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ol101-s2019: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 21 views

  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
    • anonymous
       
      When we use this data to guide instruction, that means we should also use this data to change our coursework from section to section. It can be easy to forget to modify courses from one teaching to the next.
    • salterberg
       
      I agree, Amanda. And I also wanted to test out the comment feature of Diigo. I've never used this before.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well
    • anonymous
       
      Copyright is always a tricky one - good thing it is covered well in the OLLIE series! :)
    • chriskyhl
       
      This is especially true in the world of social media and people not crediting others with posts/images and stealing them as their own
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • anonymous
       
      Being "present" online - as an instructor post comments, provide feedback, and be engaged with the students. Weekly announcements can also help students see the "human" side of the instructor.
    • vberge
       
      I have learned this through simple email conversations. I often have someone read/reread emails to make sure that I am interpreting it correctly or that what I am saying will be received the way it is intended. If students, in person or online, don't feel that they can approach the teacher, they often end up feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. if feedback isn't timely, the student can give up or do things incorrectly.
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  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • salterberg
       
      In the facilitation course, I learned that collaboration is essential to learning, so this standard is a high priority
    • vberge
       
      Collaborative group work is very important in online courses. I may not be one that looks for this in a course that I take (I am often an independent learner), however the value of that interaction and possibly the challenges to an individual's thinking is important (especially for adult learners) to really grow and learn.
    • runindevil
       
      I believe collaborative learning should be done to a certain extent. I have had more students within the last couple of years opt for independent learning. I think they are tired of relying on others for their potential grade. So, how does this equate to online learning?
    • cararinehart
       
      Interesting statements, I teach science classes and collaboration falls easily into my curriculum; however, I feel like students either rely completely on their partner to be successful or the higher achieving partner gets tired of being the one to earn the grade too as mentioned above. I struggle with collaboration always being the answer. Competition is good too - its what got us to the moon.
    • mschutjer
       
      I like this idea and work to do this in my current classroom. I feel it may be even easier to accomplish in an online class.
  • Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge)
    • salterberg
       
      It's critical that we as instructors know how to use the technology and can help our students learn how to use it. That's foundational for learning content and interacting with others in the course.
    • jdowler
       
      With technology changing so rapidly, we as instructors must work continuously to stay on top of all the new content that is being created.
  • Designs the structure of the course and the presentation of the content to best enhance student learning, including using unit/lesson overviews and reviews
    • salterberg
       
      I want my courses to be vibrant vehicles for learning, and the design is integral to that.
    • kmolitor
       
      After reading the article on access and equity I think this is very important as we design our courses to make sure we keep all students in mind.
  • (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A)
    • salterberg
       
      I so agree with Amanda on this one, and I can't highlight the same one she does. (I wanted to test diigo to see if it would let me, and nope!) The teacher's commitment to the students and to creating a positive environment makes learning fun and engages students.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies
    • jennham
       
      This jumped out at me immediately as this is our next step in our PLC group for any of our 'power standards'. Next year we will be focusing heavily on using a Data Wall, as well as using common assessment data to drive instruction. We have spent the last two years deciding on our Power Standards and finding common assessments to utilize.
    • kmolitor
       
      It is so important to use data to make sure we are reaching our learners. This make me think of the Iowa Professional Development Model and how we use that to see what we need to work on and find ways to improve our instruction.
    • jdowler
       
      Our district also focuses heavily on common assessments among core subjects and benchmark assessments at the end of each unit.
    • tommuller4
       
      I think it is really important for every teacher to use data to make sure we are teaching all of the things we are supposed to be teaching. We are moving towards SBG in near future and I think this will be very important as we make that transition.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • jennham
       
      I find this to be vital as not every learner is going to be successful in the same ways as other online learners. It cannot be a 'one size fits all' model.
    • vberge
       
      This one is obviously very important and key to teaching in any format. I am curious what this looks like though. How does the teacher meet these needs. I can see where there needs to be certain accessibility things available on the student's computer. Is it the teacher's responsibility to point these out for the student, or is there a way to imbed these things in the course?
    • runindevil
       
      When the standard states: "different interests and backgrounds, and and students with special needs." Students that may be ELL or special needs, how does online learning adapt to those learners? I think if tough enough when you have them face to face in class, now that you don't see them, it sounds more complex!!
  • Creates or selects multiple assessment instruments that are appropriate for online learning
    • jennham
       
      I find this to be extremely important as in the past, any online assessments that I have seen have been multiple choice. It is very important to assess students using several different mediums that require higher order thinking skills along with memorization.
    • chriskyhl
       
      This is vital to present students multiple ways to show their learning. Can't expect all to perform in one way
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Providing multiple assessment types is imperative to meet the needs of all learners. Providing them a chance to show what they know if different ways helps us understand our students on a deeper level as well.
  • Demonstrates techniques for dealing with issues arising from inappropriate student technological use
    • jennham
       
      This one I find to be very important as I had this exact issue within the past week. I feel that it is important to handle these situations immediately while also allowing students to earn back privileges so that they may continue to learn and grow from their mistakes, as well as what they are meant to be learning online. Sometimes a bad choice can turn into a lasting memory for the better.
    • jdowler
       
      I think this standard is so crucial at all a academic levels and thankfully there are excellent tools out there to ensure students are acting responsibly such as Go Guardian.
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • mgast40diigo
       
      Feedback is essential for students to improve. I need to do a better job of being more specific with my feedback instead of "Super Job!", or "See me!" and focus more on what specifically a student did or didn't do well on.
    • chriskyhl
       
      I agree on feedback. It's not easy to give specific and detailed feedback to students and still get them their work back in a timely manner.....one of my biggest struggles as a teacher
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Without feedback students will struggle to improve upon their understanding. Timely and constructive are important to the learning process so students know how to correct any misconceptions they may have, but done in a kind and effective way.
    • barbkfoster
       
      As educators we understand the importance of feedback - and more specifically TIMELY feedback. This is a challenge, though, in a typical teacher's day. I wonder if it will be easier - or harder - with an online course??
    • runindevil
       
      I agree with Barb, this could be very difficult! I deal daily with around 140 students, and to provide "timely feedback," would be most challenging
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • mgast40diigo
       
      This reminds me of a math class I took about when writing assessments make sure to think about how your students would answer a question. This allowed me to get rid of some questions and change some as well. It made me reflect on student understanding and my teaching practices.
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional growth to improve practice
    • mgast40diigo
       
      It is so important for teachers to be life long learners. I enjoy researching strategies to use in the classroom and implementing them as soon as I can. Obviously some work well and some don't. The challenge of it excites me.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • mgast40diigo
       
      Feedback from students is critical for improving as a teacher. Even though it might not be what you want to hear, it will provide you with important ideas to improve for the future. I give evaluations periodically and they do help me improve my instruction.
    • jdowler
       
      Student feedback is so powerful. I use google forms to get feedback from my students quarterly. Also, I created a daily check in using google forms so students can ask for help or share problems they are having privately. It's been very successful.
    • Linda Carroll
       
      It's important to know the goal in advance!
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation (Varvel IV.A, ITS 3.b)
    • Linda Carroll
       
      It's important to know the goal in advance!
    • jdowler
       
      I love using screen castify for this. Course overviews should be as visual as possible.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • Linda Carroll
       
      This is always critical, no matter the delivery of the content.
    • mschutjer
       
      I would love to find the perfect tool for increase social interaction. I feel I have a good mix, but would like to increase my students' ability to do more literature, both reading and writing, interactions.
  • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching, including course management software
    • Linda Carroll
       
      This is and will always be a learning curve as new programs, platforms, apps, etc. are always being developed.
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • Linda Carroll
       
      This should be the goal of every educator! I would argue that the issue is time....which is something that educators (probably everyone) always struggle to find and/or complain that they don't have enough of it!
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • kmolitor
       
