State Standards For Distance Education

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State Standards

For

Distance Education

(EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2000-2001 SCHOOL YEAR AND THEREAFTER)

Louisiana Department of Education

Cecil J. Picard, Superintendent

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Ms. Glenny Lee Buquet

President

3

rd

District

Ms. Donna Contois

1

st

District

Dr. James Stafford

5

th

District

Dr. John Bertrand

7

th

District

Mr. Gerald Dill

Member-at-Large

Mr. Paul Pastorek

Member-at-Large

Mr. Keith Johnson

Secretary-Treasurer

2

nd

District

Mr. Walter Lee

4

th

District

Dr. Richard Musemeche

6

th

District

Ms. Linda Johnson

8

th

District

Ms. Leslie Jacobs

Member-at-Large

Ms. Weegie Peabody

Executive Director

State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

For additional information about the Standards for Distance Education, contact Sheila Talamo

Louisiana Center for Educational Technology Louisiana Department of Education

2758-D Brightside Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70820

stalamo@lcet.state.la.us or 225-763-5575 or visit the web site at http://www.lcet.doe.state.la.us

This public document was published at a cost of ___ per copy by the State Department of Education to provide assistance with distance education to teachers and administrators in LEAs, under authority of R. S. 17:22. This material was printed in accordance with the standards for printing by state agencies established pursuant to R.S. 43:31.

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MISSION

This document is a framework for developing and implementing quality distance education programs based upon learning, research, dialogue, and practice.

PHILOSOPHY

Distance education provides instruction to individual learners who are separated from their teachers by space and/or time. Correspondence courses, with students and teachers communicating to a large extent through the mail, are one of the earliest forms of distance learning experiences. The world of distance learning expanded with the advent of satellite and computer audio-graphic technologies. Over the past ten years, thousands of Louisiana students have experienced distance learning through the 8(g) funded Statewide Distance Learning Network (SDLN). Satellite-delivered courses (SERC, StarNet, and PeachStar) and Telelearning courses (Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts) are the current core of the SDLN.

Emerging technologies, such as the Internet and video conferencing, provide new opportunities of distance learning. Web-based instruction, compressed and IP

videoconferencing instruction, satellite-delivered, and web-supported instruction will expand the walls of the traditional school. These new technologies make possible interactive and authentic learning experiences and increase collaboration between teacher and learner -- in effect, creating a virtual classroom.

To ensure high quality education programs through available technology, Distance Education Standards have been developed. These Standards support the core beliefs set forth by the state educational technology goal: “All educators and learners will have access to technologies that are effective in improving student achievement.” They also align with the mission of the State Content Standards: “To develop rigorous and challenging standards that will enable all students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens of the 21st century.” These standards are designed to guide the

development and implementation of a distance education program at the system and school level.

The Louisiana Content Standards Initiative recognizes technology as a valuable tool in the education process. Establishing guidelines for educational technology and for secondary computer/technology courses will enhance the effective integration of technology in standards-based curricula.

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Standard 1: Foundations for a Standards-Based Distance Education Program Standard 2: Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators: Bulletin 741 Standard 3: Development of Standards-Based Distance Education Program Distance Education

(Effective for the 2000-2001 school year and thereafter)

Local Distance Education Programs shall support the State Content Standards Initiatives.

1.1 Distance education programs shallsupport the mission of the standards-based initiatives: “to develop rigorous and challenging standards that will enable all Louisiana students to become

lifelong learners and productive citizens for the 21st century”;

1.2 Distance education courses shall incorporate the Foundation Skills of the State Content Standards (Communication, Problem Solving, Resource Access and Utilization, Linking and Generating

Knowledge, and Citizenship).

Distance education shall comply with all policies set forth by the SBESE as stated in current Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators: Bulletin 741.

Development of Standards-Based Distance Education Program:

Responsibilities of the Receiving LEA or School (A "receiving" LEA or School is defined as any LEA or school that has students enrolled in courses via

distance learning.)

3.1 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that each distance education course is provided by an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body or is authorized by the LEA or SEA;

3.2 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that the content, instruction and assessment of each distance education course are comparable in rigor and breadth to a traditionally delivered course;

3.3 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that instruction is provided by certified teachers with appropriate credentials;

3.4 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that all students enrolled in a distance learning course are provided with the necessary course materials, textbooks, and technical support.

3.5 The receiving LEA shall evaluate the effectiveness of each distance education course received in the district.

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Standard 4: Management and Administration

Responsibilities of the Provider of any Distance Learning Course (A provider

could be an LEA, school, agency, or educational organization.)

3.6 The provider shall define minimum prerequisite technology

competencies for student participation in distance education courses if such competencies are required for course access;

3.7 The provider shall identify and provide necessary and relevant

resources, including, but not limited to, research information, periodicals, supplemental materials and/or extension resources;

3.5 The provider shall ensure that teachers delivering instruction in distance education courses use a variety of methods to assess student mastery of the content as reflected in the Louisiana Content Standards;

3.6 The provider shall ensure that teachers delivering instruction in distance education courses provide timely and informative feedback for support and remediation;

3.7 The provider shall provide a complete syllabus prior to course implementation;

3.8 The provider shall provide course content that is systematically

designed, clearly written and revised based on student performance and feedback;

3.9 The provider shall provide courses which are designed

• to engage students in learning activities based on various learning styles and

• to accommodate individual differences, including student disabilities; 3.10 The provider shall ensure that all course content complies with

copyright fair use laws and policies;

3.11 The provider shall ensure that instruction provides opportunities for student-to-teacher and student-to-student interaction;

Management and Administration:

