District leaders are facing mounting pressures to improve and expand educational programs to ensure that students graduate and that they do so prepared for workforce and college-level challenges. But with scarce budgets, student scheduling conflicts, and limited teacher availability, districts are looking to online learning for cost-effective and flexible student learning opportunities that are interactive, connected and personalized.
However, as districts look to start a virtual school, they often do not know where to begin or how to demonstrate early success of the program. The time and resources necessary to create courses may seem overwhelming and districts often need to build expertise necessary to bring learning online.
Phyllis Lentz, Director of Global Services at Florida Virtual School (FLVS), describes how districts are expanding learning opportunities through online courses and shares recommendations on how you can get started at your district. With over 90 courses, 54,000 current students, and 100,400 enrollments,* FLVS has the proven experience to offer insight on how districts can efficiently move courses online and build a successful virtual school.
Also shared in the presentation is how Blackboard Learn and the Blackboard Virtual School Quick Start Solution are helping districts achieve their goals.
* As of April 13, 2009, based on the 2008-2009 school year thus far. FLVS completions are measured as half-credit enrollments, based on student completions during a 12-month period.