Virtual School Meanderings

July 21, 2014

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Educational Technology (Kent State-USA)

As this position could have a K-12 online and blended learning focus, I did want to post it in case there may be some interest among my readers…

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educational Technology

Research Center for Educational Technology, Kent State University

The Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET) at Kent State University is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow interested in the use of innovative technologies to improve teaching and learning across the lifespan.

RCET was founded in 1999 to study the potential of technology to improve teaching and learning. The overall mission of RCET is to serve as a flagship center for research, policy and practice related to cutting-edge technologies in teaching and learning. These technologies have included 3D, mobile learning, online and blended learning, games, simulations and virtual reality. RCET researchers explore the use and impact of these technologies while providing research, practice and policy guidelines in three major settings: PreK-12 classroom/content integration; teacher professional development; and learning in out-of-school/informal settings across the lifespan (e.g. medicine, public parks, government, military, etc.).

Qualifications:  A PhD in Educational/Instructional Technology or a related field (e.g. psychology) from a leading institution is required.  The candidate will have a strong publication record and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of research and grant funding.  Given the broad scope of RCET’s work, there is no pre-defined requirement for research specialization; however, topics of potential interest include gaming, virtual reality, technologies for STEAM, emerging technologies, online and blended learning, preservice and inservice teacher education, and health technologies.

The successful candidate will have fully completed their Ph.D. within the past 1-3 years and will have strong evidence of an existing research agenda.  This twelve month position hosted in Kent, Ohio, begins in the Fall of 2014 and may be extended beyond one year contingent upon funding and performance of the Fellow.  During the year-long appointment, the candidate will be partnering with RCET researchers on existing projects as well as on the submission of new grant-funded work at the Center. Applicants must have experience in grant writing and a willingness/desire to participate in writing new grants.

Interested candidates should immediately contact Dr. Rick Ferdig, Summit Professor of Learning Technologies at the Research Center for Educational Technology ( for more information and a list of required application materials.    The application deadline is open until the position is filled.

EDTECH537 – Image Entry: How To Have An Effect On Student Achievement

Today begins Week 7 of my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, and I wanted to post a sample image entry (i.e., any entry that contains an image) this morning.

Now there are two ways that you can include images in your entry.  The first is a way that I do with all of the  entries – I include a thematically appropriate image that is related to the content.  In this instance, this thematically appropriate image is the Boise State University Department of Educational Technology logo that appears in all of my  entries.

The second way is to make the image the make focus of the blog entry’s content.  For example, regular readers will already know that I am a fan of the research conducted by John Hattie.  One of the things that John has on his blog is a series of infographics, including this one.

Visible Learning InfographicView original at

EDTECH537 – Week 7

Today begins week seven of my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course. The students this week have a couple of blogging activity that they have to complete by the end of the week (i.e., midnight on Sunday).

  • post a blog entry of any kind that has an image embedded into it (due 22 July)
  • post a blog entry of any kind that has audio embedded into it (due 24 July)
  • post a blog entry of any kind that has video embedded into it (due 26 July)
  • post a blog entry of any kind that has a poll embedded into it (due 27 July)

The readings for this week included

  • Kerawalla, L., Minocha, S., Kirkup, G., & Conole, G. (2009). An empirically-grounded framework to guide blogging in higher education. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25(1), 31-42.
  • Kerawalla, L., Minocha, S., Kirkup, G., & Conole, G. (2008). Characterising the different blogging behaviours of students on an online distance learning course. Learning Media and Technology, 33(1), 21-33.

The final thing I have asked them to do is to continue using Twitter throughout the week, and to use the hashtag #EDTECH537 for all class related tweets.

Later today I will post a sample blog entry that includes images. Tomorrow morning I will post a sample entry that has audio in it. On Wednesday morning I will post an entry that has video in it. Finally, on Thursday morning I will post an entry that has a poll embedded in it.

July 20, 2014

Seeking Aspiring Leaders

This showed up in my inbox yesterday…  Thought that it may be of some interest to some of my post-secondary readers…

PATHS - Career Paths for Higher Education

Seeking Aspiring Academic Leaders

Are you a college or university employee who has just started your management career? Do you aspire to take on higher level leadership positions? If you answered ‘YES’ to either of these questions, then the Accelerated Career Paths for Higher Education (PATHS) program was designed for you!

With the continuous shift in the academic population, and with ever-changing academic hiring practices in higher education, the need to fill management positions with qualified academic leaders has never been more important. Some thought leaders refer to this as an academic leadership crisis. PATHS is designed to help address this crisis by offering aspiring leaders, like you, a unique, career-boosting opportunity—packaged in 12 hours of intense, online training that runs from September 8 through October 31, 2014.

The PATHS program focuses on what it takes to become a leader in today’s higher education environment. The key to the success of PATHS is its combination of mentoring services and a highly interactive, team-based online learning experience.

So… if you’re ready to boost your career, visit the PATHS website to learn more about this career-changing program. Mentors will be available for the first 50 registrants, so don’t delay… register for PATHS today!

Accelerated Career Paths for Higher Education (PATHS) September 8 – October 31, 2014 Register Now

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Worth A Read

From Friday’s inbox…

Worth A Read

The (Il)logic of Teacher Evaluation

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, shares his recent commentary on teacher evaluation. “Let’s get real, for a change.  Teacher evaluation is not going to get us a supply of great teachers.  And an oversupply of great teachers is the only thing that is going to fill our schools with great teachers.  The logic of test-based teacher evaluation is deeply faulty, a strategic dead end.”

Waking Up To Our Broken Education Policies

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Jeff Bryant shares his thoughts on what he calls the “education spring” – a rising voice of educators in opposition to the policies of the education “reform” movement.

How Music Education Powers the STEAM Movement

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Richard Naithram shares information on an event sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which discussed music education policy. “The day after the briefing, more than 150 music education leaders and supporters visited Capitol Hill for NAfME Hill Day 2014 and shared with elected officials the urgent need to ensure the continued preservation of school-based music programs across America.”

The Splintering School Reform Movement

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Mike Petrilli discusses the splintering education reform movement. “One of the great misconceptions in education is that the reform movement is monolithic. There have always been competing camps, often defined on ideological grounds. Conservatives and libertarians tend to stress school choice, for example; liberals are much more comfortable with an intrusive federal role.”

Five Strategies for Surviving a Hard Year of Teaching

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

John Spencer offers five suggestions to “survive” a hard year of teaching.

Christie reduces impact of student test scores in teacher evaluations

Posted: 13 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Hannan Adely reports on the Cristie administration’s rollback of new standardized tests as a measure for teacher evaluations.

The Language Of Teacher Effectiveness

Posted: 13 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Matthew Di Carlo of the Shanker Institute discusses the conflation of terms associated with teacher effectiveness and teacher performance. “Regardless of one’s views on value-added and its policy deployment, however, there is a point at which our failure to define terms can go too far, and perhaps cause confusion.”

Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement

Posted: 01 Jul 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Morgan Polikoff and Shauna Campbell review Linda Darling-Hammond’s recent book “Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement.”

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