      I like the idea of networking with others in your particular area of education. Having a group of people who teach the same content can be helpful when you need help or suggestions as well as you being able to offer help or suggestions. I know I really appreciate the library network I am a part of.
    • chriskyhl
       
      Going from a large school with 8 teachers in my subject area to a smaller only 3 this is one of the things I miss the most is the networking. We don't take the time to do this if we don't have access to it immediately like we should
    • runindevil
       
      This can "sky the limit." Students can interact with different cultures, different environments, and formulate different ideas throughtout the world.
    • meinca92
       
      Making connections with other online instructors will require conscious effort and commitment. Teachers in general can be very isolated in their own classrooms, and I imagine this is even more of an issue for online instructors, particularly those who work in isolation.
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
    • kmolitor
       
      This seems like it should not have to be spelled out, but it is critical that our assessments align with our objectives. If there is no connection between the two the assessment is not valuable at all.
    • cararinehart
       
      Sometimes this seems easier than it is - I've taught lessons that didn't line up directly with the assessment! Then I look back and realized that I didn't explicitly explain what I was thinking that the students should know/need to know.
    • tommuller4
       
      Its important to assess over things that are important to the class. You really shouldn't assess things that are not important to class content. If its not hitting a standard or has some direct connection to the class you shouldn't be assessing it.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • nealjulie
       
      I think I need to share this with my admin to make sure we are following these guidelines! :/ This would be great for our teachers to follow and make sure we are creating an online course that meets the states expectations.
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
    • nealjulie
       
      This is important for all learning face to face and blended learning. I would think we would need to be very cognitive on how we set this up as teachers to make sure we are providing descriptive feedback for our students' learning.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • nealjulie
       
      This is true for any course as well. Taking this course there are so many ways to engage students with online learning that all teachers need to be aware of to create an engaging online learning atmosphere.
  • emonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • nealjulie
       
      I see the need in a continuous professional learning with creating online learning. Teachers need to be educated on the varied of technology they can implement in their online courses and also keep updated on new technology that is out there to use as well.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • vberge
       
      This stands out to me. If you are a good/great face to face teacher, that does not mean that you will be effective at teaching online. The content may be the same, but the delivery, expectations, interactions, etc. are different.
  • • Meets the professional teaching standards established by a state-licensing agency, or has the academic credentials in the field in which he or she is teaching
    • jdowler
       
      I think that there is a perception out there that having taught in the classroom makes one automatically qualified to teach online and this is not the case. Online teaching really is different and should have it's own set of teaching standards.
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a)
    • jdowler
       
      Just the nature of technology lends itself to multiple opportunities for collaboration such as we are engaging in right now.
    • barbkfoster
       
      To learn students need to interact not only with the content, but with the teacher and other students. As an online teacher we need to create many opportunities for all three.
  • Establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the internet and written communication (SREB E.2)
    • jdowler
       
      Students will have issues with this as they begin using technology more often. At the middle school we use Go Guardian to monitor and control what students are doing in school and at home.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
    • jdowler
       
      This is so much easier now with great tools such as screen castify and Zoom.
    • cararinehart
       
      I'm taking the OLLIE course to increase my comfort level with tools such as Diigo and screen castify. Super uncomfortable, feel like I'm in Kindergarten again - haha
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to students, including rubrics for student performances and participation
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • chriskyhl
       
      Sometimes teachers get caught up in the use of technology and it turns projects/ideas into busy work and more the struggle of the technology and not supplementing the learning as intended (GUILTY OF THIS MYSELF)
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Using technology appropriately is so important. Using it just to use it does not enhance anybody's learning nor does it make for effective instruction.
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students
    • chriskyhl
       
      Vitally important and sometimes overlooked in some settings. Used to work in a school where they only had one certified teacher (a special education teacher) and two other aids in charge of over 50 students in close to a 100 different courses. How can we expect a teacher to be the expert in all these areas?
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning
    • chriskyhl
       
      Is what we are asking students to do vital to learning the material or just simply filler that can cause students to lose interest or ambition
  • Has knowledge of and informs student of their rights to privacy and the conditions under which their work may be shared with others
    • annott
       
      I need to do a better job of going over student rights to privacy, will have to make a note of this when planning online learning.
    • meinca92
       
      I think ethical use of intellectual property should be a major concern of all teachers, but in an online environment, it needs to be even more explicitly addressed.
  • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory
    • annott
       
      This makes me wonder how we can assess this part. Knowing where each student is developmentally can be difficult without data.
  • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict (Varvel VII.D, ITS 6.e)
    • cbangert
       
      Just like in the classroom, it's important for online teachers to create a safe online learning environment, by getting to know students, communicating clear expectations, and addressing individual needs.
    • tommuller4
       
      Its important for students to feel safe when working or responding to other students questions online. Also lets students know that it is ok to have different opinions from classmates and that is ok.
  • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction (SREB D.6,
    • cbangert
       
      Critical to establish this early, and set clear expectations for appropriate behavior for online discussions/interactions.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      This stands out because without a check for understanding and feedback from students, it is hard to improve our instruction.
  • Provides opportunities that enable student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Giving students the opportunity to self-reflect provides greater feedback and perspective on their learning for the instructor. Reflection and self-assessment also provides another layer of accountability and ownership for the learner. Pre-assessment will help guide instruction to best meet the needs of the students.
    • meinca92
       
      Based on the article about online student learning styles, this aspect is essential for helping students be successful in an online course. Since the primary means of communication with all students is what is posted, those materials have to be very clear about assessment expectations.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation (Varvel IV.A, ITS 3.b)
    • barbkfoster
       
      Communicating learning outcomes ties in directly with our district's SBL initiative
    • tommuller4
       
      I think students should be made aware of what the learning goals are for the day/week/unit. Lets them really focus in on what we as the teacher feel is important for them to know.
    • mschutjer
       
      I feel this would be hard for me to have a total year or half a year planned to push out to a online class. This is a great idea would just be a challenge for me.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • barbkfoster
       
      Online courses are no different that face-to-face courses - teachers need to engage students for learning to take place. The days of sit-and-get are gone.
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct as defined by state law and local policies or procedures
  • using appropriate visual web design techniques
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning
    • meinca92
       
      This seems to be especially important to be able to provide content in a variety of modalities, but it also suggests that the instructor will need to develop effective skills in this area. That part seems a little daunting, especially in a world where apps come and go or change from free to fee-based.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • robertsreads
       
      It is of the utmost importance that an online educator communicates the standards and expectations to their students up front in a clear and concise manner. ~K. Roberts (sorry- I had this set to private)
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students
    • robertsreads
       
      Just as in a Face-to-face classroom, online educators need to be aware of students' needs and backgrounds. They must create an environment where students are willing to share those needs. ~K. Roberts (sorry- I had this set to private)
  • available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • robertsreads
       
      I think this might be the most important part of being a successful online teacher. Students must feel comfortable coming to/contacting their instructor, and instructors must make sure to come across as approachable and available. ~K. Roberts (Sorry- I had this set to private)
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • robertsreads
       
      I think it is difficult for an online teacher to understand the ups and downs of online learning, as well as the student perspective, if they have never taken an online class themselves. ~K. Roberts (sorry- I had this set to private)
  • • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a)
    • lissward
       
      This, to me, is critical in any sort of online course. The opportunities for rich collaboration and conversation between student and teacher, and students and their peers is incredible and so much of the power of the course would be lost without this!
  • • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners (SREB C.7, Varvel V.H, ITS 4.c)
    • lissward
       
      As an educator who works with English Learners, this stuck out to me as essential. Special considerations will need to be taken when working with language learners or students with special needs in online courses. Things such as reading level, ability to communication in writing, and background knowledge will need to be carefully considered by the instructor when designing instruction.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
    • lissward
       
