Advisory council meeting July 5, 2011
Program updates • PED Reorg • Budget & Staffing • Virtual School • Enrollment • Course Development • Blackboard • External Evaluation • Q & A
Budget & Staffing • Legislative Allocation • 500K—PED Operational Budget • 500K—HED used for the LMS contract • Approved Staffing • Executive Director (filled) • Academic Services Director (ARRA extension/will post in August) • Student Services Coordinator (ARRA extension/will post in August) • Business Operations Specialist (contractor/will post in August) • eLearning Technology Specialist (ARRA extension/will post in August) • Additional Staffing (requested not approved yet) • eLearning Technology Specialist • Student Services Coordinator
Virtual school—course development • All Courses • Fine Arts/Electives=12 • Math=10 • Social Studies=5 • Middle School=9 • Science=10 • Health=1 • Language Arts=6 • Foreign Languages=5 • Advanced Placement=9 Total= 67 courses Most popular courses: Spanish 1-2, NM History, Algebra 1, English 3 & 4, Geometry, Economics & Driver’s Education • New Courses • Introduction to Business (dual credit) • Financial Literacy Math • Grade 6 Language Arts • Grade 8 Science • Grace 6 Math • Grace 7 Math • Grade 7 Social Studies • AP Psychology • AP Literature & Composition • AP Spanish • AP French
blackboard • Contract was renewed for another year • HED organizing a task force to explore LMS solutions moving forward • 40 districts and 12 charter schools are using the LMS at the local level to develop online learning programs, integrate technology, and expand educational opportunities for students.
External Evaluation (Data) • Average pass rates for year 1 (87%) compared to year 2 (93%) to year 3 (89%) • Pass rates stabilizing for a very solid performance • Satisfaction responses—seeing increases • 96% (fall) and 97% (spring) of students say that the student success orientation provided the necessary technical information (logging in, navigating the course, downloading content, submitting assignments, communicating in Blackboard, engaging in discussion threads). • 90% (fall) and 91% (spring) of students responded that taking the online course was a good experience. • For the year, a 6% increase (83% and 89%) of students would recommend taking an IDEAL-NM course. • 100% of eTeachers want to continue with IDEAL-NM. • Administrators believe IDEAL-NM offers students another option to complete courses for graduation not available at their school.
External evaluation (processes) • IDEAL-NM processes matured due to continuous improvement system • eCoaches are providing excellent mentoring to eTeachers • Academic Watch, Observer Access, and student information worthwhile (good feedback in webinars and interviews) • Drop Surveys: hard data collected, provides support for student online orientation • Successful implementation of district portals
External evaluation (triangulation) • Data was consistent from multiple sources to allow analysis • Collaboration on data points by students, eTeachers, site coordinators, and school administrators • Pass rates high—students with correct skill set are successful • Experience was an asset (student, eTeacher, site coordinator) • Correct academic placement is necessary (surveys, webinars, interviews) • Buy-in student is critical (surveys, webinars, interviews) • Support from site coordinator/learning coach is critical • In-house eTeacher preparation program providing competent teachers and aligning with IDEAL-NM goals (survey, webinars, interviews) • Site coordinators who complete the online orientation were better prepared for responsibilities of being a site coordinator.
External evaluation (misc) • eTeacher webinars are providing valuable information and mentoring concerning new online teaching strategies especially for at-risk students. • IDEAL-NM web conferencing system is providing substantial opportunities for synchronous meetings and instruction • IDEAL-NM web portals have provided many schools and agencies with opportunities to develop their own online learning, training, and community networks. • 55.2% (fall) and 60.6% (spring) of eTeachers have taught four or more online courses before.
Q & A Next Meeting is Tuesday August 2, 2011