Why Online Learning Matters: A National and International Perspective on the Future of Online and Blended Learning

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<ul><li>1.Why Online Learning Matters: ANational and International Perspective on the Future of Online and Blended LearningDr. Allison PowellVice President, State and District Serviceswww.inacol.org</li></ul> <p>2. International Association for K- 12 Online Learning (iNACOL) iNACOL is the premier K-12 nonprofit in online learning 4300+ members in K-12 virtual schools and onlinelearning representing over 50 countries Provides leadership, advocacy, research, training, andnetworking with experts in K-12 online learning. Ensure every student has access to the best educationavailable regardless of geography, income orbackground. Conference Virtual School Symposium (VSS): NewOrleans, LA on October 21-24, 2012 3. Disrupting ClassChristensen suggests that by 2019 about half ofall high school courses will be online. 4. www.inacol.orgSource: Susan Patrick, iNACOL 5. Providing Opportunities to All Students Traditional Public/Private Accelerated Credit Recovery Students Medically Fragile Need to work and/or support family Rural Students Special Education andAspiring athletes andHome SchoolersELL performers 6. www.inacol.org 7. Online Learning in the United States States with online learning policies: 50 State virtual schools or statewide initiatives for online learning: 40 States with full-time online learning programs: 30 + D.C. (250,000students) 50% of employers use e-learning for training 1 in 4 undergraduate and graduate student enrolls in an online course inhigher education; 5.9 million college students take online courses. 82% of school districts had one or more students in a fully-online orblended course More universities are offering K-12 courses online MIT open courseware for K-12 students Stanford, Northwestern programs for gifted K-12 online learning enrollments growing 30% annually (50,000 in 2000; 2million enrollments in 2008-2009; 2.5 million in 2011).Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, Evergreen Education Group, www.kpk12.com 8. BigTrendstowatch: District programs new learning models using onlineand blended learning within single districts Blended learning &amp; Continuity of Learning Policy revision - 16 states pass online learning laws 7 States require online learning as HS graduation Competency-based (Utah, New Hampshire, FLVS) Instructional materials and open access - with commoncore (44 states), districts and states developing materialsfor PD, content and learning materials are movingtoward open policies for content created with taxpayerdollars so it can be shared across schools 9. State Online Learning Trends &amp; Examples Michigan,Alabama,Florida,Georgia,Idaho, Virginia,andWestVirginia: Online learning HS graduation requirement Florida Funded through performance-budgeting system Utah Funding follows student down to course level Montana:newstatevirtualschool Managed by the University of Montanas College of Education 10. State Online Learning Trends &amp; Examples California,Texas,Virginia,Washington,Kentucky Course quality review all online courses against iNACOL online course standards VirtualCharterSchools Florida (blended too), Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey MoreDistricts A shift to districts starting their own online programs 11. Key District Trends Small % of districts offeringcomprehensive online optionslikely nomore than 10%but number isincreasing fast Decision-makers are sometimes school-based but moving towards district-widedecisions Key factors are cost, competition, andaddressing gaps in opportunities 12. www.inacol.org 13. International Perspectivewww.inacol.org 14. WorldFutureSocietyTop 10 breakthroughs transforming life over the next 20-30 yearsBest forecast data ever assembled1.Alternative energy2.Desalination of water3.Precision farming4.Biometrics5.Quantum computers6.Entertainment on demand7.Global access8.Virtual education or distancelearning9. Nanotechnology10. Smart Robots 15. Survey Findings Almost 60 percent of the surveyed countries reportedgovernment funding for blended or online programs at theprimary and secondary levels. Chinas first online school was created in 1996; today it hasexpanded to more than 200 online schools with enrollmentsexceeding 600,000 students. Seventy-two percent of the surveyed countries reported thattheir online and blended classroom teachers participated inprofessional development for online teaching. Universities and colleges were reported as the primary sourceof training for educators, followed by regional centers andlocal schools. 16. Survey Findings In British Columbia, online schools provide completeprograms or individual courses to 71,000 students, which isabout 12% of the student population. In 2010, Hong Kong enacted a policy recommendation fordigital learning that de-bundled textbooks and teachingmaterials to make them more affordable and accessible toschools, and accelerated the development of an onlinedepository of curriculum-based learning and teachingresources. A pilot scheme later resulted in a program madeavailable to all 410,000 primary and secondary students in300,000 low-income familiesespecially the 8 percentwithout Internet access at hometo gain access to theInternet for the purpose of learning. 