As I mentioned in the entry EdITLib DL TOC Alert: Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 22, No. 1, this was a special issue focused on K-12 online and blended learning. This is the first article from that special issue.
An Online High School “Shepherding” Program: Teacher roles and experiences mentoring online students
Jeffery Drysdale, Charles Graham, Brigham Young University, United States ; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States
JTATE Volume 22, Number 1, January 2014 ISSN 1059-7069
Several online programs use on-site facilitators to create a stronger sense of community and reduce student dropout. However, very little research addresses how programs that are fully online can provide their students with comparable support. Using K-12 online research, this case study analyzed a “shepherding program” at Mountain Heights Academy, a fully online high school. We found that the shepherding program enabled fully online teachers to provide their students with many of the services typical of on-site facilitators. The roles of the shepherding program included building caring relationships, facilitating content interaction, and providing students with the communication links they needed to be successful. In addition, the shepherding program increased teachers’ job satisfaction, responsibility, motivation, and mental peace. Demands on teachers who acted as shepherds included investments of time and emotion. This case study provides fully online schools with one approach for improving student support.
Drysdale, J., Graham, C. & Borup, J. (2014). An Online High School “Shepherding” Program: Teacher roles and experiences mentoring online students. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 22(1), 9-32. Chesapeake, VA: SITE. Retrieved February 17, 2014 from http://www.editlib.org/p/112372.
Also from Monday’s inbox… Note that this is a special issue focused on K-12 online and blended learning, so throughout the day I’ll be posting individual article notices for each.
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An Online High School ?Shepherding? Program: Teacher roles and experiences mentoring online students
Jeffery Drysdale & Charles Graham, Brigham Young University, United States; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States
Who is Teaching? New Roles for Teachers and Parents in Cyber Charter Schools
Lisa Hasler Waters & Peter Leong, University of Hawaii-Manoa, United States
Blended Learning: Core Concepts and Evaluation Strategies
Kevin Oliver, North Carolina State Universtiy, United States; Dallas Stallings, North Carolina State University, United States
K-12 online and blended teacher licensure: Striking a balance between policy and preparedness
Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University, United States; Kristen DeBruler & Joseph Freidhoff, Michigan Virtual University, United States
The Adolescent Community of Engagement Framework: A Lens for Research on K-12 Online Learning
Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States; Richard E. West, Charles R. Graham & Randall S. Davies, Brigham Young University, United States
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