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  • 1. E-Learning Considerations Forest City School District
  • 2. Why Distance Learning? Provides new opportunities for students Credit recovery Prepares students for future online programs of higher education Online students perform better than those receiving face to face instruction Offers more personalized learning Every student has a voice (participation)
  • 3. Choosing a Distance Education Program Accredited Demonstrated success Aligns closely with district and state standards Taught by certified instructors Flexibility Curriculum
  • 4. Creating a Distance Education Program Certified teachers – Which teachers? Offer incentives? Who do we offer to? - outside the district? Creating curriculum Setting up a course management system (CMS) Student Support (library services, enrollment services, tutor services) Parent access
  • 5. Creating a Program Cont’d Academic advising Pre-assessments for enrollment Hiring mentors Students have one class period set aside for each online class they are enrolled in Marketing
  • 6. Distance Education Policy Considerations Academic Fiscal, geographic, and governance Faculty Legal Student Technical Philosophical
  • 7. Policy Creators School administration Guidance counselors Technology coordinator Technology integrationist Media director Distance education coordinator Interested staff
  • 8. Critical Factors for Success Online teachers evaluated annually Mentors are actively involved Parents receive information Feedback methods Fulltime distance education coordinator Proper infrastructure Communication of program to community
  • 9. Most Important Roles of DistanceEducation Coordinator Coordinates with administration, faculty, and staff Manages day to day operations of the program Coordinates the pre-assessment and advisement of students Directs faculty development activities for online education Assess and evaluate new products used in distance education Develops and manages the annual budget and determines program costs Works closely with IT for student technical support
  • 10. Issues for Online Instructors Modifying materials/curriculum Resources Communication with students Workloads Choosing textbooks Working with a course designer(s)
  • 11. Student Enrollment GPA criteria Pre-Assessment Attendance rates Academic maturity Purpose of enrollment
  • 12. Successful Online Learners: Articulate themselves in written form Work well in a collaborative environment Are assertive, goal oriented, independent, motivated Are comfortable with technology Have organizational and management skills Are self-disciplined and committed
  • 13. Barriers to Online Learning Administrative issues Social interaction Academic skills Technical skills Learner motivation Time and support for studies Access to the Internet Technical problems
  • 14. Additional Considerations: Online education is rapidly evolving and changing. Developing and creating takes time and patience. Students need support to be successful. Developing a online education that is flexible and effective is imperative. The program should not be looked at for only recovery credits, but also for higher education options for students.
  • 15. Questions and Answers
  • 16. References:Collins, S. e-learning frameworks for NCLB.Muilenburg, L. & Berge, Z. (2005). Student barriers to online learning: A factor analytic study. DistanceEducation, 26(1), 29-48Orr, R. (2009) 10 reasons why online learning is becoming mainstream.http://blog.study2u.com/459/10-reasons-online-learning-is-becoming-mainstream/Shelton, K. & Saltsman, G. (2005). An administrator’s guide to online education. Greenwich, Connecticut:Information Age Publishing