      I think this is one of the most important components of standard number one. It is absolutely critical that all instructional decisions are supported by data and that teachers are collecting the CORRECT data to help inform these decisions. I know this has been a big mind shift in my district.
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
    • lissward
       
      This is one thing I really appreciate about this course-the opportunity to experience online learning as a student. It only makes sense, we all have had the experience of being in a face-to-face classroom before we set foot in the classroom as a traditional teacher. Why wouldn't we require the same for online instructors? I like that this gives me perspective and empathy for future online students.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment
    • rhoadsb_
       
      This will be important for developing a quality course
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • rhoadsb_
       
      It is important that your course is aligned with the standards.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • kylelehman
       
      Always important in a teaching situation but maybe even more important in an online class. The students need to know where you stand and what needs to be done as well as who to go to for questions. The communication is key for all those moving parts to work together.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • kylelehman
       
      Obviously, if you expect your students to be active and present, you should be too. This is not only good for building camaraderie but also building support and allowing them to know who to go to if they have questions. Building relationships isn't just for face-to-face rooms.
  • • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • kylelehman
       
      I think this is a really big idea when you are thinking of teaching courses for high schoolers that may lack that motivation. Changing up different methods and things like that help to keep them motivated to continue in the course.
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • kylelehman
       
      I like this one a lot. I think that a lot of teachers do these things in the classroom (building skills, scaffolding, etc) but then sometimes lose that ability a little bit in the online platform.
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iowaonlinelearning - Teaching Standards - 94 views

  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
    • crjessen44
       
      I feel this is critical. As a teacher, I believe all teachers need to live this experience first hand, in the role of a student. Being a student in an on-line evironment will help me to be a better on-line faciliator. I will be more sympathetic to the stuggles of being on-line learner and hopefully I will be more effective, learning from my experience as a student.
    • Aryn Kruse
       
      This is so important---as a special educator I also feel it is important to also consider the impacts of a child's disability in light of their online experiences as well.
    • Kristina Greenfield
       
      I agree that being an online student will help me create a better online course. I think that is true with most anything we ask students to do. I try to complete my own work (usually essays) for some of my assignments that I give and by doing so, I can revise the assignment much more meaningfully.
    • Stan Newon II
       
      I completed my master's program entirely online 2 years ago and certainly "lived" in online learning. I believe that online learning has evolved significantly since then with many more tools available to make online learning more effective. There was some differences between how the various instructors delivered their coursework online. Being an online student certainly gives one an idea of what does and does not work and what one likes/dislikes. However I think we need to keep in mind the generational differences in learning; what I may not like about online learning as an older learner may be a very valuable online learning tool for a young student that has grown up with technology as being a natural part of their learning.
    • anonymous
       
      Not only is it important for an online teacher to experience online learning from the perspective of a student, but I think it is important for them to return to the role of a student from time to time. Each time I take an online course, I am reminded of the feeling of being overwhelmed by a long list of lessons/assignments and very little time to actually complete everything. It a great reminder for me as a teacher to be careful not to overload my students. Adding enrichment items might be a great way to achieve balance.
    • Christine Quisley
       
      Think about a traditional face to face enviroment that we all have experienced as children or as adults, with these experiences we have gained learning. As teachers we now know how we will or will not proceed because of our experiences. Online learning should be no different. You need to walk in others shoes to experience their success and/or difficulties
    • marcia knupp
       
      The perspective we get from our experiences colors the way we look at everything. Kind of like "your perception is your reality" Meeting the different needs of students (such as learning styles) seems unlikely with on-line learning.
    • Sherry Huffman
       
      My struggles in catching up and staying on track with this online class will definately have an impact on how I set up my own classes.
    • Toy Waterman
       
      I feel taking an online course is the very beginning of an online instructor's process for becoming effective. Being on the learning end helps an instructor know where to enhance assignment directions, proper amount of assignments for an online course, and types of assignments that are better understood from a distance learning perspective.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      I have experienced online learning and in most cases the experience was good. From the student side, it seemed pretty easy. From the teachers side it is quite complicated to create an easy to follow and interact with a good class.
    • Steve Butler
       
      I believe looking at things from a learner's perspective is also very important. I have sat through too many inservices and other learning opportunities thinking "there is no way I could ever teach like this and expect kids to learn" and other similar things. Observing other teachers helps a great deal too. Before I try some activities now I try to run them by my wife or other faculty members to get feedback and doing the same thing with an online course should really help.
    • Carol Price
       
      It is important for teachers to have had experience as an online learner before teaching an online class. Taking this online class is a new (and frightening) experience for me, but I believe that I am benefiting from this experience.
    • MaryAnn Strawhacker
       
      I could not agree more Carol! I tried to develop a Moodle and kept running into roadblocks. Now I am learning the problem was not with my content but rather with my lack of understanding as to how to fully use the learning platform.
    • Sarah Sieck
       
      I think this standard is just part a good teaching, be it online or in a regular classroom. As teachers, we need to also think about how the students will be engaged during our lessons (online or face-to-face). Being a student in an online course helps the teacher develop strategies to make their online course as engaging as possible. Learning and working with a variety of online tools (Moodle, screencasting, Diigo, blogs, etc) helps the teacher build a course that will hopefully meet their needs and the students learning needs.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners (SREB C.7, Varvel V.H, ITS 4.c)
    • crjessen44
       
      This one grabbed my attention. I'm currently helping two students with special learning needs take an on-line math class for credit recovery. It has been a very frustrating experience for them in multiple capacities. They not only struggle with content, but with technology issues - the two combined are sometimes more than the students can handle. On a positive note, I've seen some really cool things you can do within an on-line class to tailor the instruction to better meet their needs. I think in some respects you could perhaps more easily tailor on-line learning to meet the needs of a more diverse set of learners?
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      i AGREE THAT THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE FOR TEACHER AND STUDENTS. Having the teacher monitor the student's initial work might help get them started.
    • Lora Lehmkuhl
       
      Learning is different for each individual. I watched my daughters take gymnastic lessons and compared their learning to the students in my classroom. Two of my daughters were flexible and learned well from their coaches. One of my daughters struggled, but kept trying to keep up. In the classroom, it really seems unfair to expect the students to all learn at the same pace. Online learning allows students to work at their own pace.
    • Pam Elwood
       
      Differentiation is a tricky topic. Look up research on learning styles and you will find mixed messages and limited empirical evidence. I do appreciate that I respond to visual supports, so that might increase my focus or my engagment, but after 12 months of considering learning styles in my grad work, it is hard to say that is the end all be all for tailoring instruction. Sound research and or evidence based practices...which are limited...can be generalized usually to increase student outcomes. Considering how to embedd interests and preferences is instructionally sound and can be a goal, but that may or may not include tailoring instruction. Take a look at this piece if you want to rethink learning styles as a strategy www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIv9rz2NTUk
    • Lisa Wymore
       
      I think this is a two-pronged issue - there is tailoring content to meet the entry points and learning styles of students, but there is also the technology piece of this with online learning. As an instructor, it will be important to provide support for using the technology & tools so that they don't become a barrier to accessing the content.
    • marcia knupp
       
      An on-line lesson that would give the content in multiple ways, assess the learning in multiple ways may still be too much for the students who struggle with technology issues.
    • Steve Butler
       
      I agree that tech can really help us with DI. My district has done some stuff with DI and I am trying to incorporate some of that in my classroom. With the knowledge from this course I hope to do more in the future.
    • Perry Bekkerus
       
      I love that Moodled DI (did I just make up a verb?) allows for both helping the strugglers, but also for challenging the brightest so that they are not slowed down by the mundane.
    • misti linn
       
      students who need reteaching or more direct instruction would benefit from online learning. i see this as a tool for me to help my AELP students with expanding their knowledge of my content area. i also enjoy using technoloyg and know that the kids in the middle, who we often forget about :( would like to use technology too.
    • Kristin Shelton
       
