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1 Professional Development Module
iNACOL International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Standards for Quality Online Teaching “Designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for online teaching” (iNacol 2011). Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

2 Professional Development Module Outline
This is a professional development self directed module encompassing audio, video, pdf, and hyperlinked content. Running time for 36 slides is approximately 45 minutes. Welcome iNACOL, International Association for K-12 Online Learning National standards for quality online teaching. Identification of Learning Goals Module Learning Outcomes Module Desired Outcomes Online Teaching Introduction iNACOL Standard F Overview Details Assessments Activities Resources Sources Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

3 Professional Development Module Outline
Welcome Who We Are (outside link) iNACOL, The International Association for K-12 Online Learning Non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association based in the Washington, DC area with over 3,800 members. Members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, corporate entities and other content & technology providers (iNACOL, 2012). Mission iNACOL strives to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success (iNACOL, 2012). Click to Hear an Audio File Using Assistive Technology Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

4 Professional Development Module Outline
Welcome This Professional Development Module Focuses On Standard F of the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching. More information and professional development opportunities will be available, including issues related to Standard F at the iNACOL 2012 Virtual School Symposium. 2012 Virtual School Symposium (outside Link) October , 2012 New Orleans, LA In October 2012, iNACOL's Virtual School Symposium (VSS) will bring experts in K-12 virtual education together to have robust networking opportunities; learn about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in e-learning; interact in session presentations; and gain access to the latest research and best practices reports. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

5 Professional Development Module Outline
Welcome Note that the roles and responsibilities of an online teacher are diverse, many and varied: Facilitator, teacher, administrator, instructor, , technician, advisor, coach, consultant, mentor, model, motivator, or even researcher. The ability to fulfill the primary responsibility lay in the expertise, experience, ability and determination and flexibility in teaching and meeting the needs of all students. Just as regular teachers do, online teachers facilitate learning through the use of a variety of instructional strategies based on traditional or current models and theories of education iNACOL 2011). Meet The Module Facilitator Mitch Coffman Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

6 Professional Development Module Outline
Welcome Before teaching online for the first time, faculty often have questions: “How and where do I begin”, “What does a quality online course consists of?“ ”What does a quality online course look like?” This faculty development program, centered around the iNACOL Standards is intended to “provide faculty with an overview of teaching and learning online, an introduction of various pedagogical considerations, an orientation of the best online practices, and provide a guideline for integrating appropriate instructional technologies to facilitate online teaching” (Sloan Consortium, 2011) and learning for all student populations. These components are necessary to offer a quality online learning experience for students. This professional development module includes the following learning units: Standard F. Cognizant of Diversity of Student Academic Needs and Incorporates Accommodations. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

7 iNACOL Standard F Module Identification of Learning Goals
This presentation & outline is designed to help teachers and faculty gain a better understanding of iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Learning. Indicators have been divided between what the online teachers should know and understand what the online teachers should be able to do for evaluation purposes This module will outline the iNACOL Standard F: Cognizant of Diversity of Student Academic Needs and Incorporates Accommodations. View Standard F Here Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

8 iNACOL Standard F. Module Identification of Learning Goals
Standard F (iNACOL) requires that teachers be cognizant of the diversity of student academic needs and incorporates accommodations for all students. Standard F (iNACOL) requires that teachers identify, understand and implement instructional strategies for all students, including legal stipulations associated with special needs students, assistive technologies, options for delivering instruction, and the communication process and collaboration requirements for special needs students. Download a PDF of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

9 iNACOL Standard F. Module Participant Learning Objectives & Outcomes
Participants/Teachers will demonstrate cognizance of the diversity of student academic needs through formative and summative assessment. Participants/Teachers will demonstrate an understanding of Web 2.0 educational tools through application of learning objectives in various online environments. Participants/Teachers will assemble a digital wiki composed of hyperlinks of relevant government laws, standards and stipulations relating to education for disabled, disadvantaged and disenfranchised students. Participants/Teachers will compare and contrast various student needs by compiling a questionnaire/survey using online survey hosts to create and disseminate and gather data. Participants/Teachers will create a blog site for reflection upon a personal/hypothetical account of how one might make(d) accommodations available to students of different learning, academic and physical needs and post this journal entry online. Participants/Teachers will record a brief personal introduction podcast as demonstration of one mode of alternative assistive technology accommodating students’ needs. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

