EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: ONLINE LEARNING Cami Case Walden University EDUC - 6715I - 5 Instructor: Rachel Bordelon September 25, 2012on
ONLINE COURSESVirtual School: "An educational organization that offers K-12courses through Internet- or Web-based methods” (Clark, 2001).Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Virtual LearningEnvironments (VLE).A system designed to support, administers, teachers, andstudents to organize teaching and learning in an educationalsetting or online course.
MOODLE.ORG RCAMPUS.COMMoodle is a Course Management System (CMS), alsoknown as a Learning Management System (LMS) or aVirtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free webapplication that educators can use to create effectiveonline learning sites.RCampus is free for individual students and teachersfrom K-12 through Higher Education. Members can useRCampus for managing their courses and assignments,self-publishing coursework, and managing collaborativework.
ONLINE LEARNING BENEFITS:Less paperworkStudents Use the electronic drop-box for assignmentsPost assignments and files as PDF’sStudents work collaboratively on projects and websites(Wikis and Blogs)School and Home Connections
BENEFITS OF ONLINELEARNING FOR STUDENTSAccess LessonsGather Work when AbsentReview LessonsClassroom Discussions with teachers and studentsOnline GradingAccess documents
WHO BENEFITS FROMONLINE LEARNING? Gifted and Talented Students Parents (At-Home Connections) All Learners At Risk Students Students from different Socio-Economic backgrounds Students with disabilities English Learners Staff Members
INSTRUCTIONAL GAPS CLOSEDStudents can continue learning outside the classroom.Digital-Natives are being fostered in a 21st century learningenvironment.Parent’s can be more involved in their child’s schooling.Assignments are posted on the classroom website.Online Grades allow for no surprises at the end of the term.
NEW APPROACHES“Implementing online learningenvironments in K-12 school districtsrequires cultivating new approaches tohow we handle teaching, learning, andleading in schools” Guhlin, M., 2009.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR K-12 ONLINE LEARNING POLICY AND PRACTICE“Policy-makers and practitioners shouldcontinue to move forward in developing andimplementing K-12 distance educationprograms when those programs meetidentified needs and when they are designedand managed as carefully as traditionaleducation programs” Cavanaugh C., 2007, pg. 18.
RESOURCES Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The landscape of K–12 online learning. In R. Blomeyer, & C. Cavanaugh (Eds.), What works in K–12 online learning (pp. 5–19). Guhlin, M. (2009). Moodle-izing your education enterprise. EducationWorld.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http:// www.education-world.com/a_tech/columnists/guhlin/guhlin012.shtml.• Moodle. (n.d.). Moodle. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://moodle.org/.• RCampus. (2011). RCampus. Retrieved September 23, 2012, from http://www.rcampus.com/.