      All students deserve to have differentiated instruction. This really grabbed my attention because I feel strongly that all students can learn and deserve to have instruction to meet their needs
    • Pam Childers
       
      This standard seems especially important to me, given that my class will be about accessibility and engagement for all students. I will need to model what I preach!
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning (SREB M.3, Varvel IV.D, ITS 3.e, ITS 4.f)
    • linda welander
       
      This seems to be exactly what we are trying to do. The collaboration component of the class should provide all of us with a lot of different ideas, websites, and critiques that will save us time and effort. This is a tremendous asset.
    • Aryn Kruse
       
      I appreciate the use of the term "appropriate", often times technology is selected because it's the new thing, not because it's what is most appropriate for your outcome....
    • Deanna Tegeler
       
      I agree with you about the appropriate use of technology. It must be used with a specific purpose. When technology is overused / inappropriately used students get burned out on it just like any other teaching strategy.
    • Stan Newon II
       
      I agree with you as well...it's not necessarily a good idea to use technology simply for the sake of using technology and a teacher can go overboard and use it too much. For example in a HS setting it could get annoying if every teacher was having students participate in a blog.
    • Ashlea Ahrenholtz
       
      In the class I am currently taking, there have been several discussions that discuss not only "what" we teach but "why" we are teaching it. I really enjoy learning about technology myself and enjoy integrating it into my curriculum; however, I think that we need to remember that many of these resources are tools for our toolkit. They are not meant to the be the staple of the classroom. Stan, you gave a great example with blogs. Teachers need to remember that is it just as hard for students to remember different logins and passwords, especially if they have different ones for different classes. I myself do not like it when my usual username/password combination has to be altered; it is inevitable that I will forget it or lose where I wrote it down. It will be interesting to see how the next couple of years change with professional development and how they work to buffer the gap among teachers with their comfort level in technology.
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      I too am curious as to what type of technology the students would like to use in their "moodle" assignments.
    • Annalisa Miner
       
      As being 'newer' to all the on-line tools, I think this is where we have to pull in our 'experts' and be able to tell them what we need the tool to do and then get their feedback/have a discussion about what tool will best help meet our needs.
    • Pam Elwood
       
      I like this one...the right tech for the right learning outcome. We have been working at Kent State to define purposes and rationales for Web 2.0 tools. So when is a wiki the best choice vs. a blog. Is mandatory number of postings in a threaded discussion more likely to lead to higher order critical thinking and or engagement and dialogue in on online environment. Is there really a Web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and beyond and what difference does it make? Does online interaction lead to different outcomes than face to face? It is nice to get past the novelty and consider the function and intentionally select the right tool for the right experience.
    • Lisa Wymore
       
      I think this is very important, but yet also poses a challenge to online instructors. We do need to be able to choose the appropriate tools. The challenge (but a good one) comes in keeping up with the new and improved options that become available in this rapidly changing environment.
    • Toy Waterman
       
      Appropriate tools will help with clarity and assignment directions. However, one of the better tools for distance learning is the ability to do screencasting so screens can be shared when more technical help is needed. Trying to explain how to do something can be very frustrating to a learner, when showing him/her would be a much better approach - screencasts.
    • Joan Fredrickson
       
      I agree Toy, screencasts are very helpful for clarifying how to do something online. I am looking forward to learning how to use a screencast tool myself and believe it will make more efficient and effective use of my time. Currently I type up directions step-by-step..which takes way too much time and increases the chances of error. Screencasts make sense!
    • d YM
       
      The number of potential tools for incorporating in online instruction seem limitless. I'm amazed at what is available, yet also deterred by the time it takes to locate quality resources that i envision helping me engage learners in more rigorous inquiry and achievement.
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  • • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students (SREB D.8, Varvel VI.F, ITS 5.e)
    • linda welander
       
      I think this is one of the best features that online learning provides. With many of the programs I use students get immediate feedback, not only the correct answer but the reason that answer is correct, as the student completes the lesson. This is essential to today's students because too often once they receive a final score, they fail to read any notes or explanation from the teacher or to question why their answer was not correct.
    • Rebecca Clausen
       
      I would agree that the immediate feedback that online learning can provide is a real asset. Students will know results right away so they don't end up practicing or learning the wrong way.
  • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching, including course management software (CMS) and synchronous/asynchronous communication tools (chat, email, web 2.0, videoconferencing, webinar, whiteboard, etc.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
    • Rebecca Clausen
       
      Learning the technology necessary to have a quality online class will be an ongoing process with the rate that new technologies are being developed.
    • Cathy DeValk
       
      So true--not only do you need to be up-to-date and knowledgeable on the course materials, but also the methods of delivering the information.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • Rebecca Clausen
       
      Understanding individual student motivations may be difficult via online instruction. I think this would be a challenge.
    • Ashlea Ahrenholtz
       
      I agree with you, Rebecca; however, it can be just as powerful for other students. There is a fine line that I think is going to be ongoing learning process for teahcers.
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      I believe that there too must a learning curve for the students! They will need to feel comfortable with on line learning and the teacher needs to find out what motivates them in this platform.
    • Sarah Nemmers
       
      I think that students like this technology and will use it to enhance their learning.
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional growth to improve practice (SREB C.8, ITS 7.c)
    • Rebecca Clausen
       
      Staying current with research and new developments in content areas will be easier through new technologies.
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • Ashlea Ahrenholtz
       
      Networking is vital! The one thing teachers never have enough of is TIME; I think having time to network would be another constraint for some teachers. When you are taught something new or given something to play with at a class it seems great at the time, but often seems like you need to debrief after wards. Getting involved are the two key words in this standard for me. We have been always told that practice will only make things better; in order for educators to grow professionally, we need to be just as involved as we want our students to be.
    • anonymous
       
      Ashlea, agree! I need to practice new learning. I need to talk to other learners. Kids are the same. It does all take time.
    • Angie Hance
       
      Have learned a lot from others already! Both through this class' forum but also through others, such as the GHAEA 21st century learners conference! One presenter shared what she does with jing to "edit" and record narration when she provides feedback to students on their writing assignments.
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
    • Chad Otdoerfer
       
      I believe this is one huge advantage of online courses. Online test give students immediate feedback, but maybe more importantly online data allows educators to analyze it and then use it to guide their instruction. If most students missed certain questions on a test and the teacher knows that immediately then the following day he/she can re-teach some of those concepts or ideas.
    • Ginny Kraus
       
      I agree - in this generation of instant response or gratification a teacher can incorporate that into the online lesson by giving that quiz that has an instant reply. Then while it's all in one place the teacher can utilize it reteach immediately.
    • Sarah Sieck
       
      This is another standard the is not only important in online teaching, but teaching altogether. Through an online course you need to learn different tools to assesst students' understanding of content. This can been done in simple and easy ways using polling and quizzes or responses to questions through a discussion forum.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • Chad Otdoerfer
       
      I think this is important in an online course because it is more difficult to build strong relationships and communicate effectively when people do not see each other face to face daily.
    • C Richardson
       
      As we never talk face to face, making connections with the instructor, the online social presence is critical. This piece of 'online classroom management' will be interesting to experience through this course and to determine how to create it in our own course(s).
    • Jackie Fober
       
      As we continue to expand PBIS in Iowa and AEA 267 as part of statewide RTI and the Department of Education's goal to have 100% of schools implementing PBIS, it will be much more difficult to provide face-to-face opportunities for schools to learn and network, particularly after they have completed the 3 years of core PBIS instruction. Social media opportunities will really assist in providing ongoing positive opportunities for PBIS schools to interact, share resources/tips, and trouble shoot challenges with PBIS implementation and sustainability.
    • Robin Olberding
       
