The eLearning Day Program provides school districts with an option for continuing an instructional day away from traditional time limits and brick and mortar setting. Over the past eight years, this innovative program has evolved into an engaging instructional model used in many of our schools and may be used on a day when school is cancelled, as a planned day, or as a make up day when a day of school was missed. There are a variety of reasons a school/corporation would use an eLearning Day. These include, but are not limited to, snow or other inclement weather, professional development, parent conferences, widespread illness, and flooding. To participate in the IDOE eLearning Day Program follow these steps:
Create an eLearning Day team (we suggest this team consist of a teacher, building-level administrator, eLearning coach, technology staff member, district administrator).
Review eLearning Day criteria, FAQ document, eLearning Day planning webinar (which features representatives from four Indiana school districts sharing how they met the required criteria), webinar slides, and guidance for students with disabilities.
After reviewing all the materials in step 2, devise your eLearning Day plan, which should include, among other things, how you will communicate this to your community.
Complete the 2018-19 eLearning Day Program application. The Superintendent’s signature is required on the application to indicate that the required criteria can be met by the district for the approved eLearning Day Program. Please note, the 2018-19 application will be avaible until March 31 and the 2019-20 school year application will open on April 1.
All corporations must meet the IDOE criteria, fill out an online application, and receive approval from the IDOE Office of eLearning in order to utilize eLearning Days. After being approved for the eLearning Day Program, schools/districts will be added to the approved schools list.
To support the implementation of eLearning Days we are committed to connecting districts to each other and to resources. Check out this webinar, eLearning Days: Helping Teachers Get Ready, and see some sample lessons on our digital content page.
eLearning Day Program History
In 2009 changes in the rules for textbook funding opened the door to technology in Indiana schools. In the nine years since, our school corporations have greatly expanded the technology which students and teachers access for learning. According to our Indiana Tech Plan data, over half of all corporations brought their student/device ratio up to 1:1 at either all or some grade levels.
This access to devices spurred innovative ways to engage students and teachers outside of the traditional day and place through virtual options for learning. These experiences brought about the IDOE Flex Program, launched in 2011, and the Virtual Option for Inclement Weather, launched in 2014. With these programs, school corporations designed and implemented blended learning experiences for all students and met the IDOE criteria for eLearning Days (listed below).
Through interaction with the corporations approved for Flex and the Virtual Option over the past seven years, it has become clear that having the capacity to utilize digital tools for learning away from the classroom, and for all students, is the same regardless of the reason for doing so. With that in mind, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year we combined the Flex and Virtual Option programs into the IDOE eLearning Day Program.
Questions regarding the eLearning Day Program should be sent to Meri Carnahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.