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Fall 2021

Explore the CSIU's Department of Online Learning

Supporting Professional Learning Communities

Kicking off the back-to-school professional learning series, Equity in the Online Learning Environment was the focus of support for district programming. The Equity session, facilitated by Michael Lord and Jennifer Waltman, CSIU Education Consultants, engaged educators with an exploration of current research foundations for equity and provided opportunities for practical classroom application of new learning. During a networking lunch, pictured below, Edgenuity Account Representative Kellie Steller presented to district educators the many supports available for students and teachers utilizing Edgenuity courseware solutions.

Join us at one of the many upcoming Department of Online Learning events, including the second professional learning day session in the back to school series on February 2, 2022 focusing on the 6 Step UDL Lesson Process. Don't have much time? Register for one of the 1-hour lunch and learn Networking Meetings where problems of practice are in focus. Our next lunch and learn collaboration will be centered on formative assessment practices, October 20, 2021. Use the registration link below to attend and explore the many offerings, searchable on the registration system by the 'Department of Online Learning'.

Partnering for Innovation

Partnerships are the cornerstone of supporting a community of educators. Over the past year, the CSIU has launched the newly formed Department of Online Learning, a resource for school administrators and teacher leaders to support district goal achievement focused on student learning and academic success online. Job Alike supports provided for District Leadership, Building Principals, Teacher Leaders and Online Learning Program Administrators facilitate regional collaboration, action planning and the establishment of workgroup priority areas.

National partners, including Quality Matters, Statewide partners, including Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, and our many online learning courseware partners provide opportunities for networking, collaboration and access to current and emerging work in the field. Partnering to support your district success, the Department of Online Learning is working hard to fuel innovation in planning for the future and support of your district goals.
Register for Department of Online Learning Upcoming Events

Quality Assurance...Continuous Improvement

As a Quality Matters (QM) consortium partner, the CSIU Department of Online Learning serves as a training site for the Quality Matters Flagship Workshop, Applying the QM K-12 Rubric. This workshop supports utilizing standards for online and blended course design. Register for the upcoming December 8, 2021 session, facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Gurski, QM-approved workshop training facilitator and QM Coordinator. Engage in workshops supporting teachers where local expertise supports national standards for quality in the upcoming Quality Course Design Workshop Series beginning November 16, 2021. Registration closes on October 28.
Quality Course Design Workshop Series Registration

Teaching Online Certification

Unique to the CSIU, Quality Matters offers dedicated cohort opportunities at discounted pricing, for CSIU eToole member district educators.  In June of 2021, the Department of Online Learning launched the first 3-week asynchronous cohort workshop focused on Designing Your Online Course, with a Quality Matters online facilitator, supported by CSIU led PLCs. 

Educators shared their feedback from this session, noting an appreciation for the collaboration and benefits of the PLC supports offered by the CSIU.

Register for the year-long Teaching Online Certification Micro-credential Series, beginning November 3, 2021. This is a series of 7 asynchronous workshops supported by CSIU facilitated PLCs designed to enhance educators' online teaching skills.

Spaces are limited and registration closes October 19
QM Teaching Online Certification Registration

Resources for Leaders and Teachers in Online Education

Grading and Assessments for Online Learners

Distance learning grading and assessment policies have been a heavily discussed topic in online education. Providing valuable feedback, balancing screen time, setting expectations for student grading, and supporting and assessing learning are addressed in a series of EAB articles provided below for reflection on research as you explore online grading and assessment policies for online learners.
Explore EAB Resources

What is ESports?

Also known as electronic sports, esports is a form of competition that is facilitated through computer gaming. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer online video game competitions. These competitions often incorporate live broadcasts with commentary and award prize money to competitors. Esports is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. There are two eSports leagues, NASEF and Emerald, supported by the Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit system. There is no cost to participate, registration and tournament play is free for all schools. Schools are responsible for ensuring students have the proper equipment and technology.
For more information on club creation in your school, contact Colleen Epler-Ruths, CSIU Education Consultant at

Support Career Exploration Online

Looking for a way for your students to explore careers virtually? The Pennsylvania College of Technology can provide valuable resources for career pathways exploration. Click on the link below to attend the upcoming Pennsylvania College of Technology Virtual Career Day.
Attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology Virtual Career Day

Research Corner

From the Field

Dr. Barbara Frey and Dr. Rae Mancilla released a three-part digital accessibility white paper series, sharing findings from a 2019 study involving Quality Matters higher education member institutions. The three part series shares findings in the following areas: accessibility policies and processes, course design and development tools, and professional development needs.
Accessibility White Paper Series Link

Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning

The Evergreen Education Group, a leader in K-12 digital learning research, has published 'Keeping Pace' reports beginning in 2004 extending through 2016 to inform the online learning community about research topics in online, blended and digital learning. In April of 2019, a Keeping Pace with Digital Learning Report was released, titled: Snapshot 2019 A review of K-12 online, blended and digital learning. This report provides updated findings and examines the evolution of learning in the K-12 setting since the release of the prior 2016 report.
Snapshot 2019 Evergreen Education Group

Be sure to follow the CSIU's Department of Online Learning on Twitter @16Csiu to stay up to date with all that is happening in the field of Online Learning.

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