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The Virtual Academy

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Todd Pinsonneault

on 11 June 2012

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Transcript of The Virtual Academy

The Virtual Academy Types of Online Learning Traditional Blended Course materials are online
Teacher and students interact asynchronously
Students collaborate through LMS
Learning is self-guided by the student Summer Course
Preparation The New Model Synchronous
Asynchronous Next Steps Effectiveness of
Online Learning Research Some learning happens face-to face
Some learning happens online
Involves collaboration
May have real-time interaction
Mix of teacher-guided and student
Learning Management System Learning Management
System Online Content
Online assessment
Collaboration space - wiki, blog, forum, chat
Entry point for distance learners Combines traditional classroom teaching with
distance learning through two-way video
In-person students interact with distance learners
All course materials are online
All resources are available to both in-person
and distance learners
Distance learners have equal 'face-time' with teacher What We Know Online learning is typically more effective
than the traditional classroom
Blended courses are more effective
Collaboration is key
Effectiveness is tied to the teacher
Students need feedback
More Research is Needed Most of the existing research is from college
K-12 classes online is a newer idea
Very little research in K-12 setting
Most research is from asynchronous courses
No research combines in-person and online High Quality Learning flexibility, responsive teachers,
course design, assessment tools,
feedback, familiarity with tech What we can learn from this student learning outcomes
student satisfaction
teacher prep time
teacher satisfaction
cost per student
K-12 data The Teacher Students Top quintile teachers
Willing to try new techniques
Likes working with students
Content mastery
Tech savvy
Possible sources:
children's hospitals
home schooled
juvenile detention centers
other independent schools Technology Teacher Learning Management System
Classroom infrastructure
Online Resources
~40 hours to set up Course materials
-content, handouts, text
Learning tools
~100 Hours of prep
Grant writer
Identify the teacher and students
Research questions
Class time

Funding and
Fountations Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
E.E. Ford Foundation - 1:1 Match 9-12
Malone Family Foundation - Gifted
Institute for Education Sciences
Public Impact
Private Funding Online Learning It's Here Public Schools ~ 50%
already have online learning Online Charter Schools Private Schools
Home School
K-12 inc.
Online School for Girls
Stanford EPGY Online School
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