Establishing Quality Standards in K-12 Blended Learning

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

What happens when secondary teachers are asked to implement standards from the OLC Quality Score Card and/or Quality Matters K-12 Standards? What factors promote adoption or generate resistance? How does LMS impact adoption? Join us in examining the results of introducing OLC and QM guidelines in a traditional K-12 environment.

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Presenters

Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Instructional Technology.
Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Instructional Technology.

Extended Abstract

Online Distance Education has been embraced by many school districts as both a form of credit recovery and as a strategy for alternative education. Traditional K-12 school districts, however, tend to demonstrate a greater interest in blended learning as it allows for providing students with additional educational opportunities while maintaining a traditional school environment as required by local and state regulations, that is, lose the students and you lose the funding.

                K-12 school districts wishing to adopt a blended learning approach are typically select inexpensive solutions such as Google Classroom & Suite or the Moodle Learning Management System. Although some school districts have implemented online course quality standards such as the OLC Quality Score Card and the Quality Matters Standards for Secondary Education, there is a general lack of knowledge of such systems by most K-12 instructors and a much lower degree of implementation. This research study is investigating the effects of teachers voluntarily implementing features of both the OLC Quality Score Card and/or the Quality Matters Standards for Secondary Education

Session outcomes will include:

  1. Identification of factors promoting adoption of quality standards.
  2. Identification of factors that promote resistance of quality standards.
  3. Technology factors limiting quality standards adoption
  4. Adoption differences by subject

Audience engagement will be implemented by giving attendees frequent opportunities to share their own experiences and thoughts upon key components of the presentation. Surveys and comments will be conducted using Poll Anywhere Web 2.0 software and built into presentation materials.

Join us as we examine the results of introducing OLC and QM quality guidelines in secondary education classrooms, how instructors from different disciplines reacted and the degree of implementation and the factors that most strongly promote adoption and or resistance. Suggestions for future implementation and research will be provided.