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May 22, 2017

Academia.edu Reading History — “Educational Technology Research Journals:” The American Journal of Distance…”

Another item from one of my open scholarship networks from last week.

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Educational Technology Research Journals:” The American Journal of Distance Education,” 2001-2010

by Lisa Halverson, et al.  |  Viewed 2 days ago

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An analysis of high impact scholarship and publication trends in blended learning,

by Lisa Halverson  |  Viewed 2 days ago

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Research into K-12 Online & Blended Learning

by Cathy Cavanaugh, et al.  |  Viewed 5 days ago

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Barriers to Online Education in a Developing Country: The Case of Nepal. In Clark, T. & Barbour, M., Eds., Online and Distance Education in Schools: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Stylus.

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Blended Learning Research in Higher Education and K-12 Settings – Academia.edu

From one of my open scholarship networks from last week.  Note several K-12 distance, online, and blended learning items that are available open access.

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Charles R. Graham Charles R. Graham
Bookmarked by Chris Stacey

Blended Learning Research in Higher Education and K-12 Settings

Abstract Blended learning is adopted widely in educational settings. Over the past decade, blended courses have increased in higher education (HE), and currently blended learning is expanding in K-12 as well. As blended learning becomes more prevalent, opportunities for research into blended learning are also increasing. Researchers and practitioners need to know the current issues and lines of inquiry prominent in blended learning to direct them to the cutting-edge research and enable them to identify the most pressing problems. This chapter synthesizes and categorizes current blended…

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Cathy Cavanaugh Cathy Cavanaugh
Bookmarked by Feng Liu

A Call to Action for Research in Digital Learning: Learning Without Limits of Time, Place, Path, Pace…or Evidence

This essay is a call for rethinking our approach to research in digital learning. It plots a path founded in social trends and advances in education. A brief review of these trends and advances is followed by discussion of what flattened research might look like at scale. Scaling research in digital learning is crucial to advancing understanding as digital learning quickly becomes mainstream (Watson, Pape, Murin, Gemin, & Vashaw, 2014) and as learning environments and pedagogies shift rapidly. Educators and leaders need more current and detailed insights into effective practice as…

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Cathy Cavanaugh Cathy Cavanaugh
University of FloridaEducational Technology, Faculty Member

Participation in the Virtual Environment of Blended College Courses: An Activity Study of Student Performance

This paper describes a study of success factors in the introductory semester of liberal studies blended courses offered at the Bachelor of Science level. The influence of student participation in the online course environment was examined, as measured by the number of times students logged into the learning management system (LMS) and average session length. These measures were correlated with final course grades to increase understanding of the participation patterns of successful students. The resulting patterns and their implications are identified. We observe that students with an…

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Cathy Cavanaugh Cathy Cavanaugh
University of FloridaEducational Technology, Faculty Member

Research into K-12 Online & Blended Learning

To truly understand K-12 online and blended learning research, you have to dig deeper into the components that make up K-12 online and blended learning. In other words, there are so many variations in design, instruction, facilitation, purpose, and content, no single study will answer everything we need to know about K-12 online learning. It is more important to explore the components and the research surrounding those components. In addition to digging deeper, there are at least five key areas that any K-12 online and blended learning educator should consider. They include: 1) asking the…

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Cathy Cavanaugh Cathy Cavanaugh
University of FloridaEducational Technology, Faculty Member

K-12 Mobile Learning

Mobile devices have been the focus of a push in many nations and internationally as part of efforts to achieve greater literacy and numeracy among students. Research has shown a strong link between Internet usage, the spread of broadband in a country, and its GDP. Those countries that are the highest performing educationally already integrate mobile devices in their education. This paper synthesizes empirical research on mobile devices from 2010 to 2013 in K-12 schools by focusing on studies that demonstrate emerging themes in this area. It is also clear that the pedagogy needed to be…

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Cathy Cavanaugh Cathy Cavanaugh
University of FloridaEducational Technology, Faculty Member

Barriers to Online Education in a Developing Country: The Case of Nepal. In Clark, T. & Barbour, M., Eds., Online and Distance Education in Schools: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Stylus.

