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E-Learning Considerations Forest City School District
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)
Choosing a Distance Education Program Accredited Demonstrated success Aligns closely with district and state standards Taught by certified instructors Flexibility Curriculum
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
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
Policy Creators School administration Guidance counselors Technology coordinator Technology integrationist Media director Distance education coordinator Interested staff
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
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
Issues for Online Instructors Modifying materials/curriculum Resources Communication with students Workloads Choosing textbooks Working with a course designer(s)
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
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
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.
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