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Visit Iowa e-Learning CentralWhat is Iowa e-Learning Central?

Iowa e-Learning Central is an online exchange for Iowa educators, students and families that houses high-quality courses and units, supports content creation and collaboration, and expands statewide access to Iowa Standards-aligned courses and units across all grade levels.

Iowa e-Learning Central Fact Sheet

It has three primary components:

  1. Resources and Supports for Educators, Families and Students. Provides a place for educators, families and students to access resources and supports developed by experts in the field. This component also serves as a mechanism for these groups to provide ongoing feedback. New for the 2021-2022 school year.
  2. Course Repository. Serves as a repository to access high-quality course and unit content developed by Iowa-licensed educators for use in classrooms. Course content will expand across all grade levels and disciplines, can be used online or in the classroom, can be adapted to meet local needs or taught as is, and is available to any school across the state: public, nonpublic, or homeschool.
  3. Student/Course Exchange. Facilitates sharing of online courses so schools can offer their open seats to students in other schools or find seats needed for their students. New for the 2021-2022 school year.

Flowchart highlighting the three components of Iowa e-Learning Central. Component 1 is Resources and Supports for Educators, Families and Students. This component begins with experts in supporting educators, families and students develop supports and resources which get moved into Iowa e-Learning Central which then gets used educators, families and students. Component 2 is Course Repository. This component begins with Iowa-licensed educators developing quality units and courses that align with Iowa Standards which get moved into Iowa e-Learning Central which schools can download unit and course content for use locally, either virtually or in-person. Component 3 is Student/Course Exchange. This component allows schools to find courses available to its students across the state.

How does e-Learning Central aid students, educators and families?

Iowa e-Learning Central addresses two statewide needs vital to the success of our students, educators and families. The first is a newly identified need that was brought to light with the COVID-19 pandemic: the need for accessible, evidence-based supports and resources not only for students to be successful in their studies (whether that’s in-person or online), but for educators and families to support their students in their learning. The second identified need is access to high-quality content, regardless of a student’s location in the state.

With that, Iowa e-Learning Central:

  • Expands access to high-quality course content that aligns with Iowa’s academic standards, giving schools the flexibility to use, modify and incorporate the content to best meet the needs of their students, families and communities.
  • Allows schools to download the content they need from the exchange, as they need it, to design interactive and collaborative in-person or online courses for use in their classrooms.
  • Includes content designed to be led and facilitated by educators locally in their classrooms (online or in-person).

The big-picture vision is to offer educators richer content to bring into their classrooms and to expand opportunities and supports for Iowa students and families.

Flexibility to Help All Iowa Schools, No Matter Their Needs

Districts, nonpublic schools and homeschool providers using Iowa e-Learning Central can choose which courses to offer or select units to use in an existing course. It is all up to the particular needs of each school and homeschool provider. Using Iowa e-Learning Central is completely voluntary.

Funding

Iowa e-Learning Central is supported by one of the federal Education Stabilization Fund - Rethink K-12 Education Models (ESF-REM) Grants, which were authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 21, 2021 at 12:37am.