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State Oversight of Online Learning Programs. Leslie St. Pierre Manager of Online Providers Digital Learning Department, WA OSPI. Objectives. Overview of the State oversight process of online providers Best practices in designing your own online program. Definitions.

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State oversight of online learning programs

State Oversight of Online Learning Programs

Leslie St. Pierre

Manager of Online Providers

Digital Learning Department, WA OSPI


Objectives
Objectives

  • Overview of the State oversight process of online providers

  • Best practices in designing your own online program


Definitions
Definitions

  • Only entities meeting our definitions, whose offerings meet the “online course” definition are subject to approval.

    • “online-ness”

    • One of three Online categories: Course Provider, School Program, School Program Provider

    • Multi-district – serve your own, or serve the state


Fiscal responsibility
Fiscal responsibility

  • Approval is required if the district is claiming state basic education funding

    • Local district (individual online courses)

    • Serving district (online school programs)

    • ALE, too


Process
Process

  • Accreditation

  • Application

  • Assurances

  • Evidence supporting the criteria

  • Reviews

    • Provider reviews, not course-by-course reviews


Ongoing quality assurance
Ongoing Quality Assurance

  • Requirements for maintaining approved status

  • Feedback system

  • Monitoring and Rescindment


Designing your own
Designing your own

Rules still apply!

RCW 28A.250.050(3):

When developing local or regional online learning programs, school districts shall incorporate into the program design the approval criteria developed by the superintendent of public instruction under RCW 28A.250.020.


Designing your own best practices
Designing your own: Best Practices

  • Assurances pertinent to local-only online school programs:

    • High school credit

    • Credit/content requirements (ie, WA State History, sex health ed.)

    • Advanced Placement

    • Career and Technical Education


Best practices
Best Practices:

  • Approval criteria

    • 9 categories

    • 54 items

    • Source: iNACOL “promising practices” series, other states with approval requirements, DLC provider reviews


A course content and instructional design
A. Course Content and Instructional Design

  • 15 items focusing on “the meat” of the program

  • Course goals and outcomes

  • Course materials and organization

  • Student engagement


A course content and instructional design1
A. Course Content and Instructional Design

  • What is the experience of the online student?

  • What is the content of the course?

  • How (well) is the course organized and used by the student?

  • Would the student know what to expect? Are courses appropriate to academic requirements?