Making the transition to online and blended learning, and incorporating digital content and tools effectively is a complex process. States, districts, non-profits, colleges and universities and others face a complicated set of new issues and challenges when making this transition, and benefit from professional expertise.
Critical considerations include developing or purchasing content, building an infrastructure, implementing professional development, leadership development, awarding credit and seat time, evaluating and sustaining activities and programs, scheduling, increasing and supporting stakeholder development and communication and more.
EdTech Leaders Online provides needed consulting services to support organizations as they incorporate online and blended learning into their educational programs. ETLO’s experienced staff help organizations manage each step of the process for implementing or strengthening online or blending learning programs for teachers, administrators and students.
ETLO’s senior staff has expertise in identifying needs, developing program plans, and providing implementation and technical support. ETLO Staff is available to help prepare grant proposals or to provide other services that help meet local educational needs and goals.
Examples of ETLO’s consulting services include:
- E-Learning for Educators - This ten-state consortium was funded by the US Department of Education to build state online professional development programs in Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, led by Alabama Public Television. ETLO provided consulting services to build leadership teams in each state to lead, manage and sustain each state’s online professional development program. ETLO also designed an annual Leadership Academy for project leaders to engage in collaboration, professional development and planning. In addition, ETLO developed a series of 17 model courses on math, English Language Arts, elementary science and early childhood education, and built a cadre of online course developers and instructors in each state to facilitate and design online courses in their states. Research conducted by Boston College demonstrated significant impact of the ETLO developed courses on teachers content knowledge and pedagogical practices and on student learning.
- The Education Cooperative (TEC) 16 MA school district cooperative – ETLO consulted on planning and implementing a virtual school, designing and delivering of online courses for high school students, and offering professional development for teachers and administrators.
- The Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh – ETLO provided consulting on moving key components of IFL’s successful face-to-face professional development program to an online format. ETLO provided staff professional development and training to convert a collection of face-to-face professional development sessions into effective online courses, and provided training to IFL staff in online facilitation and course design.