      I feel that you could be on 24/7. When I am taking a class or teaching one, I find myself checking in many times. That can be both good and bad.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • Chad Otdoerfer
       
      If any educator wants to improve they need to consider students feedback and data and improve upon their classroom practices. I think educators who do this become more effective then those who don't.
    • Robin Olberding
       
      I agree that we need to consider student feedback, but you need to look at all of the feedback and not zero in on 1 negative one. It is always helpful to re-evaluate our teaching periodically.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core
    • misti linn
       
      It is essential that we know what our districts goals are. technology should be infused whenever possible into classrooms. students are familiar with it and like to use it
    • Janet Boyd
       
      Alignment with the Iowa Core is imperative especially since the advent of the Common Core. It will ensure the rigor needed to ensure all students receive a quality education.
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a)
    • Bret Larson
       
      It is great to have a learning environment where the students and teachers are on the same page. Students need to work together amongst themselves, to learn collaborative techniques. It is also important to work with the teacher, so both teacher and student are getting the most out of the class. If the student works with the content this will ensure they are covering everything they need to.
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment
    • Bret Larson
       
      It is important that the teacher designs their course online correctly so the students can get the most out of the course. We should not just plan an online class to say we have done it, but rather make it appropriate to the level of the students, and the objectives you want them to complete.
  • Designs the structure of the course and the presentation of the content to best enhance student learning, including using unit/lesson overviews and reviews, using patterns in lesson sequencing, and using appropriate visual web design techniques
    • Deanna Tegeler
       
      This is why I am taking this course. I want to enhance my students learning and I feel that greater incorperation of technology will allow me to do that. I
    • Sarah Nemmers
       
      I agree I want to have students have a resource outside of the classroom to use to enhance their learning. Technology helps me do that and keeps their interest
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Ashlea Ahrenholtz
       
      The more that I discuss online learning, the more I think about the face-to-face teaching. I feel that this tows a fine line as we all have a variety of learners in our classroom. Balancing the face-to-face and online instruction is an element of teaching that also depends on the age level you are teaching. I think that the older the learners are, the more content they be exposed to online.
    • Jackie Fober
       
      I have appreciated the recent opportunities I have had to participate in face-to-face instruction that utilize on-line tools, like moodle. It has been a good way for me to transition to using on-line learning opportunities. I find that I continue to be a little more slow and cautious as I am taking and applying my new learning. I am motivated to push my learning by the fact that I see my MS and HS daughters jump into using web 2.0 tools with ease, and know that I must keep up with the times if I am going to cpntinue to be effective in engaging with student and adult learners in a much more technology-based world.
    • Robin Olberding
       
      In my on-line teaching, I still have one session that is face to face. I need that time to show equipment that I do not feel can be adequaately done on-line. That is the way that I still feel like I'm dabbling my feet in the water.
    • Cathy DeValk
       
      I've been looking at different stuctures, like the Khan Academy, which makes "face to face" more like "sitting next to" and doing work alongside--just a different viewpoint.
  • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction
    • Ashlea Ahrenholtz
       
      This benchmark is essential! Without setting and modeling clear expectation, the classroom atmosphere and learning experience will be choatic. Content and engagement are two addends to create learning. The sooner these elements are introduced to the students, the better the interaction will be for the students and the teacher.
    • misti linn
       
      the learning environment needs to be purposeful. i think many of use have tried to incorporate on line learning and it does become chaotic and like a game, when we want it to be purposeful and meaningful to students. setting clear expectations will help students understand that they are learning, just in a different way.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well (SREB E.5, Varvel I.B
    • Jeanine Kliefoth
       
      Understanding material on the internet is easy to access but is not necessarily "free" to use any way we want is important to understand. Teachers need to model this and teach the students copyright law and fair use.
    • Peggy Keegan
       
      I believe that we need to have a good understanding of fair use and intellectual property rights. Our students have to be taught how to be good digital citizens and follow the guidelines so that they can apply their digital literacy skills in all that they do. If we model these skills, then it shows our students how important it is to comply with the guidelines.
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      I very much want to comply with the "Law." But I found it difficult to know if some of the "images" I wanted to use were copyrighted.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      I am very curious to know how much the students will like to communicate with the teacher and themselves using on line learning.
    • Janet Boyd
       
      I too would like to know about this. I think learning needs to be collaborative. Collaboration would have to be very different. I find it overwhelming trying to collaborate here. It is like everyone is talking at once.
    • Kathy Hay
       
      I like the word "creates" used twice in this standard.  Teaching is more than a degree.  It is an art that combines compassion, passion for learning, and acceptance with the belief that everyone learns everyday!
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      I hope the students would appreciate the on line communication that takes place regarding each graded assignment! Teacher feedback SHOULD MOTIVATE THEM.
    • Lori Beltran
       
      Feedback is key, at all stages of learning, for all types of learners. Hopefully when students work online, they will access the feedback and refer to it during their learning process.
  • including rubrics for student performances and participation
    • Clint Luscombe
       
      However, most rubrics I see seem to be rather subjective. They use words like several, many, one page....without defining them with perhaps numbers!
    • marcia knupp
       
      Good rubrics are difficult to make and more so to keep relevant to what you want your participants to accomplish.
    • misti linn
       
      Rubrics make sense as a classroom teacher, so that students can see the highest expectations and the lowest grade they can earn. Rubrics for online learning are just as important.
    • Kristin Shelton
       
      Detailed rubrics outline or should outline what is expected so a student knows the expectations. The rubrics should be user friendly and easy to understand by the student and pass a stranger test (if another teacher read it, they would understand and be able to use it).
    • Peggy Keegan
       
      I feel that generating a good rubric is very difficult. It is important that we are tweak and change our rubrics so that our expectations are very clear for our students.
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught
    • anonymous
       
      How many times have you been asked to teach something and had to 'come up to speed' before you could do it?
    • Robin Olberding
       
      On the flip side, I work with teachers in the area of PE/special needs, who have no background and are unwilling to ask or accept assistance. It is not a reflection of them personally but in the student's best interest.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course
    • anonymous
       
      I think many times staff are overloaded with 'initiatives', asked to implement technology and lack the staff development they need, including practice time, to implement it, yet are expected to be able to assist the students with that technology. Many educators successfully implement new technologies, but have spent many, many hours of their own time making this happen.
    • marcia knupp
       
      I don't have a problem with my content or teaching it. I can definitely say problem solving the technology will be the most difficult part of teaching an on-line class.
    • Robin Olberding
       
      I agree with Marcia. I have a handle on the content that I am teaching but do not have the basic understanding myself to problem solve. Where is that warm body who understands when you need them?
  • how to teach the content
    • Annalisa Miner
       
      I think this standards gets to both sides of effecticve teaching. As Clair stated at the beginning of this standard, people are asked to teach content they have to 'get up to speed with' and then we have the other realm which I face frequently in my work with teachers...they know the content, but don't know how to make it comprehensible for student learning or how to deliver the content effectively.
    • Joan Fredrickson
       
      I agree. I think this is a process that will take some time and purposeful learning by the the teachers. Our school is implementing AIW, which seems to be on track with this.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies
    • Annalisa Miner
       
      Using data is so crucial in knowing what our students need. I can see where being knew to teaching on-line I will have a lot to learn about effectively using data to evauluate my on-line courses!
    • misti linn
       
      It makes sense that we continually use data to assess our effectiveness. This is the criteria we hold ourselves to in the face-to-face classroom, so it makes sense that data is used to show results in the online environment. Just because we like using technology, doesn't mean students are learning.
  • Demonstrates techniques for dealing with issues arising from inappropriate student technological use
    • anonymous
       
      This was not something we prepared for in my Math Methods class, circa 1986. The PC had been invented, but barely.
    • Carol Price
       
