K-12 Online Learning (OLL) in Minnesota. Karen Johnson, MDE Counselors Forum District 287 9/20/06. Topics To Be Covered. Online Learning Definitions MS 124D.095 Online Learning Options Act Certification of Programs Success in Online Learning
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Karen Johnson, MDE Counselors Forum District 287 9/20/06
Online Learning Definitions
MS 124D.095 Online Learning Options Act
Certification of Programs
Success in Online Learning
Rights and Responsibilities
Enrollment and Student Services
an interactive course or program that
M.S. 124D.095 – Online Learning Options Act, Subd. 2(a)
Sloane Center for Online Education (SCOLE) 2005
OLL can occur
However, funding for summer instruction is limited to learning year programs.
23 approved programs for 2006-07 (53% increase from 2004-05)
CMS, tools, training,
vendor or build?
advising, testing, special education,
MS 125D.095 Subd. 7
(from remediation to enrichment)
Increase range of offerings (advancement or enrichment)
Create an individual plan - self paced learning
Scheduling needs (family or school)
Graduation date has passed
Drug or alcohol recovery
Social issues with school
Educational access for special students (e.g. homebound)
Family medical reasons
Online Learning Option Act provides guidance to four stakeholders of online learning
To participate in any approved OLL program
Enroll in 12 semester courses
Additional courses for a fee
Equal computer and software access at enrolling school.
Enrollment in different grade level courses.
30 day notification to enrolling district.
Complete the course(s)
Give up instructional time at enrolling district in proportion to OLL course enrolled, at the discretion of the enrolling districtOLL Student’s Rights & Responsibilities
Provide non-enrolled students with up to 12 semester courses, or the equivalent
May limit participation by resolution
Notify student and enrolling district of acceptance to OLL within 10 days.
Assist students whose family qualifies for the education tax credit to acquire computer hardware or software for OLL
Instruct no more than 40 students in an OLL course or program
Assist student with informing enrolling district of OLL participation & course completion
Request MARSS student numbers from prior schoolOLL Program’s Rights & Responsibilities
Reduce an OLL student’s enrolling district’s instruction in proportion to the OLL courses.
Challenge the validity of an OLL course.
Not prohibit a student from enrolling in OLL.
Award credit for completed coursework.
Allow students to participate in extracurricular activities.
Make available OLL information.Enrolling District’s Rights & Responsibilities
Part time enrollment
Over-enrollment (more than 1.0 ADM or summer enrollment)
There are no backseats in the OLL classroom!
Learner outcomes. What is the impact on achievement?
Learner characteristics. Can success be predicted?
Online learning features. What is the most effective combination of media and methods?
Online teaching and professional development. What are characteristics of successful OLL teachers?
Educational context. When is it best applied? (content area, school type, grade level).
K-12 OLL Synthesis of Research NCREL 2005
. . e-learning isn’t about digital technologies any more than classroom teaching is about chalkboards.
Blomeyer, R., Clark, T. & Smith, 2005, “A Synthesis of New Research On K-12 Online Learning”
Online Learning Specialist
Minnesota Department of Education
http://education.state.mn.usacademic excellence – school choice – online learning
Approved Online Learning Providers
Minnesota Map: Online Learning Providers
Online Rights and Responsibilities
Program Access Form (30 day notification)