IL-CTO IASB-IASA-IASBO JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE Online Learning: What School Boards Should Know November 17, 2012The Trends:• Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Virginia and West Virginia require an online course before graduation.• K-12 online courses enrollments now at several million or slightly more than 5% of the total K-12 student population.• Blended programs are the fast-growing segment. Promising Practices In Course Quality • Virtual classrooms • Recorded sessions • Discussion boards, wikis, blogs • Virtual Office hours • Oral Examinations • Purposeful weekly communication from teacher to student • Proctored Exams Online Learning is . . . education in which instruction and content are delivered primarily over the Internet. (Watson & Kalmon, 2005). Blended Learning is . . . a formal education program in which Presenters a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content • Cindy Hamblin, Director, Illinois Virtual and instruction with some element School, email@example.com of student control over time, place,• Jeffrey L. Hunt, Director, IL CTO, path, and/or pace firstname.lastname@example.org AND• Phil Lacey, Director of Instructional at least in part at a supervised brick- Technology, Niles Township High and-mortar location away from School District, email@example.com home. (Innosight Institute, 2012)
IL-CTO fourteen different 17- week terms are available to the student. StudentsIllinois Virtual School (IVS) is a wanting to work hard and finish astatewide, online program course in less time can do it!supported by the Illinois State Students needing more timeBoard of Education (ISBE). reviewing difficult content can do it! Students needing to pick up a ½Why Consider Online Learning credit course to graduate with theirThrough Illinois Virtual School class, can sign-up for a course after(IVS)? Online learning expands the traditional spring term (e.g.,educational access and improves February, March or April). Onlineeducational outcomes in numerous learning provides flexibility for theways, including: student and school.1) Expanding the range of courses available to 3) Affording opportunities to at- students, especially in rural risk students, elite athletes, schools, beyond what a performers in the arts, and single school can offer; IVS homebound students; allowing offers 126 (.5) credit courses to them to continue their studies students. Twenty (20) different outside the classroom; IVS offers (.5) semester AP courses are a full range of core credit courses. available. World language School districts that have submitted courses covering six different a Remote Education Policy and Plan* languages. In addition, electives to ISBE, can use IVS courses to meet from science, social science, fine the required guidelines. Online arts, health, and learning meets the needs of non- business/technology are traditional students. available. All courses are *Public Act 96-0684 (HB 2448, facilitated by IL-certified 8/25/09) and modified PA 97-0339 instructors and are offered to (HB 3223, 8/12/11): Authorizes students in grades 5-12. school districts to create and offer “remote educational programs” tailored to individual student needs and claim GSA for those programs.2) Providing flexibility to 105 ILCS 10-29. students facing scheduling conflicts and enrollment needs beyond the Contact IVS today to learn more traditional fall and spring about courses & services available! terms; IVS offers flexible enrollment. For 2012-2013,
IL-CTOProfessional DevelopmentPreparing Teachers for Online LearningOnline Learning Opportunities in District 219BOE Five Year Goal #3: Engaging students in anywhere/anytimelearning by providing laptop computers to expand their learning op-portunities.Student’s World: Science Department ran summer hybrid coursesas mandatory for sophomores taking AP coursesInstructional Goal: Use LMS (Moodle) as preparatory instructionalcontextOverall success perceived by instructors• Students handled technology well• Students seem to be more successful than in past• one issue where different instructor taught course in Fall than summerFaculty World: Professional Development to develop the capacityfor Virtual Instruction Developed 3 Tiered Course offering Level 1 Course requiredWhat does it take to prepare instructors to develop / offer hybridinstruction? How do I learn more? Illinois Virtual School -- http://ilvirtual.org iNACOL’s How to Start Online Program – http://goo.gl/wJK8B Niles Township High School -- https://d219.org/aalJoin our online community — http://ilearnonline.wikispaces.com
IL-CTO Remote Education Program ActPublic Act 96-0684 (HB 2448, 8/25/09) and modified PA 97-0339 (HB3223, 8/12/11): Authorizes school districts to create and offer “remoteeducational programs” tailored to individual student needs and claim GSAfor those programs (105 ILCS 10-29 School Code). Guidelines for the REAare being written by the ISBE.Definition of Remote Education Program (REP): “(a) An educationalprogram delivered to students in the home or other location outside ofa school building.” These programs will be subject to requirementsand parameters as set forth in the Act.The law requires that the district create a Remote Education Plan for eachstudent. The plan must account for the following components: Goals Assessments Progress Reports Expectations, processes, and schedules Family Responsibilities IEP Requirements Participation Responsible Parent Program Administrator Term of Participation Location of Participation CertificationThe Illinois State Board of Education has written rules for trackingattendance. For the purposes of determining average daily attendance for General State Aid under Section 10-29 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/10-29], a school district operating a remote educational program shall document, and make available to the State Superintendent of Education or his designee upon request, a written or online record of instructional time for each student enrolled in the program that provides sufficient evidence of the student’s active participation in the program (e.g., log in and log off process, electronic monitoring, adult supervision, two-way interaction between teacher and student, video cam).