REMC Online Learning Experiences
Through the collaborative efforts of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, the State Board of Education, and the State Legislature, landmark state graduation requirements are being implemented to give Michigan students the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st Century and drive Michigan’s economic success in the global economy.
One of the requirements is, beginning with the graduating class of 2011, that all high school students will have had a successful online learning experience. What is an online learning experience?
“A structured learning activity that utilizes technology with intranet/internet-based tools and resources as the delivery method for instruction, research, assessment, and communication.”
Research has shown that students are most successful in a teacher-led environment. Although a teacher-led course or experience is preferable, not all districts have this capacity, and district discretion will prevail.
It is encouraged that teachers will incorporate the Michigan Curriculum Framework, Standards for Teaching and Learning; higher order thinking, deep knowledge, substantive conversation, and connections to the world beyond the classroom, into the experience. It also places emphasis on the use of the global Internet, rather than a stand-alone software product.
Moodle Learning Management System
Moodle is being provided to REMC 12 East member schools as a Learning Management System . Educators use Moodle to support blended and online instruction, professional learning communities, and support groups. REMC provides Moodle servers, support, and training as no-cost benefit of REMC membership. Melinda Waffle, Educational Technology Consultant for Calhoun ISD/REMC 12 East, provides Moodle administrative support and educator training.
Please visit: http://onlinelearning.calhounisd.org to find links to all local Moodle servers, including those hosted on-site by member schools.
Helping Students Determine if They are Ready for Online Learning
We've been asked several times if there is a course that students can take that will tell if a student would be a successful online learner. We have a step in the right direction! How about a course that introduces students to what is online learning! It will cover what it might look like, the time needed to be successful, asks for some demonstration of a few technology skills and ends up with a self-assessment that indicates areas of potential need so that supports can be put in place before the first time a student logs in to an actual online course! Sound interesting? We at Calhoun ISD think so.
We have spent some time over the last several months developing this opportunity, thanks in part to Kellogg Community College sharing their similar solution with us. It's now ready to be put to the test. The course will take a student approximately 2-3 hours to complete. It's available in Moodle and will give the student and counselor a good indication of where the student stands in the world of online readiness.
The course guides students through three modules (5 lessons) that gives them an introduction to online learning, some background knowledge of the technology needed, and what it takes to be a successful online learner. The course culminates with a quiz that is a self-assessment for the students and shares results that can be compared to this rubric . If you are interested in previewing the course, please click HERE . Please create an account on our Demo Moodle site. Once created, choose the ‘Online Readiness Course'. Use the password Ready (please note the capital R) to enter the course.
We welcome all feedback so that we can make this an efficient and meaningful way to help students understand the level of organization and time management needed to be successful. Please send any feedback to Melinda Waffle .. We hope you find this course useful.