Maintaining Quality in Online Learning
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Monday, November 30, 12:15–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
How is quality maintained in online learning? Join Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy's Instructional Program director, as he demonstrates MTDA's recruitment and onboarding process for online teachers, supervision and evaluation process, and surveying and feedback strategies with all online learning stakeholders to ensure quality for student learners.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Distance, online & blended learning|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||Session recorded for video-on-demand|
How do you build a statewide supplemental online learning program in a state where online learning is brand new? That was the challenge when the Montana Digital Academy was created by the state legislature in 2009. 10 years later, MTDA serves thousands of Montana students in one to two online courses with an average passage rate of 86% and student satisfaction rate of 90% over the past 5 years. These numbers are due, in part, to having a comprehensive onboarding process with ongoing supervision and evaluation. Additionally, we layer in opportunities for students to add their voice to assess their learning and the learning process. This presentation focuses on the research based process of identifying, training, supporting and evaluating online teachers while also giving students opportunities to inform the instructional program.
7 min: Setting the Stage: Introduction of myself and how MTDA exists and a few interactive polls (polleverywhere.com) to gauge who is in the room.
15 min: Onboarding online teachers: Presentation participants will be asked to sort between onboarding strategies that are necessary for face to face vs. online and what strategies are common between both ways of teaching. I will compare and contrast the difference in onboarding online vs. face to face teachers and discuss the critical conversations to front-load during the hiring process.
15 min: Supervision and evaluation: Presentation participants will be asked to rank teaching characteristics in importance in online vs face to face teaching. This will set the stage for discussing how supervision and evaluation differ in online learning and then I will demonstrate how MTDA utilizes our VGOT framework (mtda.link/vgot) to guide how our administration supports teachers and how our teachers support student learning.
10 min: Importance of student voice: The final section of the presentation will focus on how MTDA adapted the work from the Colorado Education Initiative around Student Perception Survey's to inform course design, teacher PD, and further learning opportunities for students. I will share our adapted student perception survey for online course with participants as well as tangible examples of how student voice benefited our program overall.
3 min: Closing summary with enrollment and passage rate statistics from our program.
Mike is currently the Instructional Program Director for the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's state virtual school. Teaching elementary and middle school, technology directing, grant writing, presenting, and now directing instruction at a virtual school has given Mike a wide range of experiences in the educational field. Being able to teach and lead technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. Mike has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation, ISTE “Making IT Happen” recipient, and co-recipient of the BlackBoard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning .