WorkGroups - Distance Learning

Distance Learning

The Distance Learning Workgroup develops strategies toincrease the use of distance learning and virtual learning options to support student learning.

The new Distance Learning Initiative PDF Documentis a strategy designed to jump start distance learning in Ingham County. The initiative includes financial assistance for the purchase of DL equipment, workshops specifically directed towards teachers who mentor students enrolled in online classes and facilitating shared classes among and between districts.  Distance learning can support instructional outcomes and this presentation Powerpoint Document outlines the initiative. The Shared Classes Guidelines PDF Documentwere developed by Workgroup members and can be used as districts move forward with shared classes.

A Distance Learning Equipment Demonstration Day was held on April 15. 40 educators evaluated systems from LifeSize Excel Document, Polyycom Excel Document and Tandberg Excel Document. The evaluation summary Word Document will be used by the Workgroup to make a system recommendation.

Based on the Demo Day evaluation results, the Workgroup selected high definition Polycom equipment. The next step will be determining which vendor, AT&T or ICI, should be recommended as the product provider. Once that is determined Distance Learning Initiative participants will be provided purchase options. Options will be (1) codec(s) only (2) turnkey system with TV or (3) turnkey system with video projector.

The Initiative will provide the 9 participating districts with approximately $8,500 towards the purchase of the options above. Participating districts include: Danville, East Lansing, Haslett, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville and Williamston.

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Meeting Notes
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 03/4/09
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 02/12/09
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 10/10/08
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 6/16/08
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 5/14/08
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 4/14/08
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 3/20/08
Word DocumentDistance Learning Meeting Notes, 2/15/08