Update Report for   Online Learning June 10, 2010
Background Information <ul><li>May 11, 2009  –  </li></ul><ul><li>Board approved proposal to offer online curriculum optio...
<ul><li>For the 2009-10 School Year </li></ul><ul><li>42   students grade K-12 had Open Enrolled Out  </li></ul><ul><li>of...
High School Students  Gained An Experience <ul><li>Semester One </li></ul><ul><li>55   Online Courses were attempted </li>...
Feedback from Students <ul><li>Response From Those Who Dropped  </li></ul><ul><li>the Online Course : </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Response to Question 1:  “Why did you want to take an Online Course?” <ul><li>“ I thought it would be an interesting exper...
Response to Question 2:  “Was the Online Course what you expected?” <ul><li>“ It was more difficult than I thought.” </li>...
Response to Questions:  “Was the Online Course what you expected?” <ul><li>“ It was about what I expected it to be.” </li>...
Response to Question 3:  “What would have made the experience better?” <ul><li>“ More time to work on the class, but that’...
Response to Question 4:  “What advice would you give other students who are considering an online course?” <ul><li>“ Make ...
Feedback from Teachers :  “What was your overall impression with the rigor of the course content and general alignment wit...
“ How did the students do in the online environment?” <ul><li>One teacher shared the following: </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was...
Feedback from Teachers: <ul><li>“ What would you recommend to make the online experience more successful?” </li></ul><ul><...
Feedback from Teachers: <ul><li>Quote from one teacher: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I appreciate the Board’s willingness to su...
Projections for 2010-2011 <ul><li>8 students will remain primarily in full time virtual education. 1 student will join us ...
Projections for 2010-2011 <ul><li>Currently there are: </li></ul><ul><li>36 requests to take one class at the high school ...
Next Steps – The Journey Continues! <ul><li>1.  Policy Regarding Cost  – New this next  year, students who do not complete...
Next Steps – The Journey Continues! <ul><li>5.  All 8-12 students and parents  will be invited to attend a group orientati...
Next Steps – The Journey Continues! <ul><li>6.  Include Guidance Counselors as Local Education Guides (LEGs) </li></ul><ul...
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Update Report for Online Learning - 2010

  1. 1. Update Report for Online Learning June 10, 2010
  2. 2. Background Information <ul><li>May 11, 2009 – </li></ul><ul><li>Board approved proposal to offer online curriculum options to Oregon students. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>For the 2009-10 School Year </li></ul><ul><li>42 students grade K-12 had Open Enrolled Out </li></ul><ul><li>of Oregon Schools to attend a virtual school. </li></ul><ul><li>19 students returned to Oregon Schools when we opened online options. </li></ul><ul><li>3 students of the original 42 returned to Oregon “brick and mortar schools” at the beginning of the 2009-10 School year. </li></ul><ul><li>52% of the Potential Open Enroll Out Families </li></ul><ul><li>Returned </li></ul><ul><li>When We Offered an Online Option </li></ul>
  4. 4. High School Students Gained An Experience <ul><li>Semester One </li></ul><ul><li>55 Online Courses were attempted </li></ul><ul><li>51% of the first semester courses were completed successfully </li></ul><ul><li>Semester Two </li></ul><ul><li>29 Online Courses were attempted </li></ul><ul><li>72% were completed successfully </li></ul>Total High School Courses for the 2009-2010 School Year 84 Attempted 58% Successfully Completed
  5. 5. Feedback from Students <ul><li>Response From Those Who Dropped </li></ul><ul><li>the Online Course : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Some admitted that they didn’t have the self-discipline needed to complete the course without daily contact with a teacher. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. It was too easy to procrastinate! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Students initially thought an online course would be easier. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Response to Question 1: “Why did you want to take an Online Course?” <ul><li>“ I thought it would be an interesting experience.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was struggling to get everything I wanted into a schedule.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I wanted a course that wasn’t offered at Oregon High School.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Response to Question 2: “Was the Online Course what you expected?” <ul><li>“ It was more difficult than I thought.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I didn’t expect the discussion assignments.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Definitely not. I thought it would be much less time demanding. I also thought there would be fewer assignments”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was nothing like I expected; I anticipated a properly structured challenging course, instead the course was entirely based off a very poor online textbook.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Response to Questions: “Was the Online Course what you expected?” <ul><li>“ It was about what I expected it to be.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was exactly how I imagined, maybe a little easier in some ways.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the most part yes. The work I had to do seemed awfully repetitive. A little variety would have been nice”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I thought that there would be a lot of work and I was right.