Distance Education (COSER 420)
The Distance Education program provides for the sharing of courses and content between local districts or across New York State and the world. Videoconferencing allows for synchronous high school/college connections and K-12 Virtual Field Trips/collaborations. Asynchronous online courses are offered with mentor support for credit recovery or accrual. Training, technical support and storage on the Moodle course management system also allows teachers to create their own online courses. Zoom provides web-based video conference capabilities and aids in the desktop-to-desktop meetings or training.
Keeping you connected to each other and the world:
- 24 fully-equipped Distance Education rooms in CA BOCES component schools
- 92 Polycom endpoints
- Onsite technical support and maintenance
- Scheduling and testing of all connections
- Archiving storage of course material
- One Zoom Pro Account included per district
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Contact Carrie Oliver, the Distance Learning Support Specialist at 716-376-8270, for Zoom account information.
Online Learning and Credit Accrual and Recovery (COSER 420.010)
Open enrollment is available to start students on the path to course completion for credit recovery, for course accrual for transfer students, or for unique course needs. CA BOCES provides full student support with traveling NYS certified teachers. Contact Karen Insley with questions and support.
Benefits of an online courses:
- Increased graduation rates
- Expanded course opportunities
- Cutting edge digital content and learning management systems provide the perfect learning environment for modern learners
Video Conference Courses
Sharing courses that are taught in your school provides schools with extended offerings for students, with the economic advantage of sharing a teacher between two classrooms. Over 60 synchronous courses (courses taking place at the same time in two locations via video conference) are in session each day within the program. Training and support is provided. Contact Karen Insley with questions and support.
Benefits of Video Conference Courses:
- Increase course choices
- Increase the depth of student transcripts
- Students could earn college credit at reduced rates
View the 2018-19 Video Conference Course Schedule
Search the Regional Video Conference Course Catalog (username: distance password: distance)
District-to-District Video conference Dialing Reference Sheet
Course Management Systems and Moodle
Get your students equipped for college, the workforce, and life in a technical society by providing an online learning experience created by your classroom teachers for students in their classes. Training and support is provided.
Benefits to Course Management Systems:
- Content is created by local educators
- Embedded videos
- Archived materials
- Mahara E-Portfolios are included
- An excellent student project platform
Virtual Field Trips Virtual Field Trips are a great way to flip the field trip. Rather than taking the students to the destination, bring the destination to the classroom. There are many free and pay field trips with experts and location from across the globe. Not only can we handle all the technical details around your trip, but we can also help you find the perfect trip and destination. Contact Carrie Olive for details. Schedule a Virtual Field Trip
Classroom-to-Classroom Connections/Collaborations can be conducted globally or within your BOCES region for project sharing, pen pals, and cultural exchanges. Also you can connect locally with another school within the CABOCES region for co-teaching, presentations, regents review, and lessons. Contact Carrie Oliver, the Distance Learning Support Specialist at 716-376-8270, for assistance in making and finding connections.
When searching for a collaborative partner outside the CABOCES region, listed below are sites that will assist you in finding the right teacher:
- CAPspace is a social networking tool for educational videoconferencing. Login to find colleagues and schools interested in a collaborative videoconference. Create and advertise your own collaborative videoconference projects to educators around the world.
- The CILC Collaboration Center is the venue for educators to meet, create a collaborative project, and share their reflections.
- We also have various Career Connections and Collaborations brought to you by the NYS Distance Learning Consortium. Visit the NYS Distance Learning Consortium Website and/or view the collaboration flyer for specific dates of collaborations. New this year is International Dot, we are looking to partner interested teachers with classrooms across the state and across the world. Contact Carrie Oliver to get participate in this new event.
Schedule a Collaboration or contact Carrie Oliver at 716-376-8270. Schedule a Collaboration
- Amy, Windus, Program Manager
- Karen Insley, Coordinator
- Lisa Scott, Online Teacher
- Christina McGee, Online Teacher
- Carrie Oliver, Technical and Support Specialist
- Nate Malick, Technician
- Mike Meyers, Technician