Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

The Los Angeles Unified School District is back in the news for its use of technology, this time for its online credit-recovery courses. In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online.

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OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Even before the global pandemic pushed many colleges and universities to teach students remotely, online learning had become an increasingly important part of higher education. Yet, as this spring’s pivot to online learning showed us, equity remains a significant challenge.

How Online Learning Research Can Improve Remote Instruction

Edsurge

Looking for an easy way to become a better online instructor? At a time when millions of educators have been thrown into remote learning with no formal training, any answer to that question might seem too good to be true. But for now, some experts say to start simple: Take a short online course, for example, to see what students experience. There's not a lot of research on very young children and online learning,” Rice says. “So,

Lessons and leadership during the switch to online learning

eSchool News

Two months after the COVID-19 crisis forced educators across the United States to leave their classrooms and start teaching online, the scope of the changes and challenges has now become clear, and educational leaders have started to identify what’s working and what still needs improvement. Related content: How equity strategies improve student outcomes.

K-12 Class Sizes Have Ballooned With Online Learning. It’s Not a Good Thing.

Edsurge

When leaders at Megan Claffey’s Colorado district decided to give parents a choice between online and hybrid learning, they didn’t expect many to choose the all-online option. So the day before teachers were called back, I got a call from my principal asking me to go online.”

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

The Christensen Institute

Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. The place-based aspect of the partnership is what is so interesting, as it points to what will happen next with the disruptive innovation of online learning, namely how it will improve. Improving online learning.

Managing the teacher’s workload during online learning.

Linways Technologies

But still, there are miles to go when it comes to fully adapt to online learning. More often than not, the quick online transition left little room for critical analysis and side-by-side comparison of the digital tools used for online learning.

What Students Are Doing Is Remote Learning, Not Online Learning. There’s a Difference.

Edsurge

Having worked at the intersection of education and technology for over 20 years, I never would have predicted that the first excitement at home over learning online would be the result of a teacher yelling at my 5th grader to stop using Zoom’s virtual background function to turn his shirt into a forest fire. Around the world, some are even producing the kind of learning moments, with focus and insights, that you’d see in sizzle reels for super expensive elite schools.

To balance innovation with protecting students, focus on outcomes

The Christensen Institute

Online education holds tremendous promise: it has the potential to lower costs, enhance learning outcomes, and make college accessible for students who lack the flexibility or means to attend a traditional program. As a nation, our goal should be to improve and scale the highest quality online programs, thereby reducing costs for students, and making the most of the over $500 billion we collectively spend on higher education each year.

Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic

Edsurge

Dear Bonni, In the midst of this current COVID situation, I'm looking to up my game … as an educator … especially in the online environment. Tim Carson, Skilled Trades and OER Advocate First, allow me to tell you why I don’t typically read books about online learning. I haven’t read many books that are focused strictly on online teaching. Books specifically about online teaching, despite having some appeal to me, generally wind up lower on my ‘to-be-read’ book stack.

Is Online Learning The Answer For The Coronavirus Closed Schools?

My Island View

With the rapid spread of the Corona Virus, there has been a clarion call for schools to close and immediately shift to online learning in the interest of health and safety. Online learning will do all of this, and kids won’t miss a bea t in their education. Is the infrastructure in place for online learning? Do the teachers have lessons prepared specifically for “Online Learning”? Learning is not a passive exercise online.

Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Edsurge

Online to the Rescue As an online dean, over two decades my philosophical position was that there should be no difference between virtual and face-to-face education. To avoid establishing an academic class system, with online the bargain-basement poor cousin of the superior designer model on campus, colleges must set the same price, too. In my new book, Going Online , I argued: “By and large, colleges and universities charge the same tuition on campus and online.

9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

eSchool News

Evergreen Education Group details academic outcomes of nine different programs using Fuel Education. Successful online and blended learning programs in a recent survey are those that prioritized better teacher-student relationships, used an online curriculum as a primary instructional source, and used a combination of in-person and virtual instructional support. Best Practices Blended Learning Digital Learning and Tools News Research

New partnership supports online learning for special education students

eSchool News

Across the country, schools and districts are leveraging digital learning to overcome staffing and resource challenges to improve outcomes and to address the many needs of their K-12 students—whether to expand course options, to provide assistance to those who need additional help, or to provide an alternative learning environment. News Online Learning Special Education Top News

Teachers: Online learning goes 2.0 with new technology

eSchool News

Video tutorials in the style made famous by Sal Khan of the Khan Academy changed the face of education, empowering anywhere, anytime learning. A Giant Leap Forward to More “Human” Online Learning. All are available online. Luckily, we have been building an organization-wide online learning environment for over five years and filming tutorials by teachers in some form was always on the agenda. Next page: LightBoard implementation and Outcomes).

How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

Edsurge

all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. While teachers still provide some instruction, students also get to take classes online, and they have the option of moving through the coursework at a faster pace than traditional school schedules allow. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson.

