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1 E-Learning 101: How to build and lead a successful online school Tom Luba Information Systems Program Administrator, LBL ESD Adjunct E-Learning Instructor, Portland State University

2 Agenda Introductions Reasons for attending this session E-learning defined National trends and stats The Oregon situation Creating e-learning success Wrap-up and QA

3 Why are you here? What is your school or district doing now? What is your school or district planning to do and why? What are your school or district s hopes and concerns? What do you hope to gain from this session?

4 E-learning Defined What is your definition of e-learning?

5 E-learning Defined E-learning is an approach to teaching and learning, representing all or part of the educational model applied, that is based on the use of electronic media and devices as tools for improving access to content, communication and interaction and that facilitates the adoption of new ways of understanding and developing learning. Sangrà, Albert, Dimitrios Vlachopoulos, and Nati Cabrera. "Building an Inclusive Definition of E-Learning: An Approach to the Conceptual Framework." The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 13.2 (2012): n. pag. Web. 1 Jan. <http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1161/2146>.

6 E-learning Defined Types of e-learning 100% online Hybrid Web-supported Flipped classroom Others???

7 E-learning Defined Types of content and curriculum Complete programs Connections Academy Insight Schools K12 Inc. Florida Virtual School

8 E-learning Defined Types of content and curriculum Content providers Odysseyware PLATO Apex Learning Discovery Education Khan Academy BYU and other IS programs

9 E-learning Defined Types of content and curriculum LMS/CMS Blackboard Moodle Desire to Learn Sakai Edmodo HotChalk

10 E-learning Defined Complete programs Advantages Quick startup Wrap-around support External accreditation R & D Disadvantages Expensive Limited flexibility Compliance issues Market forces

11 E-learning Defined

12 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions:

13 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students.

14 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students.

15 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students. E-learning will solve my alternative education problems.

16 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students. E-learning will solve my alternative education problems. E-learning technologies will improve teaching and learning.

17 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students. E-learning will solve my alternative education problems. E-learning technologies will improve teaching and learning. E-learning is less expensive than brick and mortar.

18 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students. E-learning will solve my alternative education problems. E-learning technologies will improve teaching and learning. E-learning is less expensive than brick and mortar. Online teachers can use the same strategies as classroom.

19 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students. E-learning will solve my alternative education problems. E-learning technologies will improve teaching and learning. E-learning is less expensive than brick and mortar. Online teachers can use the same strategies as classroom. "There's gold in them thar hills..."

20 E-learning Defined Typical e-learning assumptions: There are huge, untapped markets for students. If we don't create our own, we will lose students. E-learning will solve my alternative education problems. E-learning technologies will improve teaching and learning. E-learning is less expensive than brick and mortar. Online teachers can use the same strategies as classroom. "There's gold in them thar hills..." What are some of your beliefs or assumptions?

21 K-12 National Trends and Stats

22 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools

23 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools

24 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in

25 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in

26 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in Single and multi-district blended and online programs are largest and fastest-growing

27 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in Single and multi-district blended and online programs are largest and fastest-growing Top reasons are to offer more courses and credit recovery

28 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in Single and multi-district blended and online programs are largest and fastest-growing Top reasons are to offer more courses and credit recovery More than 68% of households used broadband Internet in 2010

29 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in Single and multi-district blended and online programs are largest and fastest-growing Top reasons are to offer more courses and credit recovery More than 68% of households used broadband Internet in % of households with an annual income of under $30K

30 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in Single and multi-district blended and online programs are largest and fastest-growing Top reasons are to offer more courses and credit recovery More than 68% of households used broadband Internet in % of households with an annual income of under $30K 72% 0 to 8-year olds have a computer at home

31 K-12 National Trends and Stats 21 states have state virtual schools 31 states have statewide, full-time online schools Estimated 1,816,400 course enrollments in Approximately 275,000 full-time students in Single and multi-district blended and online programs are largest and fastest-growing Top reasons are to offer more courses and credit recovery More than 68% of households used broadband Internet in % of households with an annual income of under $30K 72% 0 to 8-year olds have a computer at home 48% of lower income with computers have broadband access

