Project: Year 7 2018–2019

South Carolina Personalized Learning

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) will provide a database containing personalized learning (PL) resources, training, and technical assistance (TA) for using the database. The goals of this project are to assist VirtualSC in supporting teachers in the areas of learner profiles, student ownership, learning pathways, and flexible learning environments.

Technical Assistance Approach

The purpose of this project is to provide differentiated supports for students to aid them in meeting the expectations of the profile of the South Carolina graduate. VirtualSC, REL Southeast and SECC will work together to design and populate a personalize learning resource database for VirtualSC teachers. VirtualSC teachers also will be able to contribute vetted resources to the database.

Impact

* Improved knowledge and skills

* Improved materials and assets

* Increase in opportunities for teachers to have access to quality, vetted personalized learning resources for their VirtualSC lesson designs

Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | June

A subset of the project team met to plan to deliver the database and train VirtualSC staff on its use before handing the bank over to the VirtualSC for administration and operation. During the month of July, REL Southeast and Southeast Comprehensive Center staff will meet to rehearse virtual professional development delivery of the personalized learning resource database to VirtualSC.  

 

Previous Updates:

A subset of the project team met to plan to deliver the database and train VirtualSC staff on its use before handing the bank over to the VirtualSC for administration and operation. During the month of July, REL Southeast and Southeast Comprehensive Center staff will meet to rehearse virtual professional development delivery of the personalized learning resource database to VirtualSC.  

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) refined and tested a database in which to house personalized learning resources that are also being vetted and submitted into a collaborative document by project team members. Approximately 50 resources that the team plans to share with VirtualSC have been vetted and logged in prior to the submission of the database and resources to VirtualSC. The database has been tested on end-user and administrative interfaces by project team members who have provided improvement feedback that has been incorporated by the designer. The project team met to review resources and plan to deliver the database and train VirtualSC staff on its use before handing the database over to the VirtualSC for administration and operation.

On next month, REL Southeast and SECC staff will continue to review resources and meet to rehearse virtual professional development delivery of the personalized learning resource database to VirtualSC.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) developed a database in which to house personalized learning (PL) resources that also are being vetted and submitted into a collaborative document by project team members. Approximately half of the approximate 40–50 resources that the team plans to share with VirtualSC staff have been vetted and logged in an internal fashion prior to the submission of the database and resources to VirtualSC staff. The database has been tested on the end-user interface by project team members who have provided improvement feedback that has been incorporated by the designer.

In May, project team members will test the administrative interface of the database and make improvement suggestions so that the designer can finalize the database development. The project team will thereafter plan the meeting during which to deliver the database and train VirtualSC staff on its use before handing the bank over to the VirtualSC for administration and operation.

The REL Southeast partner indicated that VirtualSC staff may have an availability delay for receiving the database training, but the project team will continue preparing for timely deployment of the database and VirtualSC training. The project team will adjust the training timeline if needed by the client when confirmed.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and REL Southeast staff met to establish a protocol for sharing personalized learning (PL) resources. The protocol will allow project team members to provide input and collaboratively decide whether to include the resources as seed resources. These will preliminarily populate the database that SECC designed for the purpose of warehousing  PL resources for vetting by and for the collection of resources chosen by VirtualSC staff. During the month of April, SECC will test, finalize, and train VirtualSC staff on use of the database design before handing the bank over the VirtualSC for use and ownership.

Multiple configurations of meetings between the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), REL Southeast, and VirtualSC have taken place to flesh out details needed for VirtualSC database development. Those meetings yielded the following information: SECC/REL Southeast will be populating the database with some starter resources. The database will allow people to continually add resources with a submission form. VirtualSC users with login/password credentials will review and publish approved resources submissions. The following database tags have been suggested by VirtualSC: Grade-level (tag this as “elementary” “middle” or “high” rather than each grade level as previously discussed with SECC/REL Southeast); Course type (tag this as a subject category, such as English language arts [ELA], math, or other subject, no need to be more specific); Type of environment described in the resource (brick-and-mortar, virtual, or blended context); “Includes assessment practices” (yes or no tag); “Includes data from experimental studies”  (yes or no tag). We also have learned through communication that the VirtualSC website is running WordPress, so it is a php server with Mysql database; however, they don’t have access to the server other than through WordPress.  It may be possible to integrate the resource database into WordPress, use php and mysql, or to ask for permission to upload the data and page to the server, which is hosted by an external vendor, so VirtualSC does not have direct access. It might be possible to pull the resource database into Moodle and house it there, so that VirtualSC leadership staff and possibly teachers can access it, depending on the resources.