Majority of schools in Ohio report using blended learning

The Christensen Institute

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. Since we made the prediction in Disrupting Class that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses would be online in some form or fashion—the vast majority in blended learning —good data has been hard to come by. Finally, the survey shed light on how schools are navigating the challenges associated with starting new blended-learning programs.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

As online, competency-based learning gains steam in higher education, a critical question is emerging. Whenever a disruptive innovation emerges—and online, competency-based learning deployed in the right business model is a disruptive innovation—it doesn’t look as good as existing services according to the old metrics of performance. For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs.

Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Instead, personalized learning echoes calls for models that serve every student at all levels in each classroom. Blended learning presents one powerful new delivery model to help educators reach this goal.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

Edsurge

But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. Yet like any confessional, Brown also offered ways to repent from what he called “the seven deadly sins of online learning.” There are too many generalizations—online and blended learning isn't a single entity.

The current state of online learning: the Babson report

Bryan Alexander

What’s the current state of online learning? A new report from Babson, Pearson, the Online Learning Consortium et al, Grade Level ( pdf ), offers some intriguing observations about campus strategy and leadership. One is that a huge gap yawns open between chief academic officers (academic deans, provosts, vice presidents) and their faculty on digital learning. The deans are pushing hard for online learning, generally, while professors are not.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD. Online, competency-based learning reverses the traditional relationship in education between time and student learning. In the traditional educational model, time is fixed while each student’s learning is variable. Centrality of competencies, learning outcomes, and assessments.

For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success

Edsurge

But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions are increasingly using to boost numbers: online learning. That’s the case in Tennessee—one of the first states to introduce a free college program, called Tennessee Promise—where advisors at some campuses steer students participating in the program away from online courses. It's the same for any distance learning.”

Research Finds Online Service Providers Boost Program Enrollment

Wisewire

Universities that contract with an online program management company tend to outperform those that go it on their own. OPM providers may offer end-to-end services for online programs, including marketing, recruitment, course design, enrollment and retention ; examples include Pearson Embanet, 2U and Academic Partnerships. Traditionally, the report noted, OPM companies have signed long-term contracts with schools, incorporating investments in new online programs.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. It’s too soon to know how well the free pilot program mixing online and in-person learning will work, but one thing is clear: Without it, said Holmes County Superintendent Angel Meeks, AP physics in this rural Mississippi district “would not exist.”. Some of the more time intensive virtual programs have shown poor outcomes.

Distance learning: Let’s not reinvent the wheel

The Christensen Institute

Before the pandemic began, approximately 375,000 of America’s 56 million K–12 students already attended school online full-time. The schools serving these students have years of experience with distance learning—decades in some cases. But when it comes to the core elements of instruction, “social distancing” and “shelter in place” have meant more or less business as usual for online schools. So what can brick-and-mortar schools learn from them?

Programmatic Best Practices for Healthy Academic Programs

Wisewire

Learning House’s most recent survey of online students (2017) notes that 52% of respondents reviewed programs at three or more institutions before making their decision. Competition is, therefore, becoming a much more relevant concern for institutions offering online degrees. Ensuring the program is well aligned with other on-ground and online programs and fits well within the institutional model. Learning. How current are our program learning outcomes?

How should traditional universities deliver wholly online learning?

Mark Smithers

I’ve worked with several traditional higher education institutions over the last few years that have been in the process of developing a capability for delivering wholly online course delivery. I see three broad approaches to design, development and delivery of wholly online courses. This involves creating a distinct grouping within the HEI that is normally tied to the teaching and learning governance function. Courses are designed and developed by the learning designer.

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Closing the gap between online and classroom student outcomes

IT Bill

Offering online programming is a great way to provide access to higher education but closing the gap between online and classroom student outcomes is an ongoing challenge. Efforts on bridging the gap have mostly centered around learner characteristics: GPA / SAT scores, whether students have previous experience with online learning, their capacity for self-regulated learning (self-efficacy, time management, organizational skills), etc.

Improving Student Outcomes with Virtual Learning

District Administration

Keys to using virtual and online resources to provide new opportunities for learning District Administration Custom Publishing Group District Administration, December 2015 Virtual learning can offer a variety of benefits to districts as well as students.

Online Learning Consortium 2014 – How We Discuss the Future of Higher Education

Improving Education Environments

I presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s Annual Conference today about MOOCs as a phenomenon, specifically my Delphi research done in partial fulfillment of my Ed.D. What is most interesting to me from the first day of #aln14, however, is how my research plays into the emerging discussion of online learning as happening at this year’s conference. Discussions of data analytics as inherent to online learning were prevalent as well.

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Using Blended and Online Learning to Drive Academic Growth

District Administration

Key considerations for using this learning model effectively District Administration Custom Publishing Group Online and blended learning continue to grow in use as instructional models while redefining the education landscape, creating better academic outcomes by providing students with the personalized attention, support and resources they need, while enabling teachers to spend more time differentiating instruction.

‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

The Hechinger Report

About 76,000 black students learn in schools where they account for 90 percent or more of the enrollment. Almost 76,000 black students account for 90 percent or more of the enrollment in more than a fifth of the state’s schools, and the gulf in academic outcomes is indisputable. Related : Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids? She’s thinking about finishing her college degree online.