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Michael	
  K.	
  Barbour	
  
Sacred	
  Heart	
  University	
  
Evalua&on	
  and	
  approval	
  constructs	
  
for	
  onlin...
•  Growth	
  in	
  K-­‐12	
  online	
  &	
  blended	
  learning	
  programs	
  
&	
  enrollments,	
  in	
  MI	
  &	
  U.S....
•  MVU	
  tasked	
  to	
  develop	
  COLRI	
  (PA	
  201,	
  2012)	
  
•  Provide	
  Leadership	
  for	
  MI	
  online	
  ...
•  Purpose:	
  To	
  examine	
  exis&ng	
  policies	
  and	
  prac&ces	
  
related	
  to	
  the	
  evalua&on	
  and	
  app...
Six	
  Dimensions	
  of	
  Considera&on	
  
Evalua7on	
  &	
  Approval:	
  
Level	
  
Provider	
  /	
  Course	
  	
  
Eval...
•  RQ1:	
  How	
  do	
  states	
  evaluate	
  the	
  quality	
  of	
  online	
  
learning	
  courses?	
  	
  
•  States	
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•  RQ2:	
  How	
  do	
  states	
  ini&ally	
  evaluate	
  the	
  quality	
  of	
  
online	
  learning	
  programs?	
  	
  ...
•  RQ3:	
  How	
  do	
  states	
  ensure	
  the	
  quality	
  of	
  online	
  
learning	
  programs	
  on	
  an	
  on-­‐go...
•  Con&nue	
  input-­‐focused	
  evalua&on	
  and	
  approval	
  
processes	
  for	
  F-­‐T	
  online	
  schools	
  
– See...
•  Define	
  blended	
  schools	
  with	
  a	
  significant	
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learning	
  component,	
  and	
  track	
  their	
 ...
•  Consider	
  adop&ng	
  an	
  intensive	
  state	
  review	
  
process	
  for	
  F-­‐T	
  online	
  schools	
  
– AEer	
...
•  Adopt	
  a	
  student	
  growth	
  model	
  for	
  K-­‐12	
  student	
  
performance	
  data	
  analysis	
  
– Provide	...
Sample	
  
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•  Collaborate	
  ac&vely	
  with	
  educa&onal	
  researchers	
  
to	
  help	
  build	
  the	
  evidence	
  base	
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...
•  Adopt	
  processes	
  across	
  states	
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third	
  party	
  external	
  valida&on	
  of	
  ...
Your	
  
Ques&ons	
  
and	
  
Comments	
  
Session Evaluations Contest
•  Open OLC Conferences Mobile App
•  Navigate to session to evaluate
•  Click on "Rate this S...
Director	
  of	
  Doctoral	
  Studies	
  
Sacred	
  Heart	
  University	
  
	
  
mkbarbour@gmail.com	
  
hkp://www.michael...
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OLC 2015 Workshop - Get Involved in K-12 Online Learning Research: Evaluation and Approval Constructs for Online and Blended Courses and Providers

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Kennedy, K., Freidhoff, J., DeBruler, K., Stimson, R., Bruno, J., Borup, J., & Barbour, M. K. (2015, October). Get involved in K-12 online learning research. A workshop presentation at the 21st annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Orlando, FL.

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OLC 2015 Workshop - Get Involved in K-12 Online Learning Research: Evaluation and Approval Constructs for Online and Blended Courses and Providers

