Learning Continuity: A Discussion with Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL


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Schools across the nation are preparing for the possibility that H1N1 will hit their student population, causing student and staff absences or quarantines. Forward-looking districts are planning now to ensure learning continuity not only for this pandemic, but for future extended student absences.

Using examples and models from online learning can provide a framework for learning continuity during student absences and potential flu dismissals.

Susan Patrick, CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, reviews short and long-term frameworks to help schools provide learning continuity through online learning. Susan has traveled the world identifying case studies for academic continuity and recently briefed the Department of Education on recommendations for uninterrupted student learning.

During her travels, Susan identified that schools widely regarded as excellent share the following practices:
• Train every teacher to teach online
• Offer online learning in 100% of secondary schools
• Provide all instructional materials digitally and online
• Use a learning management system accessed by every teacher and secondary school to deliver course materials and track student progress.

A Blackboard client, Briarcliff Manor School District, will also share how they will be using Blackboard to prepare for possible extended student absences.

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Learning Continuity: A Discussion with Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL

  1. 1. Wednesday September 30, 2009 Susan Patrick , CEO, iNACOL Erica Beasley , DBA and Registrar, Briarcliff Manor UFSD Jennifer Matthews , Director, Training Services, Blackboard Inc. Learning Continuity: A Discussion with Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL
  2. 2. 20 million users 9 global offices across 4 continents Born from education in 1997 1,000+ of us, working with 5,200+ of you Extended by 2,500 developers and partners +
  3. 3. <ul><li>Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver a 21st Century educational experience that is engaging, individualized and effective </li></ul>Our Vision:
  4. 4. <ul><li>An open, web-based teaching and learning platform for engaging and assessing learners in and beyond the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>3,000+ clients, 15+ million estimated active users, at all levels of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Local or hosted deployment </li></ul>Engaging and assessing learners at all levels
  5. 5. Client Community
  6. 6. A CLOSER LOOK AT CONTINUITY OF LEARNING <ul><li>Susan Patrick, CEO, iNACOL </li></ul>
  7. 7. Continuity of Learning - Planning <ul><li>Most districts are not thinking about online learning as a solution to enable scalable continuity of learning . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning can provide a short-term solution and a long-term framework for options related to the continuity of learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather closures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School dismissals and closures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural disasters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flu and other pandemic preparedness (including H1N1) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning for online learning to be used day-to-day – provides a “win-win” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging communication and resources online in traditional, blended and virtual classrooms </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Case Study: Singapore <ul><li>SARS outbreak in 2005, academic continuity </li></ul><ul><li>e-learning as a key strategy for learning continuity. </li></ul><ul><li>long-term e-learning plan: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>train every teacher to teach online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide online learning in 100% of secondary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all instructional materials are provided digitally and online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>every teacher and secondary school uses a learning management system to deliver course materials and track student progress. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>e-Learning week </li></ul>
  9. 9. Continuity of Learning Chart from Singapore
  10. 10. Getting Prepared <ul><li>What can the online learning community provide to assist US states, districts, schools and individual students displaced H1N1? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>34 states have state virtual schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of school districts offer online courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short and Long -Term frameworks to help schools adopt e-learning for learning continuity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Readiness Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing people </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Availability of instructional materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accessing the technology tools and platforms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resources and services </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. People: Examples <ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory access at home in the event school is inaccessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train teachers in use of the LMS, communication and distance learning tools (low tech and high tech) for short-term and long-term solutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training parents and students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory access at home in the case of a school dismissal. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train students and parents to access materials and services (low tech and high tech) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools use blended environment under normal circumstances to ensure a smooth transition in the case of an emergency. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify and train gap-fill tutors for online tutoring </li></ul>
  12. 12. Instructional Materials: Examples <ul><li>What instructional materials are available? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Textbooks only – (online materials? offsite licenses?); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabus and materials available via packets or over the Internet; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full online courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools with full online courses more in-depth, systemic approaches to continuity of learning and interaction available. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Invest in digital content and instructional materials that could be delivered at a distance and used in online learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerate organization and access to proprietary and open educational resources (digital, adaptable, sharable, modifiable, re-distributable, i.e., creative commons licensing, MITE, Curriki, etc.) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Technologies: Examples <ul><li>Phone conferencing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide conference-calling solutions; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web-conferencing solutions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide synchronous class meeting solutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning Management System solutions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide blended learning throughout the year; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide synchronous and asynchronous class meetings with teachers and students including live chats with other students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow students and parents to track class using syllabus, completed assignments, grades and assignments interact and have discussions with teachers view their. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Schools </li></ul>
