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  • Hello – I’m Jill Beck, a Business Education Teacher here at Garden Spot High School in ELANCO School District. I have been asked by our principal to put together a proposal for online course evaluation.
  • In this presentation we will discuss our school setting, our ELANCO Online audience, and online program evaluation criteria
  • So let’s first take a look at our school setting.
  • We currently have about 3100 students attending ELANCO School District. There are however about 500 students within our district that are not attending public school. About 400 students are attending private school and about 100 of our students are attending school online. These 100 students are an important factor to us here in ELANCO because they are very costly. Pennsylvania advertises to parents that their children can attend and online education institution for free, however someone is paying their tuition and that happens to be the public school. The public school is required to pay the tuition that someone would pay if they were living in another district, but attending our public schools. As you can see it is quite costly. We pay anywhere from $8000 to about $14000 per student. This is a large reason why we have brought online education in house. There is a very large demand and the cost is also very large.
  • So who is attending online education and what are their reasons?
  • What we have found is that the students are all very different – all different levels of income and cultures. We also discovered that their reasons for attending online education are quite varied, it seems that each student has their own specific reason for attending online education.
  • We wanted to give students an incentive to attend our online program here at ELANCO. We created an online program that offers options that they may not be able to receive from other online schools. First, students can receive a diploma from ELANCO. This becomes very attractive because not all universities and military programs accept students who receive diplomas from some online schools. Second, students who attend ELANCOnLine can participate in all ELANCO activities including sports, marching band, clubs, dances, prom, and the performing artsLastly, we provide opportunities for students to meet face-to-face with our highly qualified teachers in our buildings. Our instructors are physically located in the same school district as our students – this is not always true for other online schools. The instructor could be hours away.
  • Now that you understand the reasons for ELANCO to bring online education in-house and know the advantages for students to attend our virtual school, lets discuss how to evaluate an online program.
  • Firstyou must determine what you want out of your online educational program. You can focus on evaluating the instructors, student involvement, course content, grading, and technology.
  • When evaluating an online program, one of the first things you should consider is if you will be using the instructors that work for the company or will you be using teachers that work for your school district? If you will be using the instructors from the online program, you need to find out if the instructors have completed a teaching program? Are they highly qualified based on the qualifications of your state? Are the instructors communicating with students and parents on a regular basis? Are they giving clear and timely feedback? The instructor will be leading the students through the online course, so they are an integral part of an online program.
  • I hope this slide show helped you to learn more about online course evaluation. If you have questions about this presentation, please contact me through email at jill_beck@elanco.org

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  • ELANCO School District
    Online program evaluation
    Jill Beck
    Business Education Teacher
  • School Setting
    Online Audience
    Online Program Evaluation Criteria
  • ELANCO School District
    School Setting
  • Student population: 3,111
    Students transported to non-public schools: 416
    Students attending school online: 96
    ELANCO tuition cost:
    Elementary: $7,848
    Secondary: $9,150
    IEP: $14,000
    ELANCO Students
  • ELANCO School District
    ELANCONLINE Audience
  • Mixed socioeconomic
    Mixed cultures
    Mixed reasons
    Online Audience
  • Students who want to earn an ELANCO diploma
    Students who enjoy extra-curricular activities
    Students who want the opportunity to meet face-to-face with teachers or other students
    ELANCOnline Advantages
  • ELANCO School District
    Online program evaluation criteria
  • Does the program meet our needs?
    What are our needs?
    Instructor evaluation
    Student evaluation
    Course content evaluation
    Grading evaluation
    Technology evaluation
    Establish Goals
  • Are the instructors highly qualified educators with teaching certifications
    Do the instructors communicate with students and parents on a regular basis?
    Do the instructors encourage student collaboration and participation?
    Do the instructors give timely and clear feedback?
    Instructor evaluation
  • Does the program offer courses for students at various learning levels? (Applied, academic, advanced, honors, AP)
    Does the program offer a variety of ways to learn content?
    Does program make accommodations for students with IEPs or GIEPs?
    How does the program encourage student collaboration?
    Does the program value parental input and communication?
    Does the program track student logon time?
    Does the program clearly identify learning goals to the students?
    Student evaluation
  • Does each course provide a variety of ways to evaluate students (quiz, test, project, reflection, journal, etc.)
    Are grading rubrics used and available?
    Are the evaluations rigorous?
    Do the evaluations demonstrate the student learned the objectives of the lesson or unit?
    Are grades easily accessible by the student and parent?
    Grading evaluation
  • Does each course have a syllabus that is easily accessible?
    Does the syllabus include items like objectives, grading procedures, office hours, ways to communicate with the instructor?
    Do the assignments and assessments contribute to learning the course objectives and outcomes?
    Does the reading and assignments contribute to learning?
    Are a variety of instructional approaches used?
    Are discussion boards available for students to ask for help?
  • What technology will be utilized?
    Is tech support available for the student and school district?
    Who houses the hardware and software to run the program?
    Technology evaluation
  • ELANCO School District
    Contact me: jill_beck@elanco.org