In 2007, seeing the future of teacher learning would include online professional development, the AEA Chief Administrators commissioned what would be known as the AEA Online Council (archived website). Composed of a representative from each AEA, the Online Council is a collection of expertise from license renewal programs, educational services, media services, and education technology.
In addition to several ex officio members, including from several partners, the AEA Online Council met monthly to discuss, prioritize, and plan professional development opportunities.
In the fall of 2009, the AEA Online Council recommended doing more than simply working collaboratively. They proposed a statewide system, where online professional development would be located in one place for educators across the state. This was the beginning of AEA Learning Online.
In the fall of 2010, the AEAs drafted a 28E agreement to govern the system, choosing one AEA to be the "host" for the statewide technology, while the planning continued with the work of the Online Council. To oversee an operational budget, the 28E agreement established a 5-person governance council.
In January 2011, AEA Learning Online received approval from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to offer license renewal credit. Currently, we partner with 3 institutions to deliver graduate credit: Drake University, Morningside College, and Viterbo University.
To help guide the work of AEA Learning Online's license renewal credit offerings, the AEA Online Advisory Council meets regularly. Meeting the requirements set in code, the Advisory Council is a mixture of stakeholders from LEAs, post-secondary institutions, statewide organizations, and the community.