Blended Learning Powered By GOC
Gwinnett Online Campus will continue to be a leader in digital design as GOC delivers transformational instruction across the district. Since becoming a full-time online/blended school in 2011, the leadership team at Gwinnett Online Campus has developed numerous innovative blended learning models currently implemented throughout Gwinnett County Public Schools. Our Center for Transforming Instruction supports the development of teachers across the district to assist in leading the Powered By GOC Programs.
Center for Transforming Instruction
The Center for Transforming Instruction will build the capacity of GCPS teachers to support our Powered By programs and expand blended online learning models across the district through specialized training focused on best online learning practices; teachers who complete this professional development will receive all necessary training to serve as a GOC online teacher at their local school to deliver GOC digital content in the blended classroom. Using a variety of blended online learning models, these teachers will serve as the teacher-of-record while also monitoring instruction. The professional development course required to begin this process is called the Gwinnett Online Campus Teaching Institute.
Gwinnett Online Campus Teaching Institute
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the basic functions of Desire to Learn (D2L) which is the learning management system used on our campus to deliver instruction. This learning experience will provide you with the initial background needed to begin teaching online courses. The GOC Teaching Institute is a five week course offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Once completed, participants become eligible to participate in the Student Teaching Experience.
Please contact Lisa Fanczi, our Center for Transforming Instruction facilitator with any questions.
Elementary Blended Model
GOC has collaborated with Dyer Elementary for the last two years to develop a 4th and 5th grade blended classroom environment. Both face-to-face and online instruction using full digital content takes place each day. Students receive language arts and math instruction from a homeroom teacher, while GOC online teachers deliver social studies and science classes. This year, the elementary model has expanded to include Alcova and Jenkins Elementary Schools.
Student achievement is high and this model shows tremendous promise to expand to other elementary schools throughout the district.
Middle School Blended Model
GOC has developed a blended middle school model in which local middle schools partner with GOC to deliver online courses to face-to-face students in two different models. The first model is a whole class approach in which students all take the same GOC course together during the school day. The second model is an a la carte model in which many students take a variety of classes at the same time. Both models utilize a GOC teacher as the teacher-of-record and a local school staff member monitoring the students.
The start of the school year launched a new partnership between Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) and McConnell. A blended learning team has been formed to serve 7th-grade students in a virtual classroom for social studies with their GOC teacher and a traditional classroom setting for other subjects.
Middle & High School Supplemental Program
Per GA Senate Bill 289, students enrolled in any Georgia school can take up to five online classes as part of their regular school day. GOC serves as the GCPS provider for SB 289. The variety of courses that GOC offers goes beyond what a typical high school offers, such as trailer courses, block courses, and various electives and pathways, providing students with more options to earn credits.
GOC High School Centers
GOC Centers are located at eight high schools to facilitate GOC classes; students take online courses during their regular school schedule with support from a trained facilitator/teacher in a GOC Center specifically designed for blended instruction. Three new Online Centers powered by GOC have opened at Collins Hill, Norcross, and Phoenix in addition to existing centers at Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Duluth, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett. These Online Centers provide the opportunity for students to take one or more online classes in a classroom designed specifically for virtual learning.
GOC provides online courses in classrooms designed to support student success. Designed similar to GOC Centers at the high schools, GOC’s work with the GIVE centers has helped lower the dropout and truancy rates by helping students stay on track for graduation as they work through online courses.
The Gear Up program serves 8th graders in five middle schools who are not on track for graduation by providing additional Carnegie unit courses to catch them back up to enter high school on track for graduation. GOC provides Health/PE, Healthcare Science, Intro to Digital Technology and Intro to Business Technology; in addition to acting as the online teacher-of-record, GOC teachers provide face-to-face instruction 1-2 days per week.