In March, SECC and REL Southeast will continue to meet virtually to discuss all of the aforementioned details in efforts to establish next steps for database development and will begin to submit resources as soon as the VirtualSC director approves our forward movement given all of these considerations.

Technological compatibility across SECC and VirtualSC platforms will impact database design, so both entities will continue to plan the design so as to best allow the full operation of the database on a VirtualSC technology platform of choice.

VirtualSC has asked for assistance in creating a collection of resources for implementing personalized learning (PL). VirtualSC would like to use the collection to further grow the vision of VirtualSC’s PL work and determine changes to make with VirtualSC courses. Initial collaborative conversations with VirtualSC have yielded the following ideas for conceptualizing this “Personalized Learning Resource Database”: Practices would include those implemented in either brick-and-mortar or virtual classrooms. The database would be structured to have practices organized around the components of the South Carolina Personalized Learning Framework, which are student ownership, learner profiles, learning pathways, and flexible learning environments. The database would have a structure and format that would enable it to be an ongoing collection that VirtualSC staff could continue adding to as their work evolves. The database would include a list of practices organized around components of the SC framework, with pointers to additional information for each practice; this additional information could include videos (such as those being created by the Southeast Comprehensive Center [SECC]), research articles, and observation notes from visits that VirtualSC staff are making to classrooms around the state.

VirtualSC also would like assistance in designing and populating the research database, to the extent that resources allow. If resources suggest starting with a single component of the framework, they would like us to start with practices for supporting Student Ownership, since that component cuts across the other three main components. SECC and REL Southeast have partnered and met this month to plan the design of the database and to support the VirtualSC request. SECC has in fact added staff resource vetters and contributors who have deep PL experience to more effectively support the database development.

During the month of February, SECC and REL Southeast will continue to meet virtually for follow up and to establish next steps, particularly communicating with a technology-responsible VirtualSC staff member to establish the type of platform that should be used to build the database so that it can be hosted on the VirtualSC website. Accompanying resource submission forms will be designed as well, so that submissions made by VirtualSC, SECC, and REL Southeast staff can be vetted by VirtualSC staff assigned to the task prior to posting resources in the database.

VirtualSC staff has asked for assistance in creating a collection of resources for implementing personalized learning (PL). VirtualSC would like to use the collection to further grow the vision of VirtualSC’s PL work and to determine changes to make with VirtualSC courses. Initial collaborative conversations with VirtualSC have yielded the following ideas for conceptualizing this Personalized Learning Resource Database. Practices would include those implemented in either brick-and-mortar or virtual classrooms. The database would be structured to have practices organized around the components of the South Carolina Personalized Learning Framework, which are student ownership, learner profiles, learning pathways, and flexible learning environments. The database would have a structure and format that would enable it to be an ongoing collection that VirtualSC staff could continue adding to as the work evolves. The database would include a list of practices organized around components of the SC framework, with pointers to additional information for each practice; this additional information could include videos (such as those being created by the Southeast Comprehensive Center [SECC]), research articles, and observation notes from visits that VirtualSC staff are making to classrooms around the state. VirtualSC also would like assistance in designing and populating the research database, to the extent that resources allow. If resources suggest starting with a single component of the framework, the SC staff would like the team to start with practices for supporting Student Ownership, since that component cuts across the other three main components. SECC and REL Southeast have partnered and met this month to plan the design of the database and to support the VirtualSC request.

In January, SECC and REL Southeast will continue to meet virtually for follow up and to establish next steps, particularly soon communicating with a technology-responsible VirtualSC staff member to establish the type of platform that should be used to build the database so that it can be hosted on the VirtualSC website. Accompanying resource submission forms will be designed as well so that submissions made by VirtualSC, SECC, and REL Southeast staff can be vetted by VirtualSC staff assigned to the task prior to posting resources in the database.

Technological compatibility across SECC and VirtualSC platforms will impact database design, so both entities will accordingly plan the design so as not to hinder the full operation of the database on the VirtualSC platform.

There is no project update for this month.