10 iNACOL Standard F. Module Learning Objectives & Performance Outcomes
The ability to interpret, recall, analyze, and apply Standard F (iNACOL 2011) for online teaching with respect to course delivery. The ability to identify, apply and synthesize Standard F (iNACOL) technology and tools into online teaching and course delivery. The ability to design, administer, deliver and assess an innovative approach to online course delivery with respect to Standard F (iNACOL 2001) for online teaching. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

11 iNACOL Standard F. Module Desired Learning Outcomes
The ability to put together an online course and instructional plan that a potential online student and associated guardians would value as a diverse, accommodating and enriching online course. The understanding that all students including online students have varied talents and skills of which require a quality online teacher to be cognizant/aware, available, and accommodating the individual needs of all students and options for course and content delivery. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

12 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Introduction What is an Online Teacher? Who Are Online Teachers Why Be An Online Teacher? View this brief video from the Pearson Foundation, Learning Online: Online to Learn Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

13 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Online Teaching Video Assessment In the Pearson Foundation Video from the previous slide, Learning Online: Online to Learn, Educators and Online Teachers Gave Testimonials on The Profession , the Advantages and Disadvantages for Teachers and Students. Provided That, Choose the Correct Answer to Question Posed. 1. Expensive 2. Generic 3. Personalized 4. Solitary Question: Online learning includes a(n) _________ high quality core curriculum? Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

14 Standard F. Module Major Concepts
So What Does It Take To Be A Good Online Teacher The Online Teacher is Cognizant of the diversity of student academic needs and incorporates accommodations into the online environment, including Legal Mandates & Federal Stipulations Students Have Varied Learning Styles Technologies & Tools for Accommodations Adaptive/Assistive Technologies Options for & Obstacles to Student Learning IEP & 504 Communication Process Diversity of Needs, Languages & Backgrounds Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

15 Standard F for Quality Online Teaching Overview
The Online Teacher is Cognizant of the diversity of student academic needs and incorporates accommodations into the online environment, including What the online teacher should know and understand What the online teacher should be able to do Monitor Progress, Apply Activities & Tools Address Learning Styles & Create Multiple Paths to Address Diverse Learning Use Appropriate Tools & Technologies to Make Accommodations Apply Adaptive & Assistive Technologies I.D. Struggling Students Such as ELL, Literacy & Apply Strategies To Support Communicate with Appropriate School Staff Regarding 504 Accommodations & IEP Demonstrate Awareness of Learning Preferences, Diversity and Universal Design Legal Mandates & Federal Stipulations Students Have Varied Learning Styles Technologies & Tools for Accommodations Adaptive/Assistive Technologies Options for & Obstacles to Student Learning IEP & 504 Communication Process Diversity of Needs, Languages & Backgrounds Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

16 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Standard F. 1. Legal Mandates & Federal Stipulations Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know the Legal Mandates & Federal Stipulations for Accessibility ADA-American with Disabilities Act IDEA-Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  Assistive Technology Act & Section 508 The Teacher Must Accommodate the Needs of All Students Monitor Student Progress Apply Activities & Tools Relevant to Needs Collaborate with Appropriate Staff & Resources Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

17 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Section F. Assessment The U.S. Government has laws, policies and procedures that are applied to all students, especially those with special needs. Familiarity with these legal concepts and requirements is requisite to providing quality online instruction for all students. Provided that, Choose the Correct Answer to the Question Posed. EOC IDEA RTI LEAP Question: Online teaching requires knowledge of laws such as the _________? Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

