Virtual School Meanderings

September 3, 2014

Call For SITE 2015 Panel – K-12 Online Learning Research

From Monday’s inbox…

Hello everyone!
Hope you had a wonderful summer! It’s hard to believe, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about SITE 2015 conference in Las Vegas, NV, March 2-6, 2015. As co-chairs of the Virtual Schooling Special Interest Group, Kathryn Kennedy (Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute) and I are putting together a panel or two focusing on research related to K-12 blended and online learning. If you’re interested in being considered for participation on a panel of researchers to share your recent work in this area, please send us a title and abstract (150 words) of the work you would like to present. Also include your name, affiliation(s), address, phone number, and email address. Please send us this information no later than Friday, September 26. We will organize the panels around common themes and will take care of submitting the necessary proposal(s) by the October 6th deadline. Keep in mind that you must be planning on attending the conference in person to be included on the panels.

We look forward to your response, and please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks so much!
Leanna Archambault & Kathryn Kennedy

SITE Virtual Schooling SIG Chairs

Editors, Journal of Online Learning Research

August 29, 2014

Call For Articles – Journal of Online Learning Research – Please Share With Your Networks!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Hope you are doing well!

Here is a call for articles for the new Journal of Online Learning Research!

http://www.mvlri.org/About-Us/MVLRI-Blog/ID/40/Call-for-articles-for-Journal-of-Online-Learning-Research

Attached is also a PDF version of the call if you’d rather share that out.

Please share it with your networks!

Thank you so much for your help in getting the word out, and enjoy your upcoming weekend.

Sincerely,
Kathryn & Leanna

August 26, 2014

Journal of Online Learning Research – Up And Running!

This showed up in my inbox a few hours ago…  It is good to see the Virtual Schooling SIG getting things accomplished and growing the profile of the field.  Note that you can look at the advisory board and review board at the site (disclosure: I’m an advisory board member), and also sign up for table of content alerts.  I’ll also post the first call when it comes through.

Dear Journal of Online Learning Research Executive Advisory Board members,

We hope this email finds you well.

We are happy to announce that the Journal of Online Learning Research is up and running and accepting submissions – http://www.aace.org/pubs/jolr/default.htm.

We will be sending out a general call within the week to start soliciting for those issues that will come after the inaugural one in January. We’ll send you this call as well so that you can share it with your network.

We are excited to have you on board! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Enjoy your day,
Kathryn & Leanna

March 20, 2014

SITE 2014 – Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace? Exploring Virtual Students Perceptions of Mobile Learning

This is the eighteenth and final session I am blogging from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2014 conference. The program details for this session were:

Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace? Exploring Virtual Students Perceptions of Mobile Learning

Michael Barbour, Sacred Heart University, United States
Tamme Quinn Grzebyk, Wayne State University, United States
John Eye, Southern Utah University, United States

Thursday, March 20 3:00-4:00 PM in River Terrace 3

Over the past decade, the number of K-12 students engaged in online learning has increased from 50,000 to more than two million. Students have also gained increased access to mobile devices throughout recent years, and educators have actively looked for ways to capitalize on this trend. A group of students enrolled in an advanced history course, offered by a statewide, supplemental virtual school in the Midwest were studied over the course of four weeks, an app that works on mobile devices, and offers an emulated version that runs on a computer. Findings in this small-scale exploratory study showed that despite the fact that existing literature indicated students’ perceptions were positive toward mobile technologies, these students’ perceptions were negative. While the isolated implementation of the project may have affected these perceptions, there is also indication that the success of the project, in terms of perception, may depend also on students’ access to mobile devices.

This was an odd one, as the online schedule is shown above, but the printed program had it scheduled from 4:15pm to 5:15pm.  Either way, this was my session and it was based on the article found at:

http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr/tojde55/articles/article_8.htm

And since it was a roundtable, I just sat around and chatted about the article using this link.

Until next year, signing out from SITE 2014….

SITE 2014 – Multiple Roles of the Teacher in the K-12 Online Learning Environment: Cautions for Teacher Education

This is the seventeenth session  I am blogging from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2014 conference. The program details for this session were:

Multiple Roles of the Teacher in the K-12 Online Learning Environment: Cautions for Teacher Education

Michael Barbour, Sacred Heart University, United States

Thursday, March 20 1:45-2:15 PM in St. Johns

While the use of online learning at the K-12 level of growing exponentially, the availability of empirical evidence to help guide this growth is severely lacking. This proposal provides a systematic review of K-12 online learning literature related to the changing role of the teacher in the virtual school environment. A critical examination of the literature supporting the use of K-12 online learning reveals a lack of research, along with substantial methodological issues surrounding the limited existing research. The review ends with a call for researchers in this field to continue to focus on the conditions under which K-12 online learning can be effective.

This is yet another session I am involved in today, so I have again embedded my slides below.

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