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Presentation to the "Tri-conference" November 19, 2011 by Cindy Hamblin, Jeffrey Hunt, and Phil Lacey

Presentation to the "Tri-conference" November 19, 2011 by Cindy Hamblin, Jeffrey Hunt, and Phil Lacey

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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.
  • Welcome and thanks for joining me today. Cindy Hamblin Have heard of IVS or IVHS? Background and 2 nd birthday this April of our new program IVS 5-12 side of operation – provides online courses to enhance or supplement course offerings at the local private or public school IVS-PD – NEW ISBE want a system for delivery online pd to IL educator for certificate renewal Regional partners
  • A little more about the IVS-5-12 program IVS partners with local public and private schools throughout Illinois. As part of the partnership agreement, IVS provides the online course (ILS aligned) with a IL certified teacher facilitating the course. The online course is delivered through the IVS LMS, which is Desire2Learn. The online course is asynchronous for the most part however, the instructor does have access to Elluminate (webconference) if synchronous communication is needed. many of our AP course typically meet once a week with instructor some of the world lang courses (German) IVS LMS is integrated with a custom SIS that * manages the users and their course requests provides local school representative, parent and student with ongoing progress or grade to date AND attendance IN RETURN, the local f2f school grants student credit for the course. We ask for 3 types of contacts at the local school 1. Registar 2. Mentor 3. Technical contact
  • Passed 2011 Contains 10 elements of Digital Learning Council Funding follows student Funding based on successful completion Parents and students choose provider and class. Mastery trumps seat time 2011-12 -- students can take 2 classes


  • 1. What School Boards Should Know About Online Learning
    • Joint Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/IASBO November 19, 2011
    • Today's presentation file
      • http://goo.gl/NHjXv  
    • Today's handout file
      • http://goo.gl/p977g
  • 2. Joint Annual Conference of  IASB/IASA/IASBO Presenters:   Cindy Hamblin Illinois Virtual School Jeffrey Hunt DuPage Regional Office of Education Philip Lacey Niles Township High School District 219 Kathy Tracey-Olesen Center for the Application of Information Technologies
      • Legal
      • Co-curricular for complete experience at school.
      • Address specific learning issues
      • Prepare student for the future
        • AP Courses
        • School to Work
        • STEM
        • Career
        • 21st Century
        • Learn online
  • 4. Creating Urgency
    • After today's session we hope that the larger issues with digital learning will create a higher level of urgency for this matter in your school district.
  • 5. Participant Question
    • What is your interest in online learning?
      •   I am curious; I am here to find out more.
      • We are dicussing online learning in our district.
      • We are actively planning an online program.
      • We have an online program.
  • 6. Essential Question
    • How are you preparing your graduates to learn in the post secondary digital environment?
  • 7. Essential Question
    • How can you address students' needs and interests in low enrollment courses/subjects?
  • 8. Essential Question
    • How do you get your Board policies ready for digital learning?
  • 9. Essential Question
    • How do you prepare your teachers to teach with digital learning resources?
  • 10. Essential Question
    • How do you ensure that your students receive quality digital courses?
  • 11. FIVE TRENDS IN K12 EDUCATION Cloud Computing Personal Devices Open Source Increasing Bandwidth Digital Content
      • • OER
      • • Online Courses
      • • Web 2.0
      • • Social Networking
  • 12. Definitions
      • iNACOL – International Association for K-12 Online Learning
      • OER – Open Educational Resources (Free or inexpensive course content.)
  • 13. Definitions http://www.sloanconsortium.org/
  • 14. Blended Learning
      • Mixture of face-to-face and computer-based instruction.
      • (Also known as hybrid courses.)
      • Sometimes computer-based at school, sometimes out of school.
      • Teachers work with student individually during computer-based instruction times.
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  • 15. Online Learning
      • Students work at the time of their choice.
      • May work at home or at school
      • Have contact electronically with teacher and other students.
      • May have pacing charts to evenly divide work.
      • May have weekly deadlines.
    • Florida Virtual School
  • 16. ONLINE LANDSCAPE K12 Leaders Content Providers “ Education Reformers” ("Free Marketeers")
  • 17.  
  • 18. Trends  National and Illinois Perspective  
  • 19. Numbers:  Online Enrollments
      • 2009, 2 million (est.) online class enrollments in K-12.
      • Nearly 1/3 of all students in higher education took courses in fall 2010.
      • 2011 - online and blended learning opportunities exist for at least some students in all 50 states plus DC.
      • If rate of adoption follows the classic disruptive innovation model, by 2018, 50% of all high school courses will be online.
