Online Learning, a Basic Overview


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This is a basic overview of online learning, including a definition, some possible technologies to use, and steps to get started.

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Online Learning, a Basic Overview

  1. 1. Online Learning Evan Silberman 15 November 2013
  2. 2. Current State
  3. 3. Current State Sloan Consortium
  4. 4. Current State Sloan Consortium
  5. 5. Current State, Continued Through 2017, K-12 online education spending will increase 25%, while budgetary constraints will keep spending on traditional instructional categories stagnant. Gartner Research
  6. 6. Definition
  7. 7. Defining Online Learning • • • • • • • • Correspondence Study Distance Learning Distributed Education Hybrid Class Blended Learning Open Learning Online Learning E-Learning
  8. 8. Defining Online Learning, Continued “...Education in which "the teacher and the student are separated geographically so that face-to-face communication is absent; communication is accomplished instead by one or more technological media, most often electronic (interactive television, satellite television, computers, and the like)" A term for the physical separation of teachers and learners…distance…With an emphasis on the learner.
  9. 9. Common Concepts • Education – A course of study is being undertaken involved both teaching and learning • Overcoming Barriers of Place and Time • A Tool is Used to Facilitate Learning • Technology is Broadly Applicable • Distance Learning Happens in a Variety of Formats
  10. 10. Continuum of Online Education • Traditional Classroom • Traditional Classroom with Digital Enhancements • Hybrid • Traditional class with digital enhancements • Flipped class • Course with peer-to-peer tutoring • Fully online course • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  11. 11. Continuum of Online Education Gartner Research
  12. 12. Benefits • Overcome barriers • place and time • learning styles • other educational barriers (e.g., Learners with disabilities) • Increase access to education • Reduce travel • Cost avoidance/Cost savings • Increased visibility
  13. 13. The Main Points About Online Learning • Established • Effective • Learner Centered
  14. 14. Technology
  15. 15. Technology Synchronous Communication in which all parties participate at the same time. Asynchronous Communication in which the parties participate at different times.
  16. 16. Technology Free Paid Open Source Proprietary
  17. 17. Learning Management Systems Product Free Blackboard Paid Open Source X Blackboard Course Sites X X X Moodle Proprietary X X Canvas Desire 2 Learn X X Sakai X X X X
  18. 18. Other Useful Technology Product Free Paid Open Source Proprietary GoToMeeting X X WebEx X X Adobe Connect X X Wordpress X X Wikispaces X X Google Apps X X X X
  19. 19. MOOCS
  20. 20. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  21. 21. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  22. 22. MOOCS Gartner Research
  23. 23. Getting Started
  24. 24. Getting Started I. II. III. IV. V. Gain Some Experience Start Small Develop a Plan Engage Stakeholders Be Prepared I. For Change II. To Train Your Staff, Instructors, and Learners VI. Make Alternatives Available VII. Think Iteratively Adopted from Education Source Database
  25. 25. Thank You. Questions? Evan Silberman