The Implementation Outline for Course Websites consists of three phases: establish a culture of help with volunteer teachers to create prototype course websites, implementation of course websites, preparation for converting course websites to blended learning classrooms. This plan is to take course over a two year period and is designed to help usher in change to school districts who are low in funds or have feared a transition into blended learning. Here is my Implementation Outline for Course Websites:

PHASE I. Establish Digital Learning Culture.

The importance of this stage is to establish a culture of help for future educators to create course websites. It involves launching course websites with motivated, experimental, collaborative teachers who seek better student performance.

Summer 2017

  • June 1 – Finish course website example and begin to innovate
  • July 26 – Present course websites to faculty and staff
  • Submit Literature Review and Outline Plan to administration
  • Create video lessons
    • How to create an account for a webhost
    • How to organize a course website
    • How to create a web page template and update website
    • How to teach a class to use the website as a resource
  • Develop outline faculty development on ‘how to build course websites’. Exa:
    • Sign into TodaysMeet
    • Discuss/Preview free web hosting options
    • Review how websites can aid instruction
    • Model how to create an account
    • Discuss website design that is user friendly, highly organized
      • Landing page
      • Website tabs
      • Site Directory
      • Buttons
    • Model how to build a web page template that can be copied and reused
      • Include elements that should be included in each lesson such as: Unit and lesson titles, essential questions, vocabulary, date, links to class handouts, links to additional resources, and images/videos.
    • Model how to update websites over time
      • ‘Slow and steady wins the race!’
    • Model how to use websites
      • In class support
      • Additional tutoring/resources
      • Resource for absent students
    • Model how to teach students to use the website
    • Wrap up: Review importance of websites, how to build them
    • Take Questions via TodaysMeet
  • Upload and release video tutorials on course websites
  • Create teacher help group forum as resource
    • Members consisted of teachers, administrators, and instructional technologist
    • Create online resource to host frequent questions, video tutorials, updates/ideas for improvement, and information log of impact of course websites on students

Fall 2017

  • August – September – Provide 1 hour professional development on ‘How to Build Course Websites’
  • August – December – Allow instructional technologists time to meet with teachers face to face, answer questions, guide course website production
  • December – Create follow up professional development ‘How to Innovate Course Websites’. Exa:
    • Recap how course websites are going
      • Highlight frequent questions
      • Hear feedback from users, provide support
      • Show positive examples of websites
      • Provide updates on impact of websites on students
    • How do we take websites to the next level?
      • Innovations of website design/organization
      • Additional apps to support elearning
    • Teach staff how to develop/use innovations
      • Three additional apps that can be linked to the website
    • Questions and answers
    • Allow teachers time to explore apps and add to course websites

Spring 2018

  • January – February – Offer Development on 1 hour ‘How to Build Course Websites’
  • Continue to:
    • Monitor/Update teacher help group blog
    • Provide assistance from instructional technologists
    • Log information on student results
  • April – May – Provide professional development for ‘Follow Up: Innovation of Course Websites’
  • Review/revise/update ‘Follow Up: Innovation of Course Websites’

PHASE II. Mass Implementation of Course Websites.

After Creating a culture of help and having worked out several deficiences of course websites, it is time to mass implement course websites for all teachers. These teachers will have the support of their colleagues and have the ability to seek help to create course websites. Help will come in a variety of ways: online digital content and resources they may access on their own to learn, help from neighboring teachers that have already begun the course website initiative, and instructional technologists who can schedule meetings for one-to-one guided instruction. Here is my implementation plan for Phase II:

Summer 2018

  • Provide 1 hour Professional Developments for ‘How to Build Course Websites’ and ‘Follow Up: How to Innovate Course Websites’
  • Possibly begin implementing mandatory course websites
  • Review, revise, and innovate course websites
  • Advertise course websites to community via word of mouth, church bulletins, Dickinson ISD webpages, flyers, etc.

