Online Learning Task Force - Survey of Current Iowa School District Needs for K-12 Online Learning
From Iowa Senate File 2131 - "The area education agencies, in collaboration with the community colleges and the department of education, shall convene a working group to identify effective means by which students may access educational instruction and content online and shall identify partnerships between existing providers of rigorous and high-quality online coursework."

This survey intends to discover the current status and needs of school districts in Iowa regarding online learning opportunities for K-12 students. This includes different formats, such as self-paced learning, asynchronous learning, or synchronous learning, in a fully-online format. Your completion of this survey will help us improve our services to Iowa schools and will factor into recommendations given to the state legislature.
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School District (and Building, if applicable) *
Rank of Current Course Needs *
Rank the following on what you perceive are your district/building's biggest needs regarding online course offerings
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Least important
More semester-based course opportunities offered by your own teachers
More semester-based course opportunities offered externally that our students can take
Opportunities to share courses (seats) with other school districts
More self-paced opportunities (e.g. flex-start, go-on-your-own, or credit recovery)
Online learning opportunities that support work-based learning (apprenticeships, project-based learning, etc)
More credit advancement course opportunities
More elective course opportunities
Rank of School Support Needs *
Rank the following on what you perceive are your district/building's biggest needs regarding online learning supports for your school.
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Least important
More control over the quality of current opportunities
Professional development for teachers to teach online
Clarity around current code, NCAA guidelines, accreditation, and funding implications
Better alignment of online opportunities to the Iowa Core and local curricular standards
Improving rigor and engagement of existing opportunities
Coaching for developing and implementing a systemic online learning program
Technology-Learning Management System (LMS) Hosting and Support
Rank of Student Support Needs *
Rank the following on what you perceive are your district/building's biggest needs regarding online learning supports for your students.
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Least important
Preparing students for online learning (e.g. orientations or welcome modules)
Local (face-to-face) mentoring and coaching for online students
Test proctoring and other student accountability measures
Technology support
Wider options of opportunities to allow for more student choice in learning
Tutoring services (incl. outside of school hours and remote tutoring)
Other Needs
Are there other pressing needs in the area of online learning your district has, outside of what is listed above? Or wish to elaborate on any of the items above? Feel free to add your thoughts below on supports that can help improve online learning for your students.
Task Force Membership
Local Educational Agencies - Delane Galvin, Superintendent of SE Warren Community School District
Art Sathoff, Superintendent of Indianola Community School District
Jill Janes, Director of Innovative Learning for Boone Community School District

Area Education Agencies - Tom Lane, Executive Director of the AEAs
Evan Abbey, Program Director of AEA Learning Online
David Vanhorn, Associate Administrator of Green Hills AEA

Iowa Department of Education - Ryan Wise, Director
Jeremy Varner, Administrator of Division of Community Colleges
Gwen Nagel, Director of Iowa Learning Online
Janet Boyd, School Improvement Consultant

Community Colleges - Theresa Umscheid, Executive Director of Iowa Community Colleges Online Consortium
Todd Prusha, Executive Director of Distance Learning for Kirkwood Community College
Valerie Newhouse - President of Iowa Lakes Community College
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