    • -- Clayton M. Christensen
  • 21.  
  • 22.  
  • 23.  
  • 24.  
  • 25. ILLINOIS
  • 26.
      • IVS 5-12
        • Enhancing Educational Opportunities for Students through Online Courses. IVS Courses are Offered in Partnership with the Local School.
      • IVS-PD
        • Delivering Online Professional Development Opportunities to Illinois Educators.
    ISBE's Virtual School Program for Illinois
  • 27.
    • IVS Partners with Public & Private Schools
      • Online, instructor-facilitated courses
        • 100+ courses including AP, electives and Middle School
        • Experienced, IL Certified, Highly Qualified Instructors
      • Flexible Enrollment Dates
      • Courses are approved by NCAA and College Board
      • IVS provides Completion Certificate
    IVS (5-12) Program
  • 28.  
  • 29. Policy
      • Public Act 96-0684 (HB 2448, 8/25/09) and modified PA 97-0339 (HB 3223, 8/12/11): Authorizes school districts to create and offer “remote educational programs” tailored to individual student needs and claim GSA for those programs. 105 ILCS 10-29.
      • Prior law : GSA could only be claimed for virtual programs offered in a classroom or other traditional school setting.
      • Broad district discretion, provided the program and plan meet legislative criteria.
  • 31. Two Key Elements for Establishing REP
      • Adopted School Board Policy:
        • Criteria for participation
        • Limits on numbers of students or grade levels
        • Approval process for participation
        • Process to develop student plans
        • System for calculating clock hours of attendance
        • Process for renewal
    • 2.  Student Remote Educational Plan:
        • Specific achievement goals
        • Assessments
        • Progress reports
        • Teacher/student interaction
        • Designation of supervising adult
        • Other family responsibilities
        • Consistency with IEP
        • Participating in district programs
        • Responsible district administrator
        • Term
        • Specific location or locations for delivery
  • 32. REP: Other Requirements
      • Students remain enrolled in a school district attendance center, and are tested and included for all State/federal accountability determinations.
      • Certified/Highly Qualified Teachers responsible for critical instructional activities.
      • GSA claimable for any days up to limit of student’s GSA.
      • ISBE rules require documentation of active participation to claim GSA.
      • District policy and data must be submitted to ISBE.
  • 33. DIGITAL LEARNING COUNCIL 1. Student Eligibility: All students are digital learners. 2. Student Access: All students have access to high quality       digital content and online courses. 3. Personalized Learning: All students can customize their      education using digital content through an approved provider. 4. Advancement: Students progress based on demonstrated competency. 5. Content: Digital content, instructional materials, and online and blended learning        courses are high quality. 6. Instruction: Digital instruction and teachers are high quality. 7. Providers: All students have access to multiple high quality providers. 8. Assessment and Accountability: Student learning is the metric for      evaluating the quality of content and instruction. 9. Funding: Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation. 10. Delivery: Infrastructure supports digital learning.   Each element includes recommended actions for lawmakers and policymakers! http://digitallearningnow.com/
    • The recommended legislative actions were used in building
    • the data collection instrument for the
    • Report Card on Digital Learning.  
    • October 2011:  The Report Card on Digital Learning was released detailing
    • state-by-state progress on the recommended legislative actions. 
      • Utah - SB 65 established the Statewide Online Education Program making digital learning available to all grade 9-12 Utah students. 
      • Idaho - Education officicals passed on November 3, 2011,  a plan that requires all high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate.
      • Alabama - students entering the ninth grade are required to complete one online/technology enhanced course or experience prior to graduation.
  • 35. Recent Policy Example
      • Passed 2011
      • Contains 10 elements of Digital Learning Council
      • Funding follows student
      • Funding based on successful completion
      • Parents and students choose provider and class.
      • Mastery trumps seat time
      • 2011-12 -- students can take 2 classes.
  • 36.  
  • 37. Curriculum
      • Common Core
      • NCAA approval
      • Technical know how
      • Borrow (steal) it
      • Buy it
      • Build it yourself
  • 40. CONTENT
    • OER
      • NROC
      • CK12
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  • 41. CONTENT
    • NROC
      • http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/
      • http://beta.hippocampus.org/
    • CK12
      • http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/
    • Georgia Virtual Learning
      • http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources.aspx
    • Illinois Virtual School
      • http://ilvirtual.org/
    image source
  • 42. http://www.ILvirtual.org TOUR OF AN IVS COURSE
  • 43.  