      #8: Rather than dealing with "issues arising from inappropriate student technological use," this standard should encourage a proactive approach with prevention as the focus. Clearly defined expectations of how students will handle the equipment to using online resources should be established as part of the instructional protocol.
    • Katie Gavin
       
      Website specific to Iowa Online Teaching Standards, important for accountability and consistent communication about what quality teaching looks like no matter what the platform!
  • Demonstrates growth in technology kno
    • Lori Beltran
       
      As educators, we need to stay ahead of the game, we must stay current with emerging technologies, but I don't think all schools are requiring teachers to stay current in technology and use technology with their students and their learning.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      Staying current in online technology and face to face methods plus the curriculum is a daunting task, but most teachers are meeting the challenges.
    • Staci Mangrich
       
      I agree that teachers need to be required to stay up to date with the ever changing technology. It is the method that our students love and are engaged in.
    • Peggy Keegan
       
      As educators, we do need to stay current with emerging technologies because our students are using every new thing they can get their hands on. We need to be comfortable and familliar with these technologies so we can help students learn in the way they know best.
  • emonstrates ethical conduct as defined by state law and local policies or procedures (ITS 8.a, ITS 8.b)
    • Katie Gavin
       
      Standard 8 a is critical, I find that too often many don't think about the consequences of their on-line behavior and we are not always doing a great job of teaching ethics with students.  
  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused (SREB C.5, Varvel V.I)
    • Jackie Fober
       
      Promoting opportunities to collaborate and support each other is so important in PBIS implementation. Learning and incorporating my new skills in Ollie will be critical in order to align with Iowa Teaching Standards and utilize web 2.0 tools to enhance adult learning.
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  • student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses
    • Lisa Wymore
       
      Providing oportunities and tools to support metacognition are key to motivation and learning.
    • Christine Quisley
       
      There can not just be one type of online strategy used. We must use the tools appropratly and efficently. When I plan professional development I try very hard to meet the needs of my learners no matter what my comfort level may be, of course the more I try new facilation techniques the better I get at using them. I think technology strategies and techniques should not be any different.
    • marcia knupp
       
      I couldn't agree more that we need to meet the students where they are and take them to where they need to be. I would say that the participants that are more advanced in technology will be the ones who keep me awake at night trying to meet their needs.
    • Christine Quisley
       
      Exactly! We must make clear what we will and will not except as appropriate pieces of social interaction. Posting "I agree" is sometimes appropriate and sometimes not.
  • Creates or selects multiple assessment instruments that are appropriate for online learning
    • Sherry Huffman
       
      This standard is of particular interest to me considering the content we are focusing on for this class-- it is a CONVERSATIONAL model. So, I am still thinking through the best way to assess my participant's progress with the model using technology.
  • learning outcomes and expectations
    • Sherry Huffman
       
      I need to continuously refer back to this one. What is the PURPOSE? What is the INTENDED LEARNING? Not, what cool stuff can I put online for my class...
    • Chris Mangrich
       
      This is a reminder for me as well! I get excited about new tools and resources and sometimes forge ahead with using them BEFORE I consider what I want students to learn. I need to put that in "reverse"!
    • Cathy DeValk
       
      So important that students and educators are on the same page--meeting expectations on both ends.
    • Janet Boyd
       
      Expected learning goals need to be the driving force when we design a course.
  • the professional teaching standards established by a state-licensing agency, or has the academic credentials in the field in which he or she is teaching (SREB A.1, Varvel II.A)
    • misti linn
       
      it makes sense that someone should have teaching credentials, I know this may sounds silly, but everything on the web cannot be trusted as true or credible, so should the person teaching the content have to prove or display their credentials somewhere?
  • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict
    • misti linn
       
      I would hope that conflict could be kept to a minimum, but I suppose with some content or student groups, conflict could crop up. I could see this potentially happening with high school or college students, even though I don't think that other groups could be immune to it.
  • Establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the internet and written communication
    • misti linn
       
      this is a must for 8th grade students who need to know how to use the Internet appropriately. i would hate to see students bully eachother in an on line environment that is supposed to be purely academic, not like facebook which is social
    • Staci Mangrich
       
      All students need to know the expectations and be taught appropriate netiquette.
    • jendittmer
       
      I believe that this should be explicitly taught to all students.  I think that often times teachers think that students know what is appropriate and what is not, but I am not so sure that is the case.   
    • Carol Price
       
      #7: This is a very appropriate standard because teachers who teach online will have first been students themselves.
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
  • Has knowledge of and informs student of their rights to privacy and the conditions under which their work may be shared with others (SRE
    • Carol Price
       
      #8: I wonder why no one selected this standard. One cannot enter a doctor's office today without being informed of one's privacy rights. It seems appropriate that an online teacher includes privacy rights and regulations in instructional content.
  • 5. Creates and implements a variety of assessments that meet course learning goals and provide data to improve student progress and course instruction (ITS 5)
    • Janell Wright
       
      These seem to be a good hallmark for all instruction whether online or face-to-face
  • inappropriate student technological use
    • Janell Wright
       
      With the rise of cyberbullying, I think that this becomes especially important. Instructors must find a way to ensure this is not happening with their students.
  • students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • Janell Wright
       
      I think in some instances this could pose a real challenge. Not seeing students face-to-face could add to the challenges for these online learners with special needs.
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to students
    • Peggy Keegan
       
      Communication is key when letting stduents know what your expectations are of them.
    • Janet Boyd
       
      Essential to student learning and monitoring student progress. Vital for formative assessment.
  • in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • Mary Blaisdell
       
      This is a tricky one. Who can keep up with the seemingly endless new technology tools? It's an important thing, though, to keep trying because new and better tools keep rolling in for us to possibly do our jobs even better with students.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds,
    • Mary Blaisdell
       
      I am beginning to get the picture that online instruction is one way we can do just this...meet the various needs of students. We are better able to differentiate because of the multitude of resources at our fingertips.
    • Janet Boyd
       
      It is important to select online sources that align and enhance the Iowa Core.
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
    • Janet Boyd
       
      Assessment is a big concern for me. It is so key to the learning. I just watched a TED video on online education by Daphne Koller called: What we're learning from online education. The have these huge online courses where they use peer assessments. Interesting if you have time to watch.
  • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A)
  • 4Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • 4Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V) • 1Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A) • 1Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and 1
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V) • 1 Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A)
    • barb jens
       
      After having been on online student and now an instructor, you really have to learn how to teach differently. It seems that while you are planning a class you have to predict all of the possible instructions that a variety of learners may not understand. Since you do not have immediate feedback as you would with face-to-face instruction, you really have to be more deliberate. You also have to be checking your class to see how you need to differentiate to meet their needs.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • 1 Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A)
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • denise carlson
       
      Certainly and important bullet point! However, from personal experience, I would say this happens over time. The more online learning/teaching experiences you have provide you with clarity regarding the differences in these two teaching venues. I think I learned as much about great and not-so-great online teaching from my experience as an online learner as I did from my few experiences as an online instructor. 
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
    • russelljohanna
       
      I think it is an important point that quality teaching, even online, requires the teacher to respond to data. A course cannot just be packaged. Quality teaching using data and FAs is the expectation. 
  • corporates social aspects into the teaching and learning process, creating a community of learners (ITS 6)
    • russelljohanna
       
