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Describes the costs for an online or blended learning program. Gives two case studies as examples and the result.

Describes the costs for an online or blended learning program. Gives two case studies as examples and the result.

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  • 1. T he Bottom Line:Financing Online/Blended Pr og r ams Dr. Rob Darrow Lead 3.0 – San Mateo April 2012 Handout: Online Cost Sheet
  • 2. Introductions Me You
  • 3. A Few Definitions Online Learning  70% or more time taught and learned online Blended Learning  Using online learning tools to teach students where some student time is flexible Computer Assisted vs. Teacher Led
  • 4. Online/Blended Learning ProgramsComputer Assisted Teacher Lead Computer assessment and  Teacher places students computer placed  Teacher at end of every course Complete lesson (teacher in  Students advance based on a box) teacher assessment (some may be multiple choice) Multiple choice test (Pass,  Online interaction (e.g. continue; Fail, repeat) discussion boards, Adult facilitated synchronous online (credentialed or classified) lessons/office hours)  Education 2020  One teacher every course  K-12, Inc.  Plato  Florida Virtual School  Apex Learning  Connections Academy Which costs less?
  • 5. Who Has… A Blended Learning Program? An Online Learning Program  (students taking courses online with teachers not in the same school)
  • 6. In California…how do wefund schools? (Finance 101)  ADA – Average Daily Attendance  1 student in school 1 day = 1 ADA (or FTE).  Cannot split ADA  Independent Study  Grants / Fees / Fund Raisers / Student Pays
  • 7. California Finance  ADA (“seat time” - 240 minutes each day)  Independent Study (student gets hours based on work and physically meets a teacher once a week).  Charter (ADA or Ind Study)1 student in school 1 day = 1 ADA.
  • 8. Two California School Districts  Kings Canyon  Clovis Unified Unified  Cal Online Dunlap Leadership (2000-2005) Academy - 2008  (Students: 37,000;  (Students: 9700; Teachers: 1752) Teachers: 439) www.dunlapleadershipacademy.com/
  • 9. Two California School Districts Kings Canyon Unified Clovis UnifiedFull time online student Part time online studentStudents may attend (no more than one onlinecomputer lab course)weekly/daily Face to face trainingMonthly check in with Online check in withteacher face-to-face teacherOne teacher facilitates One teacher per courseall courses
  • 10. Clovis Unified Kings Canyon USD
  • 11. Kings Canyon Unified Dunlap…the one area of the district without a high school. Where’s Dunlap? Population: 131
  • 12. Dunlap Leadership Academy Why? Kings Canyon USD
  • 13. Financing: DunlapLeadershipAcademy
  • 14. California Finance ADA Differences Per student, per year Kings Canyon - $6,063 Clovis Unified – $5,983 Modesto City - $5,839 Sylvan– $5,551 Patterson - $5,290 Charters - $6,600 (9-12) Ed. Data Figures, Unrestricted ADA, 2009-10
  • 15. Dunlap Leadership Academy30 students - ADA 30 students X $6100 = $183,000 per year. Special program funding - $650 per student (or another $20,000) Total Income: $203,000. Round to $200,000
  • 16. See Handout:Calculating Costs
  • 17. Dunlap Leadership Academy Course Content Provided by Advanced Academics. Cost: $400 per student per course. 5 courses per student. $400 X 30 students X 5 courses = $60,000.
  • 18. Course Management System (Moodle, Bb) Included in “content” price
  • 19. Other Online Tools Use district student information system (no cost) No additional software used
  • 20. Equipment CostsComputer Lab  Cost for hardware (30 computers): $30,000.
  • 21. Administrative Costs ($50,000) Principal – Part time (shared with school across the street) ($40,000) Secretary/lab aide and campus aide  8:00-2:00 each day – 30 hours per week. ($10,000) Custodian (part time – shared with school across the street). Total Personnel Cost: $100,000
  • 22. Dunlap Leadership Academy Supplies Supplies = $5,000.
