I had the good fortune of addressing a group of high school teachers yesterday morning as a kick-off for their venture into e-Learning. They came from various high schools in a section of the state where there are declining high school enrollments and ever-increasing encroachment from online high schools in the state and beyond. This is really a visionary journey that they are embarking on as they are not trying to create a charter school, or a private school, but rather create e-learning opportunities for the students in their district while still operating as the existing high schools in the district.
In this first set of slides I'll show the information that I gathered from them at the beginning of the presentation. I wanted to know a little bit more about them, about their hopes and fears, and about their expectations for what their experiences will be with online learning. My presentation came at the beginning of a two-day professional development opportunity where they were going to get a crash course in online teaching and learning. (Click the green Play triangle to hear the narration)
Here are a few of the most interesting (to me) take-aways from this group:
- 39% say they are excited about this new adventure, but 61% say they are either tentative or terrified.
- 41% say that they expect the online students to be isolated from their peers, but only 10% say that they expect the online teachers to be isolated from their peers.
- 41% say that they expect the online students to learn less than other students.
- 48% say that they expect online students to spend less time on task than other students.
- 66% expect to work harder than they ever have before.