Fall 2018

  • August – September – Provide 1 hour Professional Developments for ‘How to Build Course Websites’ and ‘Follow Up: How to Innovate Course Websites’
  • Continue to:
    • Monitor/Update teacher help group blog
    • Provide assistance from instructional technologists
    • Log/Review information on student/staff impact of websites
  • Develop Planning team to begin to explore transition of course websites into blended learning courses
    • Comprised of teachers, administrators, and instructional technologists
    • Purpose: to review examples of websites, data of student achievement, staff and student culture of websites, state law requirements for course credit
    • What additions are needed for course websites to adapt to blended learning courses?
      • Infrastructure
      • Hardware/Software
      • Staffing needs
      • Teaching methods

Spring 2019

  • January – February; April – May  – Provide 1 hour Professional Developments for ‘How to Build Course Websites’ and ‘Follow Up: How to Innovate Course Websites’
  • Continue to:
    • Monitor/Update teacher help group blog
    • Provide assistance from instructional technologists
    • Log/Review information on student/staff impact of websites
    • Innovate course websites
  • Continue to explore transition of course websites into blended learning courses
    • Review examples of websites, data of student achievement, staff and student culture of websites, state law requirements for course credit, other local models of blended learning
    • What additions are needed for course websites to adapt to blended learning courses?
    • Which method of blended learning is best suited to use websites with?
    • What schools/age group will benefit from blended learning?
  • Evaluate/Revise professional development and website forum
    • Determine if methods are still effective in instructing teachers how to build and innovate websites
    • Resolve any discrepancies
    • Add any additional innovations

PHASE III. Begin Developing Blended Learning Courses from Course Websites.

Phase III continues to build course websites for struggling teachers but also advances the course website program into a blended learning program. It is integral for research and development to take place and drive future possibilities of digital learning. Therefore, I have incorporated planning and development for a pilot program of blended learning based on course websites to allow for future expansion of the course website program. Here is my plan for Phase III:

Summer 2019

  • June – July – Provide Revised 1 hour Professional Development on ‘How to Build Course Websites’ and ‘Follow Up: How to innovate Course Websites’
  • June – July – Blended Learning Team meets to finalize plan for website transition into blended learning environment
    • Install any hardware/software

Fall 2019

  • Continue to:
    • Provide Revised 1 hour Professional Development on ‘How to Build Course Websites’ and ‘Follow Up: How to innovate Course Websites’
    • Monitor/Update teacher help group blog
    • Provide assistance from instructional technologists
    • Log/Review information on student/staff impact of websites
    • Innovate course websites
  • Begin Blended Learning trial course.
    • Log information on student achievement, efficiency, and deficiencies
  • Meet monthly to address important issues and update on student achievement
  • December – Blended Learning Committee meets to review and revise blended learning course trial.
    • Predict student achievement growth

Spring 2020

  • Continue to:
    • Provide Revised 1 hour Professional Development on ‘How to Build Course Websites’ and ‘Follow Up: How to innovate Course Websites’
    • Monitor/Update teacher help group blog
    • Provide assistance from instructional technologists
    • Log/Review information on student/staff impact of websites
    • Innovate course websites
    • Log information on student achievement, efficiency, and deficiencies
  • Blended Learning Committee Meets to discuss more blended learning courses for 2020-2021 school year. The committee should begin implementation process of planning and adding more courses into blended learning.

 

Links to the Innovation Plan:

Overview for Course Website Innovation Plan

Course Website Literature Review

My Goals and Annotated Bibliography to Help Implement Course Website Plan

Promotional Video for Course Website Implementation

Letter of Proposal

Thank you for your interest in my innovation plan to incorporate course websites into a school program. I look forward to reading your comments in the Reply section below.

 

Featured Image Source:

Yahya, Ibnoulkhatib. (January 14, 2017). How Innovation is Easy! Found at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-innovation-easy-ibnoulkhatib-yahya

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