  • 23. Teacher Cost Included in “content cost”
  • 24. Special Education “Built in” to the program Now, Add it up!
  • 25. Dunlap LeadershipAcademy Income and Expenses Income by ADA: $200,000.  Personnel: $100,000 (no hired dist teachers)  Equipment: $40,000  Content and Teachers: $60,000  Supplies: $5,000 Expense Total: $205,000 Income – Expenses = - ($5,000)
  • 26. Asst. Supt. Business Sees:Cost Per Student Cost = $200,000 30 students = $6600 per student. 50 students = $4000 per student. 120 students = $2000
  • 27. Clovis Unified  Unified in 1960:one high school / intermediate school, 4 elementary schools
  • 28. Clovis Unified District motto: “Be the best you can in mind, body and spirit.” In 2008: 28,000 students – 12,000 in high school.  6 high schools, 5 intermediate schools and 32 elementary schools.
  • 29. Clovis Unified Cal Online Part time students – may not take more than one online course 4 total courses (Bio, Alg 1, Eng9, Government/Economics) First classes: June 2001
  • 30. Clovis Unified Cal Online ADA = 0 Budget: $250,000 Funded from 2000-2006 by 12 different grants and funds over 6 years – no ADA or General Fund.
  • 31. Financing: Cal Online
  • 32. Course Content Licensed from Florida Virtual School. $20,000 per year Then, created own. One time cost for teacher development: $5,000
  • 33. Course Management Moodle Cost: (0 – used district server; except the cost of the tech person) Full time online tech assistant monitored and organized courses into Moodle
  • 34. Other Online Tools District Student Information System Elluminate Online Conferencing System: $5,000
  • 35. Equipment Costs Materials: (textbooks, lab kits, etc.): $6,000 Teacher cell phones: $4,000Total: $10,000
  • 36. Administrative Costs Full time Coordinator, and online tech assistant TOTAL: $120,000
  • 37. Teacher Costs District teachers 4 part time teachers – ($15,000 each) Total: $60,000
  • 38. Special Education Provided by district (no direct cost) Consult and observe Now, Add it up!
  • 39. Add It Up Income by ADA: -0-.  Content: $20,000  Other Online Tools: $5,000  Personnel: $180,000 (Admin and Tchrs)  Equipment: $10,000 Expense Total: $215,000 Income – Expenses = +$45,000
  • 40. Asst. Supt. Business  100 students enrolled in 4 courses.  $215,000 Costs  Divided out: $2150 per student (in addition to the face-to-face school costs)
  • 41. Clovis Unified - Cal Online Ended in 2006 No finance model worked for part time students
  • 42. Create Your Own Finance Plan Fill in your “estimated” cost chart.
  • 43. 2020 Visions Report (2006) $1 mil to start up an online school Bellsouth Foundation (2006). Anderson, A.B., Augenblick, J., and DeCesare, D., and Conrad, J.
  • 44. Online School Finance Challenges Economy of scale: Need money or students With full complement of courses, how do you reduce costs?  Contract content out?  Teachers?  Develop own content?  Get more students?
  • 45. Lessons Learned: Via research and experience Get all district admin on board Talk with all “stakeholder” groups in establishing your online school (counselors, special education, etc.) Identify budget income for 3 years Lack of money = no program
  • 46. Resources iNacol, International Organization for K-12 Online Learning – www.inacol.org CUE (and the eLearning SIG) – www.cue.org Keeping Pace - http://kpk12.com/ Ca eLearn Framework - http://www.ccsesa.org/index/hotTopics.cfm Ca Dept of Ed - http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/tcsii/onlineeducation/onlineeduc Online Learning Research about Costs - http://www.onlinelearningvisions.com/research
  • 47. ContactRob @ OnlineLearningVisions.comWeb:www.OnlineLearningVisions.comRob’s Wiki:http://robdarrow.wikispaces.com