  • 44. Professional Development
    • Establishing an Effective Professional
    • Development Program  
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    • Common Myths / Misconceptions
      • Virtual schools and regular school counselors can handle the few participating students without leadership support.
      • Any regular classroom teacher is already qualified to teach online.
      • Any highly qualified face-to-face classroom teacher is ready to teach a quality online course that has previously been prepared or purchased. Some say those who teach a section that is already online don’t really teach at all!
  • 46. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/NACOL_PDforVSandOlnLrng.pdf
    •   Common Myths / Misconceptions
      • Virtual schooling will fit with regular school routines and practices. The technology coordinator and counselor will provide any professional development necessary.
      • Newly qualified teachers who learn about virtual schooling in their preservice programs will be ready to teach online when they graduate.
    • Prepare for the "Why?"
      • Concisely Define Purpose
      • Purpose drives design
      • Effectively convey / defend concept
    image source
    • District 219 has instituted Board Goal #3: Anywhere, Anytime Learning. As students receive devices and participate in a re-written curriculum (BOE Goal 2 E nsuring a guaranteed and rigorous curriculum and common final exam ) teachers need to be able to effectively leverage the educational potential these devices offer students. Tech 1 exposes teachers to a wide variety of common resources (web 2.0, collaborative, FOSS) which will help them effectively select and develop educational experiences for their students.
    • Wisconsin
      • 30 hours of PD for e-learning/online classroom instruction.  
      • Course content based on the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
    • http://dpi.wi.gov/imt/onlinevir.html
    image source
    • Considerations Prior to Development
    • Need Cabinet/BOE level support  
    • Required or optional training  
    • Timeline for completion
    • Content 
    • Credit / remuneration options 
    • for participants
    image source:  http://farm1.static.flickr.com/64/191668056_20bbc7e89e_o.jpg
  • 51. Professional Development
    • Program Development
      • What is the purpose / reason for your PD program?
      • Do current offerings support your online learning initiative?
      • Who will receive PD?
      • In what setting will participants receive instruction?
      • Where will your curriculum come from?
      • How will you define success from your PD program?
    • iNACOL: National Standards for Quality Online Courses
      • http://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/
    • ISTE: NETS
      • http://www.iste.org/standards.aspx
    • iNACOL: PD for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning
      • http://www.inacol.org/docs/NACOL_PDforVSandOlnLrng.pdf
  • 53.  
  • 54. Quality Assurance
  • 55. Quality Assurance image source This is not course rigor!
  • 56. Quality Assurance
    • Quality Course Design
  • 57. Quality Assurance
    • Effective program evaluation
      • Participation targets
      • Completion goals
      • Cost targets
      • Student feedback
      • Comparison to traditional courses/subjects
      • Delivering an Engaging and Challenging Course.
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      • Using the same course outlines, major assessments and courses examinations as face-to-face courses.
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    • Provide students multiple pathways to learn:
      • Text
      • Audio
      • Video
      • Proctoring major assessments and final exams.
    Image Credit
      • Using live virtual sessions with software like Blackboard Collaborate or Abobe Connect .
    Image Credit
      • Requiring students have interactivity with the teacher and other students.
    Image Credit
      • Requiring weekly, purposeful communication between the teacher and individual students.
    Image Credit
      • Adding oral exams at milestone points in the course to check for understanding.
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      • Challenging problems for accelerated (gifted) students.
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      • Regular formative assessments, followed by periodic formal evaluations by outside reviewers.
  • 68. INTERACTION TRIANGLE Student Teacher Student Content
      • • Essential Understandings
      • • Course Goals
      • • Student insights
      • Achievement and Self-Esteem
      •   BeliefsResponsibility/Risk Taking
      •   Technology Skills and Access  
      • Organization and Self-Regulation  
    • Roblyer, M.D. and Marshall, J. (2002). Prediction success of virtual high school students: Preliminary results from an educational success prediction instrument.
  • 70. COURSE TARGET AUDIENCES Excellent Students, “A”, “B” Average Students, “C” Struggling Students Credit Recovery
  • 71. INACOL DEMOGRAPHICS STUDY www.glickconsulting.com
  • 72. INACOL DEMOGRAPHICS STUDY www.glickconsulting.com
  • 73. Where do I start?
    • www.ilvirtual.org
    • Today's presentation:
      •   http://goo.gl/NHjXv
    • Today's handout:
      • http://goo.gl/p977g
      • Administrator Academy Course in development.
      • Regional effort to help schools with digital learning opportunities.
  • 74. Today's Handouts
    • Presentation:
      • http://goo.gl/NHjXv  
    • Handout
      • http://goo.gl/p977g