As a part of the novice badge for the Introduction to K-12 Online Learning Research, I’ve asked people to “a short blog post summarizing what you’ve learned about the topic and why you think the topic is important.”
While I write this tonight, the grading of several Master’s projects from one of my courses is looming on me, so I don’t have the time to devote to this entry that I would normally like to take. In reviewing Kathryn’s materials again, the one thing that strikes me the most is that there are indeed a wide range of resources that are available. However, the quality of those resources vary significantly. As I demonstrated in my review of the North Carolina Virtual Public School’s submitted items, sometimes the resources that have been created to support the teaching of K-12 online learning are based upon the hype of proponents or false assumptions – as opposed to being based on systematic research. On the other hand, materials like those developed by Niki Davis and her team at Iowa State University as a part of the Teacher Education Goes Into Virtual Schooling initiative provide me with some hope that there are good materials available. The difficulty for those not familiar with the research or who aren’t as grounded in the field is being able to make the determination between those resources that are based on sound research and illustrate sound pedagogy and those resources that are simply based on the ideological sales pitch of those trying to expand their market share.