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  • Their conclusion was clear. “...on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face classes. ” What was most interesting about this finding is that the result is not due to the technology itself, but rather to the affordances offered by the technology.
  • When these statements were made by Arne Duncan last October in his speech at Teacher’s College, I recalled some of my southern relatives who would say, “Them is fightin’ words.” As teacher educators, we can choose to be reactive or proactive to mandates. We prefer to take a proactive stance in education, and lead the way. Our dean has helped support us to make that possible.
  • And here’s a copy of a brochure we were working on at the time that commercial was aired. We immediately decided to go in another direction—we carefully articulated our thinking and changed our mission statement. It was extremely empowering. I think we’re in a phase in online education where we need to move from “just don’t tell anyone” to “let’s tells everyone!”
  • How do we pull it all together: participatory culture, social networks, research, emerging trends, meeting federal and state mandates?
  • How do we pull it all together: participatory culture, social networks, research, emerging trends, meeting federal and state mandates?

Senate Education Committee Senate Education Committee Presentation Transcript

  • Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. Professor & Chair Dept. of Educational Technology [email_address]
  • “ ...on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face classes. ” Evidence Based Practices of Online Learning, U.S. Dept. of Education, 2009
  • Reforming Teacher Education
    • “ By almost any standard, many if not most of the nation’s 1,450 schools, colleges, and departments of education are doing a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the realities of the 21st century classroom.”
    • “ America’s university-based teacher preparation programs need revolutionary change--not evolutionary tinkering.
    Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
    • A diverse network of education scholars, professionals, and candidates who:
    • Lead research and innovations in online teaching and learning
    • Model, promote, manage, and evaluate digital-age teaching and learning resources in K-higher education environments
    • Inspire creativity and expertise in digital media literacies
    • Design and develop imaginative learning environments 
    • Empower learners to be evolving digital citizens who advocate cultural understanding and global responsibility
    • Promote and pattern participatory culture, professional practice, and lifelong learning
    • Forge connections between research, policy, and practice in educational technology
    Innovative Vision
        • Pre-service Technology Integration course
    • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, emphasis in educational technology
    • M.S. in Educational Technology (M.S.)
    • Masters in Educational Technology (M.E.T.)
    • Graduate certificate programs:
          • Online Teaching - K12 and adult learners
          • Technology Integration Specialist
          • School Technology Coordinator
    Brick N Mortar campus; fully online graduate programs Degrees & Certificates
  • Where EDTECH students live 27% Idaho 65% national 8% international
  • Largest Graduate Program at BSU 1018 1248 +23% 504 Ed Tech Enrollments +148% $1.3M self-support revenue, we imported over $900K revenue into the state this FY
  • Innovative courses YouTube for Educators Teaching & Learning in Virtual Worlds Mobile Learning Social Network Learning Online Course Design Online Teaching in K12 Environments Interactive Courseware Design and more!
  • Innovative Participatory Networks
    • Graduate Student Association (online)
    • Graduate Assistantships & scholarships (self-funded)
    • Blogs and LinkedIn for Professional Portfolios
    • EDTECH Connection
    • EDTECH Showcase
    • EDTECH Island
    • Cool Teacher Podcast
    • Moodle Social Networking
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Cool Teacher Podcast
  • Blogs
  • Moodle
  • EDTECH Island
    • 12 graduate courses, $250K tuition
    • 8 instructors, multiple Gas
    • Avg. 450 unique visitors per week
    • Numerous guest speaker events
    • “ Home” to over 50 international educators
    • EDTECH Community group over 1,650 members
    • Sandbox, classrooms, amphitheater, and learning centers open to the public
    • CAVE Island – Partnership with AECT, iNACOL & ARVEL SIG
  • EdTech Connection
  • EDTECH Showcase
  • Challenges
    • Scaling technology systems for online programs at a brick-n-mortar institution
    • Adapting policies and processes designed for appropriated campus-based programs to an online self-support program
      • Ex., performance bonuses, carryforwards, purchasing, accounting
    • Keeping lines of communication open between involved stakeholders, i.e., IEN
    • Policies in schools that inhibit access, i.e., web filtering
  • Linking Research, Policy & Practice
  • Innovative Research Who is teaching online, what is their training, and what are their needs? Who is designing online curriculum, what is their training, and what are their needs?
  • Online Teacher Experience
    • 99% credential teachers
    • 27% new to online teaching
    • Only 2% new to the teaching profession
    • 55% 6-15 years of total teaching experience
    • 18% 16+ years total teaching experience
    • 55% Master’s degree+
    • 46% 45+ hours of training in online teaching
    Experienced Workforce
  • PD Preferences
    • 536 open-ended comments generated 18 themes
    What are your unique needs and challenges as a K-12 online teacher? In their own words...
    • Time management (71)
    • Student responsibility (61)
    • Technology Skills (54)
    • Communication (54)
    • Parental Support (53)
    • Isolation (46)
    • Workload (42)
    • Teacher/student ratio (34)
    • Special needs (23)
    • PD issues (22)
    • Administrative support (14)
    • Curriculum issues (12)
    • Best practice (12)
    • Compensation (11)
    • Accurate assessment (8)
    • Credibility (7)
    • Copyright/plagiarism (7)
    • Organizational skills (5)
  • Self - Reported Needs
  • Self - Reported Needs
  • Idaho K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement
  • National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers
  • 3D GameLab for Teen Leaders
  • Linking Research, Policy & Practice iNACOL, ISTE, SREB State Department of Education, Board of Education, Legislature Innovative research methods to determine impact on learning BSU project-based courses and degrees CEU credit for local school trainings Research-based summer camps Going Virtual research series, INSPIRE & IDLA evaluations, EDTECH Connection
  • Thank you for helping to lead the evolution! Questions?