      Another important point, for me, is how important it is to create a community of learners. Students need to know each other, even if it is online. Quality learning doesn't happen in isolation because feedback challenges our assumptions.
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    This seems to be exactly what we are trying to do.
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    I feel this is especially important as many or my students have much more experience with learning on-line than I do. They may not have taken a course of study this way yet, but they are more familiar with gathering information with this medium than I have.
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    I am very glad that I am taking a moodle course online before I am having my students do this because it allows me to see the stumbling blocks as well as the potential for expanded learning.
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    I am learning so much about what I thought I knew about online learning and how it's actually occurring. I appreciate the fact that I can access prior assignments, information and tutorials to refresh and clarify my learning.
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    There is a delicate balance of what tools to use and how to utilize them so all students can achieve. It is important to use tools that help students further investigate and gain a deeper knowledge of the subject.
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    I can so relate to this standard whenever i am navigating the waters of change. It is always exciting to entertain new ideas and to learn about different approaches, but such is not without a bit of stress. Recognizing that transitions aren't always clean or easy helps me move forward.
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    Learning needs to be continuous and with variety. A teacher needs to experience what it is like to be a student periodically to continue developing and renewing the skill of empathy.
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  • Maintains an online social presence
    • Jean Bontemps
       
      This phrase always makes me nervous today. I am definately on the side of cautious about how much you interact with students socially online. Even the phrase "online social presence" isn't clear on what that means.
    • Nicholas O'Brien
       
      I agree, every other day there is some hullabaloo about interacting with students or privacy issues. I really wish there was a little more clarity out there about social media and educators.
    • Perry Bekkerus
       
      Agreed:  I've been communicating via Facebook with students for years, and have been using text messages for longer than that.  Students don't use emails anymore.  But then this fall, we were told that any texts to students need to be also sent to our AD.  What a waste of time.  And now we're going to set students up with their own gmail accounts???  We need to be giving them a lot more leeway with their cellphones and social networking sites.
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • Jean Bontemps
       
      I think we are definatley getting that right now! I love learning more about online tools for students, but I do feel a little overwhelmed about the amount of information and how to use it best in my classroom.
    • Nicholas O'Brien
       
      Agreed, there is a lot of stuff out there to keep track of, but at least as students we don't have to get it perfect. That's one of the up sides of being a student after all.
    • Janelle Schorg
       
      So much to learn. Need to pcik a focus and stick with it.
    • Rachael Woodley
       
      I like being in the student's position so I can catch the pitfalls and hangups that will frustrate on-line learners. Hopefully, this will help me make a clear focus and transitions in on-line classes that I build
    • Perry Bekkerus
       
      Being a student within this course has definitely opened my eyes as to what makes sense and what is difficult to follow...
    • Lynn Eastman
       
      Amen Perry! I think Moodle could be an entire coursework of class. I'd like to see our tech offerings to students get more up-to-date than simple word processing. The applications classes should also be more oriented to Google Docs, etc...
  • • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching, including course management software (CMS) and synchronous/asynchronous communication tools (chat, email, web 2.0, videoconferencing, webinar, whiteboard, etc.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
    • Nicholas O'Brien
       
      Well, this standard pretty much sums up why I am taking this course.
    • Heidi Reichart
       
      I agree. I think more information on creating an annotation was needed. I spent WAY too long messing with this.
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  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • Nicholas O'Brien
       
      Demonstrating growth isn't too tough, but picking the right emerging tech is.
    • Heidi Reichart
       
      With the thousands of tools out there, we can't try them all.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      Even when we find a technolgy we like the time involved to develop for just class is huge.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A)
    • Heidi Reichart
       
      I don't think many teachers realize how difficult it is to monitor students online.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
    • Heidi Reichart
       
      I need to learn this myself to be able to assist students.
    • Janelle Schorg
       
      This would be a good opportunity to use recorded screencasts so students can watch it over and over.
    • A Hughes
       
      Diigo has a lot of potential. I wish that this was like Zotero and would do a bibliographic citation with my note.
    • Lynn Eastman
       
      I like the biliographic citation idea. I also wish the students had options to take courses like this during the academic year.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • Janelle Schorg
       
      I need to post the expectations as outlined in my syllabus into my moodle course.
  • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory
    • Janelle Schorg
       
      My students (teachers) are having a hard time with maneuvering around moodle.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      I am glad I am not trying to teach and use Moodle at the same time. I am having a hard time maneuvering around Moodle, too.
  • 4. Understands and uses instructional pedagogy that is appropriate for the online environment and meets the multiple learning needs of students (ITS 4)
    • Gayle Olson
       
      I think this whole section is critical! A friend of mine has taken a couple of online classes from a jr. college in another state. While the courses had instructors, they were mostly all automated. The instructor told the students there is nothing she/he can do to effect the grade (all automated online tests) or even help them understand what they did wrong. Just because something can be put online doesn't mean it is good quality learning. A course MUST be designed differently for online.
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content
    • Gayle Olson
       
      One of my favorite sayings is that "None of us is as smart as all of us." When it comes to professional development, there is so much that the partcipants can learn from each other! Creating a professional learning community online takes effort. I think this will be one of my greatest challenges.
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment (SREB C.1, SREB G.6, Varvel V.C, ITS 3.d, ITS 4.b)
    • Gayle Olson
       
      Staying on top of this one will be a major effort - very connected to "7. Engages in professional growth". This will be something that is always ongoing, never finished.
    • Rachael Woodley
       
      I agree, constant changing and revision. Online learning is a very fluid medium as well and ever updating
  • • Creates or selects multiple assessment instruments that are appropriate for online learning
    • Rachael Woodley
       
      I think moodle does a better job of allowing multiple assessment techniques. We are kind of stuck with what we get from the PLATO program
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • Lynn Eastman
       
      This used to be just the "sped" part of my job, but now we are all expected (rightfully) to differentiate.
    • Rachael Woodley
       
      In my experience on-line learning actually makes this part of the job much easier. You can build in visuals, audio, and other instructional strategies and the students can spend as much time on them as they need to
  • Demonstrates techniques for dealing with issues arising from inappropriate student technological use (SREB E.7)
    • Lynn Eastman
       
      This is getting more and more difficult as the immersion in technology continues. Students need direct instruction in ethics and technology, and heavy consequences need to be clearly stated by school boards for violations.
  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
    • Rachael Woodley
       
      Very easy to use assement data and go back to "reteach" when the students can keep reviewing and make sure they've got the concept.
    • Perry Bekkerus
       
      Fair use and intellectual property rights have become so narrowly defined that practically everyone violates them in the education world.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Perry Bekkerus
       
      This is especially tricky when it comes to music--finding resources and designing resources that are appropriate and useful to enhance learning in music, especially at an appropriate level.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      Aren't there some things that don't work well with technology? And isn't that O.K.?
  • integrity
    • Perry Bekkerus
       
      This is crucial for technology to remain a useful tool.  It is why so many teachers do not allow Wikipedia.
  • 4. Understands and uses instructional pedagogy that is appropriate for the online environment and meets the multiple learning needs of students (ITS 4) •
    • A Hughes
       
      Online learning works well with videos and pictures to illustrate the content. Uploading word documents that have been used in face to face content does not work well. The content needs to be transformed to a "lesson" format with font changes and graphics.
  • • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face (SREB C.1, Varvel V)
  • • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • A Hughes
       
      Multiple methods of communication with the instructor are important in an online course. My outgoing e-mail was blocked for several weeks but Judy found other ways via Moodle to contact me.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      I think expectations need to be posted more often than as an overview /orientation.
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      Expectaions need to be posted more often than just at the beginning.
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth (SREB L.1, ITS 7.b)
    • Lylia Chaffin
       
      Net working with other teachers helps for personal development as well as professional. Others can really help problem solve.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well (SREB E.5, Varvel I.B)
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    I am trying to post a comment under the "maintains an online social presence...". This is difficult to do considering the situations that can happen when teachers and students communicate together thru various websites... It doesn't take too many days of watching the news to find another incident of inappropriateness between teacher and student.
Jamie Fath

ollie1 (Peterman): Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 28 views

  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • Gary Garles
       
      This is the part that I need to spend a lot of time on...
    • ronda fey
       
      I agree. I need to first understand the tools available from a student's point of view before I can bring it into the classroom.
    • Paloma Soria
       
