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Perspectives from State Special Education Directors on Online Learning (White Paper Series)

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

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The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has surveyed state directors of special education regarding online learning and has released a short white paper, available for free download here.

In September 2013, the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities surveyed state directors of special education regarding: 1) their states’ guidance; 2) disability categories represented in online learning; 3) related services provided online; 4) assurance of privacy, accommodations, a range of digital content, and the probability of student online success; and 5) perception of the importance of promising practices for this population in online settings.

In general, findings suggest that state directors of special education believed that their states do not provide guidance around the topic of students with disabilities in online learning; many states do not collect data on which students with disabilities participate in online learning and therefore many state directors do not know if all disability areas are represented in online learning; speech-language services are the related service most often provided online; most respondents did not know if their online programs ensured privacy, provided accommodations, or provided a range of digital content; most were not aware of the probability of students’ success in online settings; and many respondents were not aware of the importance of some foundational practices for online learning programs; such as flexibility, sense of community, student orientation, allowance for choice, adult guidance, combining online learning with other activities, and building adaptive learning into the online system.

Webinars For Teachers #4

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

The Center on Online Learning’s fourth and final webinar for the 2013-14 school year was presented by our very own Dr. Jamie Basham. He presented on “Tech and Apps to Address STEM in Online Learning for Students with Disabilities.” He described how Universal Design for Learning applied to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), can help teachers (and students) become “learning engineers.” He described the UDL instruction planning process and provided some great potential tools to use including iTunesU, iBooks, MyScript Calculator, Videolicious, and many other resources. Jamie left the audience with lots of tools, ideas, and directions to explore to move their STEM instruction forward.

 Webinar #4 Video Transcript|PowerPoint|PDF

Background on Webinars for Teacher

The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities conducts annual nationwide surveys with various groups, including teachers, administrators, students and parents. In order to get surveys from each state, teachers from every state have volunteered to distribute the surveys to appropriate persons. As one way to express our appreciation to these teachers, we are providing live webinars on topics in which they are instrested. These webinars will be archived and available on the Center’s website.

The scheduled webinars are:

November 14, 2013
Social Skills and Mobile Apps,
Dr. Sean Smith, University of Kansas

January 21, 2014
The Ins and Outs of iPads for Students with Disabilities
Dr. Dan Pollitt, University of Kansas

March 3, 2014
UDL and the Online Class for Students with Disabilities
Skip Stahl, CAST

April 2, 2014
Apps and Tech Solutions for Students with Disabilities in STEM
Dr. Jamie Basham, University of Kansas

You can find webinar recordings and links to additional resources shortly after each is presented live.

Webinars For Teachers #3

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

During our third of four webinars for teachers this year our own Survey Facilitators, Tracy Parent and her colleage Venetia Vaselopulos, from Illinois presented on collaboration in online learning using Edmodo and Schoology. Then Skip Stahl of CAST presented on “Universal Design for Learning in Online Learning for Students with Disabilities”. He discussed some of the accessibility work that the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has been doing over the past two years; gave a mini-description of what UDL is; and used vignettes to describe how UDL could be used to support two disparate types of students. Skip provided some great tools and memorable examples how we can address student learning variability in our online classrooms.

Webinar #3 Video Transcript|PowerPoint #1|PowerPoint #2|MS Word #1|MS Word #2|PDF

Background on Webinars for Teacher

The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities conducts annual nationwide surveys with various groups, including teachers, administrators, students and parents. In order to get surveys from each state, teachers from every state have volunteered to distribute the surveys to appropriate persons. As one way to express our appreciation to these teachers, we are providing live webinars on topics in which they are instrested. These webinars will be archived and available on the Center’s website.

The scheduled webinars are:

November 14, 2013
Social Skills and Mobile Apps,
Dr. Sean Smith, University of Kansas

January 21, 2014
The Ins and Outs of iPads for Students with Disabilities
Dr. Dan Pollitt, University of Kansas

March 3, 2014
UDL and the Online Class for Students with Disabilities
Skip Stahl, CAST

April 2, 2014
Apps and Tech Solutions for Students with Disabilities in STEM
Dr. Jamie Basham, University of Kansas

You can find webinar recordings and links to additional resources shortly after each is presented live,