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A Little History

 

E-Learning for Educators Project was a multistate project from 2005 - 2011, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Teach program. The Project sought to establish successful, sustainable, statewide online professional development programs that addressed teacher quality and student achievement goals. The grant was awarded to Alabama Public Television, who served as the lead agency and coordinated the project. Alabama Public Television subcontracted with individual partner states, a training organization, and a research institution. The Education Development Center was subcontracted to organize the trainings through its EdTech Leaders® Online program. EdTech Leaders Online supported the initiative by establishing a cadre of online professional development instructors and course developers within each state. EDC also provided consultation on online professional development planning and implementation and is developing a series of model online professional development courses to meet the high-priority needs of the partnering states. Boston College was subcontracted to conduct the research portion of the grant. E-Learning for Educators was originally a consortium of nine states that involved a partnership between each state’s department of education and a public television station within that state. The original nine states involved in this project were Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia. South Carolina withdrew before the end of the project, and North Carolina and Maryland were added as partner states before the end of the project. Funding for the five year project formally ended in 2010, but a one year extension was granted by the US Department of Education to allow states to spend down their remaining funds and further build sustainability into their individual programs.

OPEN NH original logo

Originally, OPEN NH's color scheme was purple and teal. As the program grew and the NH e-Learning for Educators name and logo was also gaining prominence, the OPEN NH logo was restyled to take on the blue colors of the e-Learnign for Educators logo. OPEN NH still uses the purple an teal color combination for our self-paced tutorials.

OPEN New Hampshire

The original New Hampshire State Leadership Team decided that NH e-Learning for Educators would establish an online course delivery system called OPEN NH, which was an acronym for Online Professional Education Network for New Hampshire. OPEN NH would offer online courses through the Moodle Learning Management System. A Moodle installation was first established within NHEON.org. As the program grew, NH e-LEarning for Educators,moved its courses to a hosted Moodle platform.

Courses were originally offered in three session each year. Starting with Summer 2006 Session, courses were offered in Fall and Winter Sessions. After the first year of the project, a Spring Session was added to the course delivery schedule.

During the grant funded period from 2005 - 2010, OPEN NH courses cost $100 each. When the funding ceased in 2011, registration fees were raised to $130, with an early bird fee of $120 for those registering two weeks or more before the start of courses.

 

 

NH e-Learning for Educators originally part of multistate Ready to Teach grant
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Project Goals

A Ready to Teach Program
E-Learning for Educators was originally a five-year initiative, funded by the federal Ready to Teach Program. The program was designed to help states meet critical requirements for improving student achievement through providing high quality online professional development content and support as they build their capacity to implement programs to meet teacher quality requirements. The program sought to address the needs of students in high-poverty, low–achieving schools.

Goals of E-Learning for Educators

  1. Use e-learning to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in teachers’ content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students.
  2. Develop, within each participating state and public broadcasting organization, the capacity to use e-learning as a vehicle for effective professional development that directly serves state and district teacher quality initiatives and student achievement goals, with a specific focus on high need schools and districts.
  3. Create a multi-state collaboration to define common standards, share resources and expertise, and support the individual state programs.
  4. Develop a cadre of skilled e-Learning for Educators instructors to teach the e-learning courses offered.
  5. Develop model e-learning courses for professional development that address critical state needs and provide exemplars to inform further course development.
  6. Develop a cadre of skilled e-Learning for Educators course developers and establish collaborations involving public broadcasting stations, state departments of education, and other relevant organizations, to develop e-learning courses to meet the student achievement needs of each state.
  7. Conduct scientifically-based research to determine the effectiveness of the e-Learning for Educators initiative on improving teacher quality and impacting student achievement.
  8. Establish a proven, scaleable and sustainable model for e-learning professional development programs that can be replicated in other states.

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Project Partners

National Project Partners
Initial training, project organization, and course development was provided by EdTech Leaders Online, a program of The Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a nonprofit educational research and development organization and national leader in online professional development, provides training programs for e-learning instructors and developers, consulting on e-learning program planning and implementation, and e-learning course development services.

The Boston College Technology and Assessment Study Collaborative (inTASC) was responsible for the project evaluation and for conducting randomized design studies of the impact of the e-Learning for Educators initiative. Research conducted for this initiative involved conducting four large-scale randomized experiments in 4th grade English Language Arts (ELA), 5th grade Mathematics, 7th grade ELA, and 8th grade Mathematics. The research resulted in a variety of reports, papers, and posters.

State Project Partners
Ten State Departments of Education and a public broadcasting station within each state worked collaboratively within their regions to build local individual e-Learning for Educators programs in each partner state that would serve the teacher quality and professional development needs within the state.

Individual State Partnerships

  1. Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Public Television
  2. Delaware Department of Education and WHYY Philadelphia
  3. Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Educational Television
  4. Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  5. Maryland Department of Education and Maryland Public Television
  6. Missouri eMINTS and KETC
  7. New Hampshire Department of Education and New Hampshire Public Television
  8. North Carolina Department of Education and UNC-TV
  9. Pennsylvania Department of Education and WLVT PBS 39
  10. West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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NH Project Partners

State Leadership Team
The original NH e-Learning for Educators project was developed by a state leadership team. Though the project required the collaboration of the New Hampshire Department of Education and New Hampshire Public Television, the grant allowed for additional partnerships when appropriate. The New Hampshire e-Learning for Eduators Partners also involved Plymouth State University and the Local Educational Support Center Network.

  1. New Hampshire Department of Education
  2. New Hampshire Public Television
  3. Plymouth State University
  4. Local Educational Support Center Network

The leadership team involved members from each partner organization, who met, developed the initial organization and roll out of the program, and decided on which partner would house the project's coordinator. Project management and coordination was housed at the New Hampshire Department of Education. After the grant period was over, the project was incorporated into the Office of Educational Technology at NHDOE. New Hampshire Public Television ended the partnership after the grant period was completed. The Local Educational Support Center Network dropped out of the partnership after the first year of the project. Plymouth State University still remains a partner, providing graduate credits for OPEN NH courses, and vetting instructors and course content for quality.

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Last updated August 11, 2015

OPEN NH is a program of NH e-Learning for Educators, a project of the New Hampshire Department of Education.