      Yes, it is a very good personal experience.
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I think that taking online courses ourselves humbles us and helps us to empathize with our students who experience problems with online learning.
    • Steve Leach
       
      Each time I come to this class, I am engaged in a riveting conflict that involves the following extremes: the fear of being a miserable failure vs. the thrill of successully participating online in a manner that I did not even know exsted two weeks ago.
    • Elizabeth VanDeHey
       
      Working as a student in an online course is so beneficial to those who will later be an instructor in an online course! I believe it provides instructors with empathy and an understanding that it will not be easy for every student and the challenges will vary with each technology tool!
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      I agree that this is a humbling experience.
    • Mari Haley
       
      I think this would be such a plus. I always thought my best early childhood college instructors were those that had had experience in an elementary classroom
    • Jonathan Wylie
       
      As educators, perhaps we should be doing more to experience what our lessons are like from a learner's point of view, and I mean online and offline. We would learn a lot from this.
    • Catherine Leipold
       
      I agree with so many of the comments in this section. It is beneficial to be attempting an online class before presenting an online class. (Or hybrid) And it is good to recall what our students will feel - the 'riveting conflict' as described by Steve Leach is something good to experience.
    • Catherine Leipold
       
      Being able to understand the issues students have with respect to the online presentations can help us 'fine-tune' our lessons. It can perhaps motivate us to search for easier programs or give ideas we can suggest to the publishers of our favorite program to make them work better. It is a humbling experience to jump from feeling like you know what you are doing to being totally 'lost'.
    • manderson34
       
      Frankly, it's fun to be a student when a lesson is engaging and hits our optimal zone of learning and challenge, but on the flip side if a lesson is poorly conceived it is difficult, even for an adult, to stay focused. It is important to put ourselves in the shoes of students in order to grow as educators. Reflection is so important.
    • meliathompson
       
      I think this is very important. One of the reasons I want to get involved in creating my own online course is because I enjoyed being a student and taking classes online. I feel like I know some of the criteria and how to navigate somewhat around an online course that will help me relate to my students. I always like to emphasize to my student whether in the classroom or adult students, that I am sure there will be times when we are going to be learning together.
    • ronda fey
       
      Being able to be in contact with the instructor (and other students) is imparative during an online course.
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I agree, Ronda. Students, especially those new to online learning or using a new online platform, need that instructor support to avoid becoming too frustrated. Also, contact with other students helps students to learn from each other.
    • Steve Leach
       
      I am one of those students who is new to online learning. On a daily basis, I use face-to-face contact in order to succeed, so this is a very challenging way for me to learn. I am encouraged to know that my instructor and my classmates are there to help me when I have a simple question or am feeling overwhelmed by how much I don't know.
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      This is crucial. Technology is only a vehicle to learning. If the process is too difficult students won't be spending that time on the content.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      Karen, it is nice to know there is a troubleshooting area in online classes and other students to ask questions of.  It is a new way of accessing when we can't see the person on the other end.
    • ronda fey
       
      It is important for instructors to be able to use technology to better prepare out students
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      The challenge is staying current because the technology emerges so quickly.
    • Jamie Van Horn
       
      I agree, it is very hard to keep up and stay current with all of the new and better programs that are constantly emerging. It seems like the students are one step ahead all of the time since they are so comfortable with technology.
    • tamela hatcher
       
      I agree Jamie, it is a challenge for teachers to stay current on technology as it changes so fast.  School age kids can fit new technology quickly into their skill set because they have always had technology in their life.
    • cvryhof
       
      I agree the technology changes so fast that for teachers it is more difficult to 'keep up'. I wonder if we get used to one site that works and we get comfortable and we don't keep looking for new ideas or sites to improve our teaching.
    • Steven Sand
       
      With my students, we feel more of a responsibility to expose them to educational sites. The population I teach is comfortable with tech, but using it in an educational setting is were they struggle.
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    • Paloma Soria
       
      I have been teaching my subject for twelve years now, but do I know how to demonstrate competence in content knowledge using technology?
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
    • Paloma Soria
       
      It is my wish that this class will help me to assist my students with technology as we move to 1:1 school, next year.
    • Steve Leach
       
      Paloma, Does 1:1 mean that every student will have a laptop or some other form of technology available for every class period?
    • jwest70
       
      I would also like to be more technology literate after this course.  While I will not be teaching an online course, I will be enhancing my classroom courses with online resources. 
    • Paloma Soria
       
      I am thinking about the importance of collaboration with other teachers and the help of the school's IT Department to help us growing technologically.
    • Steven Sand
       
      I think collaboration is very important. I'm the only social studies teacher in the middle school level at my school. I love getting together with other middle school social studies teachers and pitching around ideas of what we're using tech wise in class.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • Paloma Soria
       
      I wanted to say THANK YOU! to Nancy for doing a great job communicating with all of us, effectively and consistently. Great example in teaching us how to create a community of learners.
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      Yes, Paloma. Nancy is a great example. I took another course with her and was very encouraged when I communicated my frustration.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I believe one key to student success in any course is getting them off to a good start. A good overview/orientation is essential so that students know what they will be learning and what will be required of them.
    • Steve Leach
       
      I agree, Charmaine. I found the "Topic 1 Pacing Chart" to be especially helpful last week. I printed it and used check marks to keep track of my progress.
    • Gary Garles
       
      Having one place with all assignments listed by due date was a feature of all my classes. I would continue thta in this context.
    • Steven Sand
       
      This is a must with the population that I teach. We have a high ELL group (many children of first generation immigrants). Have detailed explainitions, not only at the beginning, but throughout any activity or class is needed.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • Charmaine Carney
       
      I think that understanding these differences is essential. What works in one environment may not work in the other. Taking our face-to-face course work and merely putting it online may not be effective nor desirable.
    • Steve Leach
       
      As a newcomer to online learning, I believe the directions need to be incredibly explicit because the students don't necessarily "see" what the instructor sees, and the instructor isn't standing in the same room as the learner with the ability to just point at the concept that is causing the confusion.
    • Gary Garles
       
      Yes, and I had a glitch that prevented me from seeing these notes earlier, and that was very frustrating. Have to allow for tech issues.
    • Karen Hobbs
       
      Being a student in this class gives me an opportunity to experience what my students may encounter. I am presently working from three different computers and each one works (or doesn't) a little differently.
    • barb jens
       
      From my perspective, I feel that you need to be an online student yourself first before you can design and guide an online class. Being a student gives you the understanding and need to predict student needs when designing online instructions that are different and more challenging than face-to-face instruction. It initially takes more time to design online instruction than face-to-face
    • Mari Haley
       
      This is definitely something to think about. Some things would be similar, but others would be very different. I've taught face-to-face classes with adults, but never online
    • Diane Jackson
       
      I agree with you Mari. I believe it is very beneficial to be an online student first before you design your own course. I have worked on a course this year, but am learning so many different ways to present information and engage students by taking this course. I think this will make the course I have been working on more rigorous and engaging to the course participants.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the courseþff
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students (SREB A.3, Varvel II.A, ITS 2.a)
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students
    • Steve Leach
       
      At my school, North Polk, we are currently discussing how we teachers must be constantly adjusting the strategies we use to teach so that we are better able to meet the needs of all learners. It is not enough to know our curriculum; we must be able to deliver it successfully too.
    • andersonlisa
       
      This is so true! Quality teaching will have the most impact on student achievement - not resources, class sizes or the use of technology.
    • joycevermeer
       
      I appreciate the 2nd half of this statement most--understands HOW to teach the content to students. We must be developing 21st century skills through all content learning and that doesn't happen by using 19th century teaching methods. Cooperative learning and deep thinking needs to occur.