Here are some frequently asked questions about our solution and services. If you do not find your question answered here, please call or send us an email.
Do I need to install any software to use your platform?
The InnovatED delivery platform is a Software as a Service (SAAS) distribution model, which is delivered via the Internet. There are no requirements to install any proprietary client or server side applications to enable the delivery of educational content to district partners. There are no additional infrastructure requirements needed to support this delivery model.
Does your curriculum align to each individual state’s unique standards?
Yes, schools have the ability to download their relevant state standards to the eLS. From within the eLS they can quickly map all of curriculum.
Do we need to use InnovatED instructors to teach the courses?
You don't NEED to use InnovatED instructors. In fact, our platform can be implemented in a variety of models - . However, InnovatED does have a Virtually Learning Center staffed by fully-certified and highly-qualified instructors. Our online instructors are willing and able to assist you and your students should that be the route you would like to go.
How long does it take to fully implement the InnovatED platform?
The time it takes to implement really does depend upon the extensiveness of the implementation. If you have just a few students and are simply looking for a quick alternative education program, we can have your students enrolled and learning with in 3-4 days. On the other hand, if you are seeking a district-wide alternative education platform we would be more than happy to assist you. To ensure that all individuals who are participating in this type of program are comfortable with the technology and procedures, a customized implementation plan will be prepared and followed. This would necessitate time for planning and training.
What are the specific computer requirements to run InnovatED’s suite of programs?
The InnovatED delivery platform is a Software as a Service (SAAS) distribution model, which is delivered via the Internet. Therefore there are no requirements to install any proprietary client or server side applications to enable the delivery of educational content to district partners. There are no additional infrastructure requirements needed to support this delivery model.
- Microsoft® Office Suite or Open Office
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0 with SP1 or above OR Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or above
- Note: Pop-up blocking disabled
- Internet Connection -- 128 Kb/s or higher
- *speakers and microphone required for select courses.
Can schools add their own content and curriculum to the courses?
InnovatED’s powerful eLS and modular curriculum design allows for unlimited course customization. In addition to State Standards, School District or organization-specific standards can be added to the system and student mastery can be tracked through customized instruction and/or assessments. This customization can be integrated into your current lessons or appear as additions to the existing InnovatED curriculum.
Which grade levels are your coursed designed for?
The courses which InnovatED has already developed serve the needs of grades 9-12. However, the eLS platform is designed to allow schools and companies upload any of there existing curriculum as well as design and augment the curriculum from within the system. We truly mean unlimited course customization. Supplemental material may be added from 3rd party providers, as well as the addition of any personally created materials. As the eLS is web-based, any material that can be delivered digitally over the internet can be added to a course.
Can organizations/businesses besides schools utilize the InnovatED platform?
The dynamic capabilities of the InnovatED Platform extend beyond the delivery of courses in the K-12 or education world into professional development and workplace training. The eLS allows for the upload of any material, to support training, communication, or continued education for professional development or corporate training. The same diagnostic and prescriptive assessments that aid teachers in delivering content to their students are available to administrators and instructors who are providing training as part of a professional development program.
Are InnovatED’s courses accredited?
InnovatED is accredited through CITA. "Created in 1994, CITA accredited public and private educational institutions around the world. In 2009, AdvancED acquired CITA and now supports all its institutions. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and educating 15 million student." - CITA
What makes InnovatED unique among other distance learning providers?
Our distance education platform can be used to create individualized instruction and intervention to meet a wide variety of needs through a diverse cross section of students. Often distance education software and programs are niche specific; that is, uniquely matched to a particular segment of the population, i.e. at risk students. Such programs do not allow districts the ability to individualize education without consuming and having to accommodate multiple programs.
InnovatED is also committed to keeping the teacher as the focal point of the instructional process. Our review of competitors in the content marketplace reveals that the role of the teacher is often mitigated by the use of technology, ultimately “depersonalizing” the instructional process. In the InnovatED model, the teacher is provided with tools that proactively provide information and feedback on student performance, so that teachers may engage students in a timely manner when performance is not at expected levels.
Utilizing our years of direct online instructional experience, InnovatED has created a dynamic system for monitoring student progress and effectively training instructors in how to support and engage students in the instructional process. By utilizing a suite of technologies, including interactive curriculum, teachers can reach out to students efficiently and personalize their education to maximize and promote student success.