In many nations, e-learning for elementary and secondary students is seen as a solution to several educational problems, including crowded schools, shortages of secondary courses needed by remedial or accelerated students, lack of access to qualified teachers in a local school, and students who need to learn at a pace or in a place different from a school classroom. A fundamental challenge in this relatively new educational field is building upon successful practice and research. This chapter seeks to address this need for guidance from prior research and practice through application to the…

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Barbara L McCombs Barbara L McCombs

Reducing the achievement GAP

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Barbara L McCombs Barbara L McCombs

ERIC/ECTJ Annual Review Paper

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Jo Tondeur Jo Tondeur
Bookmarked by Lisa Durff

Student teachers’ thinking processes and ICT integration: predictors of prospective teaching behaviors with educational technology

Student teachers should be prepared to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) into their future teaching and learning practices. Despite the increased availability and support for ICT integration, relatively few teachers intend to integrate ICT into their teaching activities (e.g., Ertmer, 2005). The available research has thus far mainly focused on isolated teacher related variables to explain the weak level of ICT integration. Also, most of this research was set up in Western settings. The present study centers on the impact of Chinese student teachers’ gender,…

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Norm Friesen Norm Friesen
Bookmarked by Patrick Lowenthal

Telepresence and Tele-absence in Videoconferencing

Tablets and smart phones, together with new communication services such as Skype and Facetime, have changed what it means to “keep in touch”. In changing communicative practice, these media are delimiting new experiential horizons, providing phenomenological research with novel variations on the lived experience of space and embodiment, self and other. Online textual communications have been shown to bring with them a dynamic tension between sensed presence and factual absence, between the immediacy of reaction and mediation of response (e.g., Friesen 2011; Milne 2013). Such tensions are…

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News From The NEPC: Closing Low-Performing Schools Is A Failing Reform Strategy

From the inbox late last week…

Closing schools to improve student achievement is, at best, a “high-risk/low-gain” strategy.
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Closing Low-Performing Schools is a Failing Reform Strategy

Key Takeaway: Closing schools to improve student achievement is, at best, a “high-risk/low-gain” strategy.

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William J. Mathis: (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net
Gail L. Sunderman: (443) 932-1934, gsunderm@umd.edu

BOULDER, CO (May 18, 2017) – Federal and state school accountability policies have used standardized test results to shine a spotlight on low-performing schools. A remedy offered to “turn around” low-performance in school districts is the option to close the doors of the low-performing schools and send students elsewhere.

School Closure as a Strategy to Remedy Low Performance, authored by Gail L. Sunderman of the University of Maryland, and Erin Coghlan and Rick Mintrop of the University of California, Berkeley, investigates whether closing schools and transferring students for the purpose of remedying low performance is an effective option for educational decision makers to pursue.

Closing schools in response to low student performance is based on the premise that by closing low-performing schools and sending students to better-performing ones, student achievement will improve. The higher-performing schools, it is reasoned, will give transfer students access to higher-quality peer and teacher networks, which in turn will have a beneficial effect on academic outcomes. Moreover, it is argued that the threat of closure may motivate low-performing schools (and their districts) to improve.

To investigate this logic of closing schools to improve student performance, the authors drew on relevant peer-reviewed research and well-designed policy reports to answer four questions:

  1. How often do school closings occur and for what reasons?
  2. What is the impact on students of closing schools for reasons of performance?
  3. What is the impact of closing schools on the public school system in which closure has taken place?
  4. What is the impact of school closures on students of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and on local communities and neighborhoods?

