Online Learning Trends

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A graduate of Harvard University with an EdM in school leadership, Cory Olcott has taught at multiple schools in Massachusetts and California. Cory Olcott is particularly interested in online learning, a field that is constantly evolving. Following are few trends that are changing the online learning landscape.

Smarter use of data. The prevalence of data in today’s e-learning environment allows teachers to use data to tailor instruction according to each student’s needs. Educators can use students’ test results to fine-tune their lessons and help students in areas where they struggle.

Two-way communication. Educators have the ability to gather feedback on the content they deliver. Teachers can leverage surveys and questionnaires to ask students about areas in which they need assistance. Teachers can then adapt their strategies to meet students’ needs.

Microlearning. A strategy that recently has grown exponentially, microlearning allows students to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace. Microlearning emphasizes content delivery in short, focused sessions to maintain students’ attention and help them master specific concepts.

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Cory Olcott

After years of teaching while coaching sports teams in California, Cory Olcott moved across the country to enroll in Harvard University's School Leadership Program, where he will earn his license to serve as a school administrator. While attending this program, Olcott also works as a Principal Intern at TechBoston Academy, where he observes teachers in the classroom and provides evaluations and feedback to help them improve their methods. Cory Olcott began his professional career as an English teacher, where he jump-started in-school water polo programs and helped lead one of his first teams to a 29-1 record. As Olcott changed schools over his career, he continued to serve various water polo clubs and programs as a coach. In three seasons as the head water polo coach at Palo Alto High School, Cory Olcott helped five players receive scholarships to Division I programs, while six of his players were honored as Academic All-Americans. Through his studies at Harvard University, Olcott is expanding on his knowledge of education through classes that prepare him for the administrative duties of running a school, including financial strategies, fundraising considerations, and leadership ethics. He is expected to earn his principal licensure in the summer of 2012. Cory Olcott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Outside of work, Olcott enjoys swimming, running, skiing, exploring New England, and spending time with his son and daughter. He is a Co-Chair of the Northwestern 20th Reunion Committee and is a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Council.

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