Online Learning at Illinois Computing Educators' Conference


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  • Numbers for Multi-district fulltime schools: Available in 31 states and Washington DC   Estimated 250,000 full-time online students   25% annual increase
  • State Virtual School programs 536,000 course enrollments in state virtual schools.   19% annual increase   FLVS and NorthCarolina account for much of the total increase in 2011.
  • Online Learning at Illinois Computing Educators' Conference

    1. 1. What We’re Learning About Online Learning Illinois Computing Educators’ Conference March 2, 2012   Today's presentation file Twitter: @jeff_hunt     Jeffrey L. Hunt, Ed.D.
    2. 2. Today’s Overview <ul><li>Definitions & Context </li></ul><ul><li>Promising Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Online Student Demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Results </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul>
    3. 3. WHY DO WE CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS? <ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-curricular for complete experience at school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address specific learning issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare student for the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AP Courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School to Work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>STEM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21st Century </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn online </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Participant Question <ul><li>What is your interest in online learning? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  I am curious; I am here to find out more. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are dicussing online learning in our district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are actively planning an online program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have an online program. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. FIVE TRENDS IN K12 EDUCATION Cloud Computing Personal Devices Open Source Increasing Bandwidth Digital Content <ul><ul><li>• OER </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Online Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Social Networking </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Definitions <ul><ul><li>iNACOL – International Association for K-12 Online Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OER – Open Educational Resources (Free or inexpensive course content.) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Definitions
    8. 8. Blended Learning <ul><ul><li>Traditional brick and mortar mixed with online learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers work with student individually during computer-based instruction times. </li></ul></ul>Carpe Diem H.S., Yuma, AZ
    9. 9. Online Learning <ul><ul><li>Students work at the time of their choice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May work at home or at school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have contact electronically with teacher and other students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May have pacing charts to evenly divide work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May have weekly deadlines. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Florida Virtual School </li></ul>
    10. 10. Numbers:  Online Enrollments <ul><ul><li>2012, 3-5 million (est.) online class enrollments in K-12. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 1/3 of all students in higher education took courses in fall 2010. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2011 - online and blended learning opportunities exist for at least some students in all 50 states plus DC. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. ESTIMATE OF ADOPTION <ul><ul><li>If rate of adoption follows the classic disruptive innovation model, by 2018, 50% of all high school courses will be online. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-- Clayton M. Christensen </li></ul>
    12. 14. DEVELOPMENT ISSUES <ul><ul><li>Common Core </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCAA approval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical know how </li></ul></ul>
    13. 15. COURSE DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY <ul><ul><li>Borrow (steal) it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buy it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build it yourself </li></ul></ul>
    14. 16. CONTENT <ul><li>OER </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NROC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CK12 </li></ul></ul>image source
    15. 17. CONTENT <ul><li>Phil Lacey’s OER Page </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 18. Quality Assurance <ul><li>Quality Course Design </li></ul>
    17. 19. Quality Assurance <ul><li>Effective program evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparison to traditional courses/subjects </li></ul></ul>
    18. 20. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Delivering an Engaging and Challenging Course. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    19. 21. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Using the same course outlines, major assessments and courses examinations as face-to-face courses. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    20. 22. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><li>Provide students multiple pathways to learn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul>
    21. 23. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Proctoring major assessments and final exams. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    22. 24. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Using live virtual sessions with software like Blackboard Collaborate or Abobe Connect . </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    23. 25. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Requiring students have interactivity with the teacher and other students. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    24. 26. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Requiring weekly, purposeful communication between the teacher and individual students. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    25. 27. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Adding oral exams at milestone points in the course to check for understanding. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    26. 28. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Challenging problems for accelerated (gifted) students. </li></ul></ul>Image Credit
    27. 29. PROMISING PRACTICES <ul><ul><li>Regular formative assessments, followed by periodic formal evaluations by outside reviewers. </li></ul></ul>
    28. 30. INTERACTION TRIANGLE Student Teacher Student Content <ul><ul><li>• Essential Understandings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Course Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Student insights </li></ul></ul>
    29. 31. WHO CAN BE SUCCESSFUL? <ul><ul><li>Achievement and Self-Esteem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  BeliefsResponsibility/Risk Taking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Technology Skills and Access   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization and Self-Regulation   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </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>
    30. 32. COURSE TARGET AUDIENCES Excellent Students, “A”, “B” Average Students, “C” Struggling Students Credit Recovery
    31. 33. Interaction Triangle Student Teacher Student Content <ul><li>Essential Understandings </li></ul><ul><li>Course Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Student insights </li></ul>
    32. 34. High School 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>
    33. 35. Who are the students?
    34. 36. What is their Achievement Level?
    35. 37. Who are the students?
    36. 38. 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>
    37. 39. Who are the students?
    38. 40. iNACOL Demographics Study
    39. 41. iNACOL demographics study
    40. 42. iNACOL Demographics Study
    41. 43. What are their grades?
    42. 54. Student Advice <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>
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