Educators, students and parents can search for distance education opportunities at the ILO Website. Here you will find science courses that were developed specifically for ILO by award-winning Iowa teachers, as well as general requirement classes and Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) courses available through Iowa community colleges and universities.
Students enroll in classes through the guidance counselor or administrator at their local school. Schools enrolling students in ILO classes are asked to designate a site coordinator (coach) who provides on-site support and encouragement to each student or group of students. Actively involved site coordinators (coaches) are essential to a student's successful completion of ILO courses. Student grades and credits are awarded by the student's home school based on the recommendation of the ILO instructor.
ILO online courses are made available through the Moodle Course Management System (CMS). Moodle provides a secure and robust framework for delivering courses online.
Pricing depends upon the course provider. Courses developed and provided by ILO are free, as are those offered by Iowa AP Online Academy. For courses that are developed by other districts or schools, ILO acts as a broker between the vending school and the purchasing school.
In Phase 2, ILO partnered with Iowa schools and teachers to offer additional online classes in American Government and Politics, American History, English 9, English 10, and World History.
The Iowa Department of Education is funding course costs (such as teacher salary, ICN video, Moodle, purchase of online courses or software, etc.) for Phase 1 and Phase 2 classes. These courses are labeled "Enrollment Fee Waived" on the list of High School Credit Classes.
ILO Phase 3 development is promoting collaboration between ILO and Iowa high schools or higher education institutions that want to share classes with a statewide audience. Fees associated with these classes are listed in the course description or available on the offering higher education institution's website. ILO supports these classes in various ways. For classes offered by Iowa high schools, ILO posts the course descriptions on the ILO website, pays ICN video fees, pays Moodle fees, and provides online student registration. For classes offered by Iowa higher education institutions, ILO provides a link to the course description and pays ICN video fees of qualifying classes.
ILO is structured in such a way that it does not interfere with local school district operations
Local schools control access to ILO classes by:
For additional information about ILO, read the Frequently Asked Questions.
The document, "ILO Information for Administrators" lists delivery method, cost, source and timeframe for ILO classes.