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Standard F. 2. Varied Learning Styles Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know the Varied Learning Styles of All Students Varied Talents Varied Skills Varied Learning Styles The Teacher Must Incorporate the Varied Learning Styles of All Students Create Multiple Paths to Address Diverse Learning Address Learning Styles, Needs, & Abilities Download a pdf of the IDEA Regulations for I.D. of Specific Learning Disabilities Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

19 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Standard F. 2. Varied Learning Styles Assessment Learning styles of all students are important to understand, especially so for students’ with special needs and for those needing accommodations. Below are four types of learning styles, which would be most appropriate for use with a student having a visual deficiency? Visual Physical Aural Independent Question: Which Learning Style is more appropriate for a student having a visual impairment? Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

20 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Standard F. 3. Technologies & Tools Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know & Understand Tools & Technologies to Meet Student Needs Appropriateness Accommodations The Teacher Must Use Tools and Technologies to Meet Student Needs Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

21 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Standard F. 4. Adaptive/Assistive Technologies Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know & Understand How Adaptive/Assistive Technologies Benefit to the Participant Access to Information Otherwise Inaccessible The Teacher Must Apply Adaptive/Assistive Technologies Appropriateness in Instruction Accommodations Listen to a Podcast on Assistive Technology from Brian Friedlander of VizThink Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

22 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Section F. Technology Assessment Technology comes can benefit students in the online environment as well as in the classroom. The key to understanding technology is that these tools work with the student to expand learning opportunities. Standard F. Provided That, Choose the Correct Answer to the Question Posed. Harm Confuse Assist Hamper Question: Technology can _________ students in overcoming obstacles to learning? Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

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Standard F. 5. Options for & Obstacles to Student Learning Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know & Understand Options to Expand Student Learning Address Styles of Learning Provide Avenues for Enrichment or Intervention The Teacher Must Identify Struggling Students & Apply Strategies to Support ELL Literacy Issues Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

24 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Section F. Assessment Students with special needs often times can be motivated by a teacher that is skilled in differential instruction and how those skills and abilities may be used to enhance and personal the learning experience. Standard F. Provided That, Choose the Correct Answer to the Question Posed. Limit Restrict Apply Shelve Question: The online teacher is able to _________ strategies and alternate paths to expand student learning online? Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

25 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Standard F. 6. IEP & 504 Communication Process Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know & Understand the Process for Connecting with Support Personnel Verify IEP Requirements 504 Accommodations The Teacher Must Communicate with School Staff Specific Accommodation and/or Modifications Needs Listed in IEP or 504 Accommodations Collaborate with Others Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

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Standard F. 7. Diversity of Needs, Languages & Backgrounds Note to Remember: The Quality Online Teacher Knows & Understands AND Has the Ability to Incorporate All Concepts into the Online Environment The Teacher Must Know & Understand the Diversity of Student Learning Needs Languages Backgrounds The Teacher Must Demonstrate Awareness Different Learning Preferences Diversity Universal Design Principles Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

27 Wiki of Legal Mandates Activity
Use one of the popular online Wiki services e.g., to create a topic specific public wiki. Assemble a list federal and educational websites that address disabled, handicapped and all special needs student accommodations for virtual learning and classroom learning. Make certain to link each agency, website or NGO. Summarize and/or outline the legal mandates, laws, policies and procedures that address the needs of disabled students, including learning styles, handicapped, and disenfranchised students. Include at least two of the wiki’s widget functions, e.g., include a photo, embed a youtube.com movie, add chart, etc. A sample wiki on K-12 state supported virtual schools is located at here at s the wiki link when 10 entries are posted, to to receive full credit for completion of this professional development module. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

28 Survey of Needs Activity
Use one of the popular online survey web services, e.g. surveymonkey.com, to make a survey for students, parents and potential online course participants that requests information on student needs that might assist these students in the online classroom. A sample questionnaire has been created for reference located at the final product link to for complete credit for participation in this professional development module. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

