course online. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Trends in On-Line Learning <ul><li>In 2009, 5.6 million students enrolled on-line, 21% Increase over previous year, yet overall enrollment increased by 1.2% </li></ul>In Higher Education Nearly 30% of all students in higher education taking courses in fall 2009.
  9. 9. Remote Education Act Public Act 96-0684 <ul><li>Allows school districts to provide non-traditional programs outside school hours and school walls to claim General State Aid. </li></ul>Image credit
  10. 10. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Delivering an Engaging and Challenging Course. </li></ul>Image Credit
  11. 11. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Using the same course outlines, major assessments and courses examinations as face-to-face courses. </li></ul>Image Credit
  12. 12. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Proctoring major assessments and final exams. </li></ul>Image Credit
  13. 13. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Using live virtual sessions with software like Elluminate or Wimba Classroom . </li></ul>Image Credit
  14. 14. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Requiring students have interactivity with the teacher and other students. </li></ul>Image Credit
  15. 15. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Requiring weekly, purposeful communication between the teacher and individual students. </li></ul>Image Credit
  16. 16. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Adding oral exams at milestone points in the course to check for understanding. </li></ul>Image Credit
  17. 17. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Challenging problems for accelerated (gifted) students. </li></ul>Image Credit
  18. 18. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Regular formative assessments, followed by periodic formal evaluations by outside reviewers. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Redefining Teacher Practices <ul><li>Developing -Revising content. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with struggling students. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Focused Grading. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Interaction Triangle Student Teacher Student Content <ul><li>Essential Understandings </li></ul><ul><li>Course Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Student insights </li></ul>
  21. 21. Lesson Design Audio Video Text Learning Students should have option to select the mode of their learning.
  22. 22. Research: Who can be successful? <ul><li>Achievement and Self-Esteem Beliefs – Students require a high degree of self-motivation, and [they] must perceive that their success depends on their own contributions, rather than those of the course or teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility/Risk Taking – Students have to take the initiative [to] complete tasks, even when all the information may not be given and the correct way to proceed may not be clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Skills and Access – Students in on-line courses not only must be skilled at using on-line resources but also should have better-than-average access to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Organization and Self-Regulation – Even more than other academic activities, on-line environments seem to require students to have excellent organization and study skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Roblyer, M.D. and Marshall, J. (2002). Prediction success of virtual high school students: Preliminary results from an educational success prediction instrument. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Course Technology
  24. 24. Blackboard Student Users
  25. 25. Blackboard Historical 2001-2011
  26. 26. Blackboard 2010-2011
  27. 27. Course Design -- Navigation Health Astronomy Consumer Economics
  28. 28. Course Design -- Visual
  29. 29. Course Design -- Organization <ul><li>Unit Cover Page </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Video Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Preview Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul>
  30. 30. Course Design – More Organization <ul><li>Unit ToC </li></ul><ul><li>Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Study Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded Session </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>For Further Understanding </li></ul>Consumer Economics Astronomy
  31. 31. Course Design -- Lesson <ul><li>Colorful Text in Large Font </li></ul><ul><li>Attractive Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate Citations </li></ul><ul><li>Audio & Video </li></ul><ul><li>Content Consistent with Traditional Curriculum </li></ul>
  32. 32. Course Menu <ul><ul><li>Astronomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Economics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English IV: 20 th Century Literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English IV: AP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Math Course 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Pre-Algebra </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Who are the students?
  34. 34. Who are the students?
  35. 35. Student Comparison <ul><li>District </li></ul><ul><li>White – 61% </li></ul><ul><li>Black – 9% </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic – 7% </li></ul><ul><li>Asian – 19% </li></ul><ul><li>Multiracial – 4% </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>White – 77% </li></ul><ul><li>Black -- 4% </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic – 8% </li></ul><ul><li>Asian – 9% </li></ul><ul><li>Multiracial – 3% </li></ul>
  36. 36. Who are the students?
  37. 37. What are their grades?
  38. 43. Interaction Triangle Student Teacher Student Content <ul><li>Essential Understandings </li></ul><ul><li>Course Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Student insights </li></ul>
  39. 49. Advice for future students <ul><li>Only take this course if you are self-motivated enough to do it. It’s not bad at all if you manage your time wisely and set goals for yourself to finish it on time. I wrote down all of the due dates in my assignment notebook so I could see when they were coming up to remind myself or else I knew that I would probably forget. </li></ul>
  40. 50. Who is the 204 High School E-Learner? <ul><li>Female (White, 46%; Asian, 6%) </li></ul><ul><li>Pass course with “A,” “B” or “C” – 92% </li></ul><ul><li>Completes work at home during traditional homework hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoys flexibility and pacing. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeks quiet to study. </li></ul><ul><li>Understands the self-discipline requirements. </li></ul>Based on 8 semesters of participation data
  41. 51. Recommended Course Target Audiences Excellent Students, “A”, “B” Average Students, “C” Struggling Students Credit Recovery
  42. 52. Please provide feedback for this session by emailing The title of this session is: What we are Learning about Learning Online