eLearning Days have given the option for continuing an instructional day away from traditional time limits and brick and mortar setting. This innovative program has evolved into an engaging instructional model used in many Indiana schools to keep the sequence of learning going in spite of weather and other challenges. More importantly, it has provided teachers and students the opportunity to engage with digital resources, to collaborate virtually, and to develop digital skills that are used and valued beyond K-12.
There are a variety of reasons a school/corporation would use an eLearning Day beyond the development of blended learning skills. Many districts have utilized the program to keep learning going during a day of snow or other inclement weather, professional development, parent conferences, widespread illness, and flooding.
Effective spring 2019, Indiana schools/districts are not required to request approval from the IDOE to implement eLearning days. Assurances to maintain instructional fidelity remain the responsibility of the individual school/district.
eLearning Day Best Practice Resources
From the implementation of this program, best practices and guidance have emerged for district leaders to consider before attempting an eLearning Day as one of the 180 days of instruction. Below you will find some resources and assurances to help in determining the readiness of your district to employ eLearning days with fidelity.
Practical advice on preparing for eLearning Days, eLearning Days: Helping Teachers Get Ready Webinar Recording
Great resources from a district implementing eLearning Days: resources from Franklin Township
Questions regarding the eLearning Day Program should be sent to Jennifer Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.