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Response to Question 3: “What would have made the experience better?” <ul><li>“ More time to work on the class, but that’s my issue. I had to balance work and my other school work as well.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ More contact with the teacher/advisor. Wouldn’t always respond to emails or grade assignments promptly.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It would have been better if I did work throughout the class instead of all at the end of the year”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Strict deadlines.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Response to Question 4: “What advice would you give other students who are considering an online course?” <ul><li>“ Make sure you are self motivated and give yourself time to work on that class.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t’ think online is easier, because it’s harder and more work.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t procrastinate”. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Feedback from Teachers : “What was your overall impression with the rigor of the course content and general alignment with our district curriculum?” <ul><li>“Very strict” “Challenging” </li></ul><ul><li>“Great Accuracy” “A bit extreme” </li></ul>
  12. 12. “ How did the students do in the online environment?” <ul><li>One teacher shared the following: </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was a mixed bag. A couple of students did really well. A couple did nothing. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary level, online learners really need to understand that online learning is essentially independent learning with a map. They just need to follow the map.” </li></ul><ul><li>Other teachers indicated similar experiences indicating that along with procrastinating, other students rushed through the work and attempts to set up regular conference call times proved unsuccessful for some teachers. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Feedback from Teachers: <ul><li>“ What would you recommend to make the online experience more successful?” </li></ul><ul><li>Communication early and often. </li></ul><ul><li>It would be nice to meet with parents as well as students to go over expectations of the course and how to use me as a resource. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide recommendations to students and parents about the need to set aside time every day to work on the coursework. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to find a study hall or lunch period during the school day when students can access their course. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Feedback from Teachers: <ul><li>Quote from one teacher: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I appreciate the Board’s willingness to support this initiative and think outside the box. I am hoping that we can develop a cadre of educators professionally committed to growing with this. Stability is a key. Now that we have made it past the first learning curve, and we know better what to tell students, we can work toward creating certain positive attitudes about online learning.” </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Projections for 2010-2011 <ul><li>8 students will remain primarily in full time virtual education. 1 student will join us from home schooling. </li></ul><ul><li>5 students who were part or full time virtual school last year will be returning to the Brick and Mortar classroom full time for 2010-11. </li></ul><ul><li>3 students returned to home schooled. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Projections for 2010-2011 <ul><li>Currently there are: </li></ul><ul><li>36 requests to take one class at the high school level and </li></ul><ul><li>2 requests from 8 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue from students who previously had Open Enrolled Out exceeds the cost of the Online Courses making Oregon Online a positive program for Oregon students. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Next Steps – The Journey Continues! <ul><li>1. Policy Regarding Cost – New this next year, students who do not complete the course will be required to reimburse the district for the costs. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Teachers will be asked to monitor student online presence more carefully so action can be taken to avoid consequence. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Parents signed a letter of understanding regarding this policy. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Next Steps – The Journey Continues! <ul><li>5. All 8-12 students and parents will be invited to attend a group orientation which will guide them through the first assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>This will also provide the opportunity to show assignment timelines and reinforce the necessity to take responsibility early for all assignments. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Next Steps – The Journey Continues! <ul><li>6. Include Guidance Counselors as Local Education Guides (LEGs) </li></ul><ul><li>7. Calendar dates for testing (WKCE, MAP, Explore, Plan) need to get to full time online families earlier. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Oregon teachers will again be allowed to apply to be an online facilitator first. </li></ul><ul><li>9. If a course does not have a local teacher, we will again contract with CESA 9. </li></ul>

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