  14. 14. Readiness Assessment <ul><li>Continuity of Learning Readiness - Schools, districts and states could benefit from doing proactive readiness assessments for e-learning e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing what the student and teacher population have at home: e.g. controlled email account, computer and internet access.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A plan/ policy for expanding access in the short- and long- term. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Readiness Assessment <ul><li>Learning Continuity Readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Schools, districts and states could benefit by doing a readiness assessment for e-learning in advance and knowing what the student population has in inventory at home: computer and internet access at a minimum.   </li></ul><ul><li>If they don't have access, then the formulation of a plan or policy for expanding access in the short- and long- term as well as interim strategies in place. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Identifying Issues <ul><li>Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which level of government will be responsible for monitoring and administering such a program for quarantined students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If online classes are offered to quarantined students, how is the online school to be reimbursed, and how will the credits be transferred? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How would responsibilities be divided between the federal government and the US Department of Education, state governments and departments of education, local governments and school districts? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What union issues will need to be accounted for? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Resources on our website for Continuity of Learning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuity of Learning Readiness Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuity of Learning Framework (chart) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Partners </li></ul></ul>Additional Resources www.inacol.org/col
  18. 18. BRIARCLIFF MANOR SCHOOL DISTRICT <ul><li>Blackboard Client Spotlight </li></ul>
  19. 19. CENTRAL DATA PROCESSING INTEROPERABILITY Communication Essentials For the Information Age People | Process | Systems September 2009
  20. 20. Blackboard Adoption K-12 <ul><li>Prerequisites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data integration (accounts, classes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile Desktops Dashboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> www.briarcliffschools.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consolidation of systems (Blackboard ConnectED, SafeAssign) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LDAP (We use Active Directory Authentication) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Default course template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy of Courses (hold one year back) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Mobile Users – Website Menus
  22. 22. Blackboard Basics – The Assignment <ul><li>Login To Blackboard and Set Your Dashboard Preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Course Landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Upload a Course Document </li></ul><ul><li>Post a Course Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Make Your Course Available </li></ul><ul><li>NEW THIS YEAR - include a Wimba Recording </li></ul>
  23. 23. Timed Assignments & Copyright <ul><li>Teachers have websites but = copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers time material = setup for year but timed release of course content and assignments. (students with prolonged absences) </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance is essential even if it’s virtually </li></ul>
  24. 24. Blackboard Parents <ul><li>Student Portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3-8 NYS Parent Reports (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Favorite Work - K-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One portal per parent no matter how many students. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can choose how involved they would like the parents to be in their course, if at all. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Parent Dashboard
  27. 27. Ensure Education Continuity <ul><li>When preparing for education continuity, your district must take into account both your readiness plan as well as the necessary infrastructure. </li></ul>Education Continuity <ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Mass Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Content </li></ul><ul><li>Preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Trained Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Established Procedures </li></ul>
  28. 28. Your Partner in Education Continuity <ul><li>No matter where you are in developing a readiness plan, you can take steps today to provide clear communication and learning continuity. </li></ul>Need help finding and implementing the appropriate infrastructure Ready for the unexpected and expanding access Need guidance on where and how to get started Need help planning for education continuity Readiness Comprehensive Nascent Available Resources Limited Robust ?
  29. 29. A Range of Solutions and Services INFRASTRUCTURE PREPAREDNESS Research Gathering Learning Continuity Implementation Service Staff Training Training Materials I Online I Face-to-face Blackboard is your partner to ensure education continuity and can provide a range of solutions and services to achieve your goals. Limited Robust Blackboard Quick Start Solutions Nascent Comprehensive
  30. 30. Challenge: Learning Continuity Offering Uninterrupted Curriculum Delivery During Hurricanes and H1N1 Calcasieu Parish Public Schools <ul><li>Rural / Suburban / Urban district </li></ul><ul><li>33,000+ students </li></ul><ul><li>4,500+ staff </li></ul><ul><li>1030 square miles </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum teams ensure content is developed for use in Bb. In an emergency situation, an “Emergency Assignments” area is created </li></ul><ul><li>Schools open guest access to curriculum for parents </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and students communicate through discussion boards and Bb mail </li></ul><ul><li>Today, every Calcasieu teacher uses the Blackboard system, with more than 60% using it to communicate with parents </li></ul>Blackboard Solution: Online Curriculum Delivery & Communication Calcasieu Parish partners with Blackboard to ensure interactive teaching and learning will continue regardless of student locale.
  31. 31. Thank you! Questions? <ul><li>iNACOL </li></ul><ul><li>www.inacol.org/col </li></ul><ul><li>Erica Beasley, Briarcliff Manor UFSD </li></ul><ul><li>(914) 941-8880 x379 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.blackboard.com/continuity/k12 </li></ul><ul><li>(800) 424-9299 ext. 2427 </li></ul>