The Cyber Solutions Initiative (CSI) program provides local school districts with the ability to build the capacity to fully integrate online learning into their schools. CSI is not a cyber school; rather, it is an online learning initiative that involves a comprehensive shift in the way we envision our public schools. As our world and the growing number of students enrolled in cyber schools have indicated, there is an undeniable need for all schools to embrace online learning as a viable option for students. Our goal is for each district will be able to offer the majority of their curriculum in both an online format and face-to-face, resulting in an education system where students can move seamlessly between classroom and online courses. This gives districts the ability to provide students with the flexibility of online courses without leaving the district. Through the CSI program, all district teachers will gain the required skills necessary to create and teach high-quality, rigorous, and engaging online courses that are aligned to their district’s curriculum. The consortium of schools participating in the CSI program allows for sharing of courses and resources, giving districts the opportunity to develop their online learning initiatives over time. The CSI program can be customized to meet individual district needs to successfully carry them through the 21st century.
The CSI program provides districts with the tools, knowledge, and guidance to be able to integrate online learning into school districts on many different levels. This isn’t a third-party vendor that handles online learning for districts, but rather a comprehensive professional development approach that ensures districts are educating their students with their teachers and curriculum. We want districts to promote an online learning initiative as a product of the district, not CSI. The district has control to implement the program as the administration sees fit.
The philosophy behind the CSI program is that local school districts must evolve to be able to offer online learning as an integrated part of the district’s curriculum and schedule. Online learning should be an integral part of the district, not to be seen as something separate. Students should be free to participate in a blended schedule where they move seamlessly between online and face-to-face courses taught by district teachers. The CSI program will get your district there sooner than you think!
By participating in the CSI program, your district will be doing more than just offering online classes to students. Because this is a comprehensive program that will become engrained in all aspects of the school, the impact is far-reaching. Districts can utilize the program for alternative education placement, home-bound students, and credit recovery. The potential to save money and increase student achievement in these areas is enormous!
Teachers who incorporate the tools and strategies from the CSI Teacher Training into their classrooms have the flexibility to finish their curriculum several weeks early! Students come to rely on Moodle access as a resource outside of class, extending learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. They do everything from check homework and review lessons for understanding, to access missed class materials and discuss in-depth class topics. These tools and strategies have transformed the way we teach and the way students learn!
Technology packages with all CSI student requirements are available for students by district request. If a student is using their own equipment or district-owned equipment, they must have Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, updated Java, updated Flash, and either Microsoft Office or Open Office installed to ensure the functionality of all CSI Moodle courses.
View the IU1 CSI Course Catalog for a complete description of available courses.
The CSI Team is looking for local educators to become proficient Moodle users, while developing challenging online courses.
If you are interested in the CSI program or have any questions, please contact:
IU1 CSI Coordinator
724-938-3241 ext. 405