17. Mexico K-12 Digital Content, Laptop for Every Teacher, Pre-service methods using engaging digital content, newstrategies 18. iNACOL Canada StudyAll 13 Provinces and Territories offer K-12 online learning 19. eLearning Ontario Ontario Ministry of Education - eLearning Ontario Provides LMS for all 72 districts Funds and oversees the development of eLearning courses Online content uploaded into the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) which all Ontario teachers, students and parents can access Solutions for credit recovery, differentiated instruction and as a study tool for students Online courses at day schools funded at the same level as face-2- face day school courses The eLearning Ontario website is http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/elearning 20. Australia Pioneer in distance education, mainly servicing isolatedrural schools and families Curriculum breadth and opportunities for students inrural and small schools still limited Online provision available in each state served viaBlackboard, Moodle etc. Nationally, much is first generation online content flattext, limited interactivity and use of Web 2.0 capacity Federal funded national rollout of 1:1 computing acrossyears 9-12 by end of 2011 21. New Zealand Professional Development ICT PD Teacher Laptop Program National Broadband Initiative Virtual Learning Network 22. European Union EU: EU E-Learning Action Plan IB Diploma ProgrammeOnline (125 countries) New Line Learning Schools UK: E-Learning Exports - 29 billion poundsannually; deal with China Education as an export 23. Turkey, the Middle East&amp; Arab Spring Turkey: online courses Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States 24. SizeIndia 1 billion+, 70% rural population Need 200,000 more schools Internet Accessibility 2007-08 - 42 million users (3.7%) Online Learning Universal access for K-12 in 10 yrs Shortage of good teachers Leverage teachers using technology to bring to scale Educomp digitizing learning resources for K-12 Education 25. HongKong Blended learning for Continuity of Learning 26. South Korea SouthKorea National Virtual School Switch to digital content from textbooks 27. China China: 1.3 billion people Digitized K-12 curriculum Training Master Teachers to teach online With online learning: increase educational opportunities to 100 million new students 28. The Futurist: Education 2011China may be the first country tosucceed in educating most of itspopulation through the Internet. From 2003-2007, China spent about $1billion to implement online learningprojects in the rural country-side. 29. Singapore Singapore: 100% of Secondary schools useonline learning All teachers trained to teach online Blended Learning Environments E-Learning Weeks 30. Trends in Education: NextGeneration Models of Online and BlendedLearningwww.inacol.org 31. Blended learning A formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of instruction and content, with some element of student control over time, place, path and/or pace and at least in part in a supervised brick-and- mortar location away from home. 32. Tech-rich = blended 33. Emerging models of blended learning Rotation Flex Self-Blend Enriched Virtual Station rotationOnline platform with Students attend Students learn Lab rotationF2F support andphysical school &amp; sometimes at a Flipped Classroom fluid schedulestake 1 or morephysical school, other Individual rotationcourses onlinetimes remotely 34. Competency-basedlearning(definition)1. Students advance upon mastery.2. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.3. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.4. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.5. Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions. 35. National Standards for Quality Online Programs, Online Teaching &amp; Online Courses 36. Online Learning Research #1OnlineLearningExpandsOptions The first impetus to the growth of K-12 distanceeducation was an interest in expandingeducational options and providing equalopportunities for all learners. (NCREL 2005) #2OnlineLearningIsRapidlyGrowing Recent Surveys show that K-12 online learning isa rapidly growing phenomenon. Growing 30% annually 50,000 enrollments in 2000 Over 2,000,000 enrollments in 2010 37. Online Learning Research #3IsEffective:Better U.S. Department of Education Report of Online Learning Better than Face-to-Face (USED 2009) #4ImprovesTeaching Teachers who teach online reported positive improvements in face-to-face, too. Of those who reported teaching face-to-face while teaching online or subsequently, three in four reported a positive impact on their face-to-face teaching. 38. Project Tomorrow Survey (2009) Benefits of taking a class online? According to students: 51% said it allows them to work at their own pace 49% to earn college credit 44% said it allows them to take a class not offered on campus 35% said it was to get extra help 19% said they took online courses to get more attention from teachers 39. How well is our current K-12 system functioning? Depends on who you ask 40. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LyuLJSByvI 41. How Students Learn 42. Questions Dr. Allison Powellapowell@inacol.org http://www.inacol.orghttp://onlineprogramhowto.org </p>

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