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A conversation about K-12 online learning in California. Will you get on the train ? What is your personal and professional plan for online learning?

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  • Train through Canadian Rockies with family as a student.Night train from France to Italy with students.
  • In the 2011 California study, over half of the respondents (56.2%) ranked concerns over course quality as a barrier to offering online and blended courses, compared with the 2007 national study (51.1%) and the 2009 national study (48.6%). Across all three studies, the barrier ranked second is course development and/or purchasing costs, 42.9%, 48.0% and 44.5% respectively. There was a 10% difference between the 2007 national study (18.1%) and the 2011 California study (28.1%) with regard to the barrier related to restrictive federal, state, or local laws or policies.
  • Darrow.shwirzke.fallcue.OnlineLearning

    1. 1. I Hear the Train a Comin’ Dr. Rob Darrow Dr. Kelly Schwirzke Fall CUE, Oct. 2011
    2. 2. Dr. Rob Darrow President, Online Learning Visions • rob@onlinelearningvisions.com • http://robdarrow.pbworks.com Dr. Kelly Schwirzke Coordinator Online Learning. Santa Cruz County Office of Education. • kschwirzke@santacruz.k12.ca.us • https://sites.google.com/site/scco ealted/
    3. 3. What are your train journeys?
    4. 4. What are your train stories?
    5. 5. Sacramento Train Station, c. 1850
    6. 6. What are your train stories?
    7. 7. What are you doing with online learning? How did you start? What models work for online learning?
    8. 8. What did you learn writing your dissertation? What are the implications of what you learned?
    9. 9. Year: 2008-2009 CST ELA Comparisons (Darrow, 2010) Percent Proficient and Above 64% 60% 57% 56% 48% 9th 46% 10th Online Charters Traditional Schools 11th
    10. 10. Year: 2007-2008 Dropout Percentages by Grade (Darrow, 2010) 59% 32% 29% 22% 4% 0.70% 9th 0.50% 10th Online Charters 0.70% 11th Traditional Schools 12th
    11. 11. • Need a uniform way to(Darrow, 2010) Recommendations count online school students • Innovation grants and research grants needed for online learning in California • Common standards for K-12 online learning should be adopted • Ongoing finance model for online schools needed in California; current school funding finance models don’t fit with online courses
    12. 12. Key Trends (Schwirzke, 2011) • Decision-makers are sometimes schoolbased but moving towards district-wide decisions • Key factors are cost, competition, and addressing gaps in opportunities • Gap between superintendent perceptions of the importance & need v. current implementation
    13. 13. Implications for California 2009 2011  Lack of state level leadership  CDE Online Learning projects  Lack of cohesive vision  CCSESA eLearning Framework  Lack of quality standards  iNAOCL/CLRN Quality Standards  Lack of funding model  CUE Leg Advocacy Committee  Restrictive UC Online Course Policy  Lack of teacher training  Lack of California actionable data.  UC a-g Advisory Board  Leading Edge Teacher Certification  Rob and Kelly 13
    14. 14. Defining Terms: Teaching and Learning • • • • • Textbook Enhanced Teaching Technology Enhanced Teaching (not online) Web/Online Enhanced Teaching Blended Teaching Online Teaching
    15. 15. Why does this matter? The goal is student achievement, but…if we don’t know what “it” looks like: – We can’t count it – We can’t study it (research) – We don’t know if it’s making a difference – We can’t teach it to others
    16. 16. What guides your ongoing learning about online learning?
    17. 17. What are the barriers that derail conversations and moving forward?
    18. 18. Transcontinental RR Barriers • Congress could not decide on a route – Some wanted southern, some northern • 1849 – Gold discovered in Ca. Silver in Nevada (but still Congress could not agree) – Nevada builds railroad and Ca builds to Sacramento • 1853 – Congress set up a committee – sent out 4 survey teams – Results shared: south wanted south, North wanted north • 1861 – South secedes (Civil War) • 1862 – Congress authorizes a Central Route to Ca – to bind California to the Union
    19. 19. 1 2 3 4 Proposed Railroad Routes, 1859 First State Online Schools, 1995
    20. 20. The Visionaries/Innovators
    21. 21. Key Barriers (Schwirzke, 2011) Barrier 2007 2009 2011 Restrictive federal, state, or local laws or policies 18.1 20.0 28.1 Limited technological infrastructure 15.1 23.8 43.8 The need for teacher training 36.3 37.5 39.7 Concerns about funding based on student attendance 39.9 43.8 41.1 Course development and/or purchasing costs 42.9 48.0 44.5
    22. 22. What guides your ongoing learning about online learning? • • • • • • • • iNACOL VSS conference Keeping Pace JOLT SLOAN surveys CUE conference eSchoolNews Colleagues
    23. 23. What guides your learning? • • • • • • • Reading Writing Blogs Google Plus Twitter Conferences Conversations
    24. 24. What is your path/plan? Individual, classroom, school, or district? • Implementation • Definitions • Legislation
    25. 25. Think in terms of 3-5 years from now (not just today). Think about what can be, not what is. This is a journey, not a destination.

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