IOE was created with the “at risk” student in mind. Our founder, NYU Professor Laura DeSena, whose background includes two decades of adjunct teaching, including online courses – both synchronous and asynchronous courses — is currently assessing online courses for NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This experience in developing excellence in online instruction and assessing the effectiveness of online instruction provides the framework for our program. She is also a New Jersey certified high school instructor, and has worked with high school students at all academic levels. She synthesized her experiences to develop an online program to best serve the at-risk student. Content delivery is not text-based and it is not guided distance learning as delivered in pre-packaged online programs. Instead, in IOE’s online program, the teacher facilitates and inspires learning through constant engagement with her/his students. The reticent student is often more vocal and takes more academic risks in this seemingly anonymous environment. In addition, this is an environment the students feel at home in, consider themselves to be “experts” in – this confidence can be extended and ultimately guided toward academic confidence. The teacher can transition from whiteboard to website in a matter of seconds. Students communicate in a variety of ways: chatbox, emoticons, and microphone. It is an educationally stimulating environment.
IOE has been tested by districts with their most challenging student assignments – students who have missed coursework due to medical issues (physical and emotional) and behavior issues. Although we cannot claim a perfect success rate with every student, we have succeeded where other approaches failed for these students. What makes us stand out from our online competitors is that there is a caring human being, a dedicated professional, a NJ certified content specialist, live in the virtual classroom with the students. This is not a prepackaged course – there is spontaneity and rapport and nurturing and content expertise that allows for inquiry based learning in an IOE online course. We are a New Jersey based company and we are available to address any concerns if they were to arise. Finally your district will be able to offer unmotivated students content instruction and 21st century skills. They will be better prepared for post secondary education and the changing world ahead. Again, unlike our online competitors, technology serves education – rather than education serving technology.
Through state of the art technology IOE has been able to reach several students whose outcome we directly impacted. Examples of our success:
“I just wanted to thank you guys for giving me a chance to pass my junior year and given me so many chances to catch up. I really enjoyed the whole online classroom experience and I wish all schooling was done like this. I really loved my teachers because they were lively and easy to understand even though I never got to see them. I think that’s what makes a wonderful teacher: the fact that they can make learning fun even when I‘m not directly looking at them or sitting down in the same room as them. Again, thank you very much! My parents are thankful too.”
In addition to this example, another student, a senior, was assigned to IOE because she missed a required course for graduation. We were able to provide a Digital Multi-Media course for this student and she was able to graduate on time with her peers.