January 7, 2011
Jeffrey L. Hunt, Ed.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Indian Prairie School District 204
Online Learning: Progress Report
The National Scope of Online Learning
Profile of the 204 high school e-learner
Web Facilitated (<30%)
Trends in online learning
2009, 1.5 million (est.) students enrolled online in K-12.
K-12 on-line growing at 30% per year.
70% of school districts offer at least one course online.
State Virtual Schools 09-10
District Virtual Schools 09-10
Trends in On-Line Learning
In Higher Education
In 2009, 5.6 million students enrolled on-line, 21% Increase over previous year, yet overall enrollment increased by 1.2%
Trends in On-line Learning
In Higher Education
Nearly 30% of all students in higher education taking courses in fall 2009.
Estimate of Adoption
If rate of adoption follows the classic disruptive innovation model, by 2018, 50% of all high school courses will be online.
--Clayton M. Christensen
Delivering an Engaging and Challenging Course.
Using the same course outlines, major assessments and courses examinations as face-to-face courses.
Proctoring major assessments and final exams.
Using live virtual sessions with software like Elluminate or Wimba Classroom.
Requiring students have interactivity with the teacher and other students.
Requiring weekly, purposeful communication between the teacher and individual students.
Adding oral exams at milestone points in the course to check for understanding.
Regular formative assessments, followed by periodic formal evaluations by outside reviewers.
Research: Who can be successful?
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.
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.
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.
Organization and Self-Regulation – Even more than other academic activities, on-line environments seem to require students to have excellent organization and study skills.
Roblyer, M.D. and Marshall, J. (2002). Prediction success of virtual high school students: Preliminary results from an educational success prediction instrument.
English IV: 20th Century Literature
English IV: AP
Middle School Math Course 3
Who is the 204 High School E-Learner?
Female (White, 47%; Asian, 6%)
Pass course with “A,” “B” or “C” – 93%
Completes work at home during traditional homework hours.
Enjoys flexibility and pacing.
Seeks quiet to study.
Understands the self-discipline requirements.
Based on 6 semesters of participation data
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