Responsibilities of the Receiving LEA or school

4.1 The receiving LEA or school shall judiciously address issues relative to course load and student-teacher ratio as appropriate for the particular method of delivery and particular course content and as recommended in the Louisiana Distance Education Handbook;

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4.3 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that a facilitator who is a qualified teacher is assigned to each student participating in distance education courses;

4.4 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that the facilitator adheres to guidelines stated in the Louisiana Distance Education Handbook;

4.5 The receiving LEA or school shall ensure that the facilitator is provided adequate technical support to ensure ease of use for faculty and students;

4.6 The receiving LEA or school shall provide adequate and appropriate technical support to students and facilitator;

4.7 The receiving LEA shall provide the facilitator ongoing staff development to support distance education courses technically and instructionally;

4.8 The receiving LEA shall ensure that students have appropriate and adequate access to equipment required for course participation;

Responsibilities of the Provider

4.9 The provider shall judiciously address issues relative to course load and student-teacher ratio as appropriate for the particular method of delivery and particular course content and as recommended in the Louisiana Distance Education Handbook;

4.10 The provider shall ensure that the teacher providing instruction adheres to guidelines stated in the Louisiana Distance Education Handbook;

4.11 The provider shall ensure that the teacher providing instruction is provided adequate technical support to ensure ease of use for faculty and students;

4.12 The provider shall furnish training and/or support in designing course content to fit the delivery methods proposed for distance education courses;

Responsibilities of the Teacher

4.13 The teacher delivering instruction and the facilitator shall be responsible for verifying student participation and performance;

4.14 The teacher delivering instruction shall provide alternate course procedures and activities for use in case of technical problems when technical problems prevent normal course delivery;

4.15 The teacher delivering instruction shall maintain a secure environment which includes, but is not limited to, monitoring online discussions and other instructional activities;

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Standard 5: Technical

4.16 The teacher delivering instruction shall practice ethical and legal use of equipment;

Responsibilities of the Facilitator

4.17 The facilitator shall practice ethical and legal use of equipment;

4.18 The teacher delivering instruction and the facilitator shall be responsible for verifying student participation and performance;

4.19 The facilitator shall implement alternate course procedures and activities when technical problems prevent normal course delivery;

4.20 The facilitator shall maintain secure environments, including, but not limited to, monitoring online discussions and other instructional activities as they occur in the classroom as directed by the teacher delivering instruction;

Specifications:

5.1 The receiving LEA shall provide students enrolled in distance education courses technical access which meets specifications in the Louisiana Distance Education Handbook;

5.2 The receiving LEA shall provide instructional and communication hardware which meets current industry standards;

5.3 The receiving LEA shall provide adequate funding for hardware maintenance;

5.4 The receiving LEA shall provide immediate and sustained technical support.

Technical access includes, but is not limited to, 1) a viewing screen which is large enough for all students to have unobstructed views; 2) sound which can be clearly heard by all students; 3) equitable use of computers and peripherals required for participation in the course. See the Louisiana Distance Education Handbook.

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Committee for Advancing Technology Standards (CATS) Steering Committee

Sheryl Abshire, Committee Chairperson District Technology Coordinator Calcasieu Parish Schools

Richard Loftin, Director of External Affairs Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts

Nancy Beben, Mathematics Program Manager Louisiana Department of Education

Kathy Mouton, English Language Arts Program Manager Louisiana Department of Education

Margaret Curette, Educational Technology Specialist

Louisiana Department of Education Maureen Nesser, Network Administrator Louise S. McGehee School

Joana Dieterich, Educational Technology Specialist Louisiana Department of Education

Everett Parker, Educational Technology Specialist Louisiana Department of Education

Jennifer Falls, Standards Supervisor

Louisiana Department of Education Alita Robertson, Educational Technology Consultant Louisiana Department of Education

Carl Gaines, District Technology Coordinator St. Bernard Parish Schools

Sheila Talamo, Asst. Director Instructional Technology Louisiana Department of Education

Mary Handayan, District Technology Coordinator St. Landry Parish

Marilee Waguespack, LACUE President Orleans Parish Schools

Rhonda Lee, District Technology Coordinator

St. James Parish Sonja Webb, Instructional Technology Specialist Caddo Parish Schools

Carol Whelan, Director of Technology Louisiana Department of Education

Committee for Advancing Technology Standards (CATS) Distance Learning Task Force Committee

Kim Fossey, Chairperson

LSU College of Education Dr. Timothy Gilbert, Supervisor of Technology Bossier Parish Schools

Mr. Mike Abbiatti, Assoc. Commissioner for Info. and Learning Tech. Board of Regents

Mary Handayan, Technology Coordinator St. Landry Parish Schools

Sheryl Abshire, Technology Coordinator

Calcasieu Parish Schools David Hooper, Technology Coordinator Allen Parish Schools

Dr. Betsy Almerico, Technology Coordinator

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center – Region I

Janet LaBruyere, Librarian Webster Parish Schools

David Beste

Secondary Standards K-12

Kim LeBlanc, Teacher Calcasieu Parish Schools

Dr. Steve Bett, Director

Telelearning, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Dr. Don Litton, Principal Red River Parish Schools

Melissa Bahlinger

LSU – Computing Services

Dr. Richard Loftin, Director of External Affairs Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

John Chambers – Educational Service

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Leinda Peterman, Director America 2000 Challenge Grant, Concordia Parish Schools

Billy Crawford, Assistant Superintendent Louisiana State Department of Education

Catherine Rankin, Teacher Sabine Parish Schools

Margaret Curette, Educational Technology Specialist

Louisiana State Department of Education Helen Ware, Distance Learning Coordinator McNeese State University

Dr. Jennifer Falls, Standards and Assessment Louisiana State Department of Education

Dr. Carol Whelan, Director of Technology Louisiana State Department of Education

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