Über den Autor
Dr. Doug Barnard is recognized as being the founder of K-12 online programs in Arizona. The Arizona Republic newspaper has referred to him as the Dean of online programs in Arizona. Over thirty other Arizona school districts have signed agreements to use the K-12 online program developed by Dr. Barnard and his staff. Jennifer Echols is a program specialist for the Mesa Distance Learning Program, the largest district online program in the state of Arizona. Ms. Echols has experience with all facets of an online program, including the development of program structure and course content, coordination of services for partner districts, and development and delivery of professional development for program administrators and teaching staff.
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: The Current Online Environment Increasing enrollment in K-12 online programs Common myths about online learning Essential program components Challenges facing online programs The oversight of online programs The politics of online learning Chapter 2: Starting an Online Program Vision, mission, and core beliefs Identify the Defining Attributes Hire the Staff Awareness of critics Selection of technology/vendors Chapter 3: Curriculum Options for curriculum Standards-based curriculum Grade-level appropriate Chunked curriculum and frequent feedback Flexibility and accessibility Differentiating instruction for diverse learners Chapter 4: The Potential Impact of the Common Core The core of the Common Core High stakes tests The Common Core drives changes Alignment of Common Core standards in online programs Implications for lesson design in online programs Options for K-12 online programs The bottom line - increased cost Is the Common Core here to stay? Chapter 5: Academic Integrity What is academic integrity? Academic integrity builds credibility Shifting societal view of cheating The politics of cheating Leadership from the state How easy it is to cheat? Ensuring academic integrity Consequences for cheating Removing the incentive to cheat Chapter 6: Evaluating Online Teachers and Specialists Expectations for online teachers Feedback is important Can feedback change online teacher behavior? Evaluation of program specialists Chapter 7: Technology, Monitoring & Functions LMS options Monitoring expectations Other functions of the LMS Chapter 8: Future Trends & Issues Development and management of online courses Statewide policies Planning for school closures Appendix A
The growth of virtual online programs at the K-12 level is unparalleled in the history of education. This book discusses what constitutes a viable online program and how programs maintain rigorous courses, creditability, and high academic standards.