32 The Oregon Situation

33 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception)

34 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs

35 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs Rules lifted opening door for districts to actively recruit students

36 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs Rules lifted opening door for districts to actively recruit students Online charter laws changed to be more flexible

37 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs Rules lifted opening door for districts to actively recruit students Online charter laws changed to be more flexible Districts begin to see ADM leaving

38 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs Rules lifted opening door for districts to actively recruit students Online charter laws changed to be more flexible Districts begin to see ADM leaving Districts begin to buy, build or farm out programs to reclaim ADM

39 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs Rules lifted opening door for districts to actively recruit students Online charter laws changed to be more flexible Districts begin to see ADM leaving Districts begin to buy, build or farm out programs to reclaim ADM Mixture of district-based programs sometimes not well-designed

40 The Oregon Situation 50% rule restricted district ability to actively recruit students (ORCA exception) State restrictions made it difficult to launch successful programs Rules lifted opening door for districts to actively recruit students Online charter laws changed to be more flexible Districts begin to see ADM leaving Districts begin to buy, build or farm out programs to reclaim ADM Mixture of district-based programs sometimes not well-designed Problems with achievement and graduation rates

41 Creating E-learning Success Identify need Conduct a needs assessment Include students, parents, teachers, school and district administrators, community groups Look at district data -- alt ed, dropout rates, homeschool, etc. Analyze data to determine if true need exists

42 Creating E-learning Success Articulate purpose Write and present a purpose statement. Describe what you hope to accomplish Sketch out a preliminary plan

43 Creating E-learning Success Conduct a SWOT analysis Internal strengths Internal weaknesses External opportunities External Threats

44 Creating E-learning Success Conduct a SWOT analysis Strengths outweigh weaknesses, opportunities outweigh threats supports a growth strategy. Strengths outweigh weaknesses, threats outweigh opportunities supports a maintenance strategy. Weaknesses outweigh strengths, opportunities outweigh threats supports a harvest strategy. Weaknesses outweigh strengths, threats outweigh opportunities supports a retrenchment strategy.

45 Creating E-learning Success Conduct a cost/benefit analysis Weigh costs and benefits to help determine a buy or build strategy

46 Creating E-learning Success Develop a program budget Be sure to include all current and potential costs Don t forget the cost of creating content, updating content, managing technology, professional development, etc.

47 Creating E-learning Success Create a project team Include administrators, teachers, curriculum, technology...

48 Creating E-learning Success Create a project plan Team writes the plan Include timelines, milestones and deliverables

49 Creating E-learning Success Nurture teacher participation Include teachers on team Conduct teacher focus groups Include teacher input in plan

50 Creating E-learning Success Create a staff development plan Make sure staff development is ongoing, not drive-by

51 Creating E-learning Success Establish evaluation mechanisms Use multiple program evaluation mechanisms State assessments Local assessments Student surveys Parent surveys Community surveys

52 Creating E-learning Success Lead innovation Talk about e-learning as an innovation and a way to better serve students

53 Creating E-learning Success

54 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need

55 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose

56 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis

57 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis

58 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget

59 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team

60 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team 7. Create a project plan

61 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team 7. Create a project plan 8. Nurture teacher participation

62 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team 7. Create a project plan 8. Nurture teacher participation 9. Create a staff development plan

63 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team 7. Create a project plan 8. Nurture teacher participation 9. Create a staff development plan 10. Establish evaluation mechanisms

64 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team 7. Create a project plan 8. Nurture teacher participation 9. Create a staff development plan 10. Establish evaluation mechanisms 11. Lead innovation

65 Creating E-learning Success 1. Identify need 2. Articulate purpose 3. Conduct a SWOT analysis 4. Conduct a cost/benefit analysis 5. Develop a program budget 6. Create a project team 7. Create a project plan 8. Nurture teacher participation 9. Create a staff development plan 10. Establish evaluation mechanisms 11. Lead innovation

66 Wrap up Q & A

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