29 Reflect on a Personal Scenario Activity
Use one of the popular online web services, such as Google Sites, Blogger.com, Typepad.com or similar host and write an entry that describes a scenario you may have had regarding accommodation of student needs, such as the use of assistive technology, lesson adaptation, obstacles you and the student have overcome, or a similar related experience acknowledging the individual or group’s special needs. A sample blog and entry has been created for reference located at the final product link to for complete credit for participation in this professional development module. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

30 Record a Podcast Activity
Record a digital podcast or audio broadcast and post that recording on the journal blog site created in the previous activity. If unable to post the audio file, the file directly to A sample podcast entry was introduced earlier in this presentation. the final product link or file to for complete credit for participation in this professional development module. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

31 Professional Development Module
iNACOL International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F Click dot to return to slide 7 in presentation after viewing Standard F. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

32 Section F. Final Assessment
Technology and assistive technology are important parts of online instruction. Provided That, Choose the Correct Answer to the Question Posed. FCA(Federal Communications Act) ATA (American Technology Act) LEA (Learning Enrichment Act) ACA (Accommodations & Communications Act Question: The _________ is an act that mandates accommodations to students with learning disabilities? Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

33 Certificate of Completion Professional Development iNACOL Standard F
Certificate of Completion Professional Development iNACOL Standard F. Module Congratulations. This marks the end of this particular professional development module on iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, Section F. Print for your records. A Quality Online Teacher Has Knowledge Understanding Abilities Legal Mandates Varied Talents Skills Applied to Multiple Paths Tools & Technology to Make Accommodations Adaptive Assistive Technology Application Options to Expand Thinking to Support Struggling Students Connecting Support Personnel IEP, 504 & Student Diversity of Learning Needs Styles Languages Backgrounds Name: ____________________ Date: ____________________ Facilitator: ___M. Coffman____ Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

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Resources. Relevant items for virtual schooling professional development, including K-12 online learning Assistive Technology and the Disability Identity Webinar. Retrieved from on June 27, 2012. Cathy Cavanaugh’s Online Learning Research References ƒDr. Cavanaugh, iNACOL Research Committee Chair, has an excellent and comprehensive website listing books, articles and journals for online learning at iNACOL. iNACOL Issues Brief: Equity and Access in Virtual Education ƒ(2007)by Ray Rose and Bob Blomeyer identifies the issues that also impact professional development and diversity. Virtual Schools and 21st Century Skills paper by NACOL and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2006). NACOL reports. Retrieved from on June 27, 2012. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

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References. Center for Teaching and Learning. Speaking of Teaching. Stanford University (2004). 13, 2. Retrieved from on June 29, Friedlander., B. (2008, November 26). Assistive technology. Vizthink Podcast. Podcast. Retrieved from on June 30, IEP Process. [Video File. Retrieved from on June 29, iNACOL. About Us. Retrieved from on June 29, iNACOL. Virtual School Symposium. Retrieved from on June 29, 2012 iNACOL. (2011). Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning. Retrieved from on June 27, iNACOL. (2011a). National standards for quality online courses. Retrieved from on June 27, iNACOL. (2011b). National standards for quality online teaching. Retrieved from June 27, Learning Disabilities Accommodations. [Video file]. Retrieved from on June 29, Sloan Consortium (2011). Overview of Six Learning Units for Professional Development. Retrieved from on June 28, Pearson Foundation. Learning Online: Online to Learn. [Video file]. Retrieved from on June Thetutorwhisperer.com. Learning Obstacles Impaired Vision. [Video file]. Retrieved from on June 29, Vanderbilt University. Teaching Through Touch. [Video file]. Retrieved from on June 30, Universal Design & Accessibility. [Video file]. Retrieved from on June 30, 2012. Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F

36 Professional Development Module Outline
iNACOL International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F Module For more information on this module contact: Mitch Coffman A Presentation for EDLD 871 SU12 Dr. Luke Dowden University of Louisiana, Lafayette return to the beginning of presentation Back Next National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Standard F


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