  1. 1. Michael  K.  Barbour   Sacred  Heart  University   Evalua&on  and  approval  constructs   for  online  and  blended  courses  and   providers  
  2. 2. •  Growth  in  K-­‐12  online  &  blended  learning  programs   &  enrollments,  in  MI  &  U.S.   •  MI  Legislature  liEs  ban  on  cyber  charters  (PA  227,   2010)   •  Removes  restricMons,  creates  pro-­‐growth  policies   (PA  129,  2012)   •  Growth  is  outpacing  research  on  quality  in  K-­‐12  OLL   Overview  
  3. 3. •  MVU  tasked  to  develop  COLRI  (PA  201,  2012)   •  Provide  Leadership  for  MI  online  &  blended  learning   •  Key  COLRI  task:  research,  develop,  and  recommend   annually  to  the  department  criteria  by  which  cyber   schools  and  online  course  providers  should  be   monitored  and  evaluated  to  ensure  a  quality   educa7on  for  their  pupils  (p.44).     Overview  
  4. 4. •  Purpose:  To  examine  exis&ng  policies  and  prac&ces   related  to  the  evalua&on  and  approval  of  K-­‐12   online  learning  in  the  U.S.   – RQ1:  How  do  states  evaluate  the  quality  of  online   learning  courses?     – RQ2:  How  do  states  iniMally  evaluate  the  quality  of   online  learning  programs?     – RQ3:  How  do  states  ensure  the  quality  of  online   learning  programs  on  an  on-­‐going  basis?     Methodology  
  5. 5. Six  Dimensions  of  Considera&on   Evalua7on  &  Approval:   Level   Provider  /  Course     Evalua7on  &  Approval:   Timeframe   Front-­‐End/Ongoing   Approval  Requirement   OpMonal  /  Required   Geographic  Reach   MulM-­‐Dist  /  Single  Dist   Modes  of  Instruc7on   Fully  Online  /  Blended   Instruc7on   Full-­‐Mme  /  Supplemental  
  6. 6. •  RQ1:  How  do  states  evaluate  the  quality  of  online   learning  courses?     •  States  typically  focus  either  at  course  or  provider   level   •  Some  do  both  (GA,  for  example)   •  11  states  evaluate  course  quality   •  MD’s  MVLO  and  CA’s  CLRN:  good  prescripMve  &   opMonal  review  examples   Findings  
  7. 7. •  RQ2:  How  do  states  ini&ally  evaluate  the  quality  of   online  learning  programs?     •  24  states  require  iniMal  approval  of  F-­‐T  providers;   approval  process  ranges  from  simple  to  complex   •  33  states  require  iniMal  approval  of  F-­‐T  programs   (usually  as  charters)   •  Example:  GA   Findings  
  8. 8. •  RQ3:  How  do  states  ensure  the  quality  of  online   learning  programs  on  an  on-­‐going  basis?     •  All  states  that  permit  F-­‐T  online  public  schools   require  them  to  report  like  other  public  schools   •  At  least  5  states  require  ongoing  addiMonal   reporMng  or  audits,  beyond  standard  reporMng   •  Examples:  AZ,  MI   •  One  state  (CO)  recently  removed  ongoing   evaluaMon,  now  only  has  iniMal  approval   Findings  
  9. 9. •  Con&nue  input-­‐focused  evalua&on  and  approval   processes  for  F-­‐T  online  schools   – Seek  to  ensure  they  meet  basic  quality  standards   during  development  &  startup   – Consider  eliminaMon  of  input  processes  not   supported  by  research  or  evidence  of  student   impact   Recommenda&ons  
  10. 10. •  Define  blended  schools  with  a  significant  online   learning  component,  and  track  their  results   – For  example,  define  blended  as  30%-­‐80%  of   instrucMonal  Mme  online   – Track  results  separately  from  F-­‐T  online  (over   80%)   – Track  separately  from  supplemental  use  in   tradiMonal  schools  (under  30%  online)     Recommenda&ons  
  11. 11. •  Consider  adop&ng  an  intensive  state  review   process  for  F-­‐T  online  schools   – AEer  two  years  of  operaMon  or  on  a  periodic  basis   as  funding  permits   – BC:  good  external  audit  model   – WA:  good  P-­‐T  vs  F-­‐T  differenMal  review  model   Recommenda&ons  
  12. 12. •  Adopt  a  student  growth  model  for  K-­‐12  student   performance  data  analysis   – Provide  public  online  access  to  comparaMve   analyses  of  data   – Facilitate  comparison  of  F-­‐T  online,  blended,  and   tradiMonal  school  results   Recommenda&ons  
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  16. 16. •  Collaborate  ac&vely  with  educa&onal  researchers   to  help  build  the  evidence  base  for  what  works  in   K-­‐12  online  and  blended  learning   Recommenda&ons  
  17. 17. •  Adopt  processes  across  states  for  evidence-­‐based   third  party  external  valida&on  of  K-­‐12  online   courses  and  program  quality   – Work  in  collaboraMon  with  professional   associaMons,  associaMons  of  states,  online   learning  providers,  and  post-­‐secondary   insMtuMons   Recommenda&ons  
  18. 18. Your   Ques&ons   and   Comments  
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  20. 20. Director  of  Doctoral  Studies   Sacred  Heart  University     mkbarbour@gmail.com   hkp://www.michaelbarbour.com   hkp://virtualschooling.wordpress.com  

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