Based on their analysis of the relevant available evidence the authors offer the following recommendations:

  • Even though school closures have dramatically increased, jurisdictions largely shun the option of “closure and transfer” in the context of the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. Policy and district actors should treat the infrequency of this turnaround option as a caution.
  • School closures have at best weak and decidedly mixed benefits; at worst they have detrimental repercussions for students if districts do not ensure that seats at higher- performing schools are available for transfer students. In districts where such assignments are in short or uncertain supply, “closure and transfer” is a decidedly undesirable option.
  • School closures seem to be a challenge for transferred students in non-academic terms for at least one or two years. While school closures are not advisable for a school of any grade span, they are especially inadvisable for middle school students because of the shorter grade span of such schools.
  • The available evidence on the effects of school closings for their local system offers a cautionary note. There are costs associated with closing buildings and transferring teachers and students, which reduce the available resources for the remaining schools. Moreover, in cases where teachers are not rehired under closure-and-restart models, there may be broader implications for the diversity of the teaching workforce. Closing schools to consolidate district finances or because of declining enrollments may be inevitable at times, but closing solely for performance has unanticipated consequences that local and state decision makers should be aware of.
  • School closures are often accompanied by political conflict. Closures tend to differentially affect low-income communities and communities of color that are politically disempowered, and closures may work against the demand of local actors for more investment in their local institutions.

In conclusion, school closure as a strategy for remedying student achievement in low-performing schools is at best a high-risk/low-gain strategy that fails to hold promise with respect to either increasing student achievement or promoting the non-cognitive well-being of students. The strategy invites political conflict and incurs hidden costs for both districts and local communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color that are differentially affected by school closings. It stands to reason that in many, if not most, instances, students, parents, local communities, district and state policymakers may be better off investing in persistently low-performing schools rather than closing them.

Find School Closure as a Strategy to Remedy Low Performance, by Gail L. Sunderman, Erin Coghlan and Rick Mintrop, at: http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/closures

This policy brief was made possible in part by the support of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice (greatlakescenter.org).

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at: http://nepc.colorado.edu


Copyright © 2017 National Education Policy Center. All rights reserved.

You’re Now In The Top 0.5% Of Researchers On Academia.edu!

Interesting…  This is from one of my open scholarship networks – and while I have regularly been in the top 1% or 2% (even falling into the top 3% for a while), this is the first time that I have been in the top 0.5%.  Honestly, I didn’t know there was a level higher than top 1% until now.

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You’re now in the top 0.5% of researchers on Academia by 30-day views!
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19-21 May 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 19, 2017
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A New Kind of Stock Chart: K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) Critical Pivot Points

This is a real time view of the critical technical pivot points for K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) . The technical pivot points we look at all surround the stock price …
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K12 Inc. (LRN) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold”

K12 Inc. logo Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a report published …
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Services Stocks Alert – Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN)

Dividend growth investing is a strategy that focuses on companies which regularly raise dividends. The strategy focuses on growth in dividends over a …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 19, 2017
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K12 Inc. (LRN) Director Guillermo Bron Sells 7000 Shares

K12 logo K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Director Guillermo Bron sold 7,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 4th. The stock …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 20, 2017
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K12 (LRN) Given Coverage Optimism Score of -0.03

K12 logo Media headlines about K12 (NYSE:LRN) have trended somewhat negative recently, AlphaOne reports. The research firm, a division of …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 20, 2017
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Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Likely to Impact K12 (LRN) Share Price

K12 logo Press coverage about K12 (NYSE:LRN) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis reports. AlphaOne …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 20, 2017
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K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) Valuation According To Analysts

The share price of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) was up +0.57% during the last trading session, with a day high of 19.61. 145896 shares were traded on K12 …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 20, 2017
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Insider Selling: K12 Inc. (LRN) EVP Sells 25231 Shares of Stock

K12 logo K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) EVP Joseph Zarella sold 25,231 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 4th. The shares …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 20, 2017
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K12 Inc. (LRN) Director Sells $142870.00 in Stock

K12 logo K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Director Guillermo Bron sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 4th.
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 21, 2017
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Hennessy Advisors Inc. Purchases Shares of 215600 K12 Inc. (LRN)

K12 logo Hennessy Advisors Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 21, 2017
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K12 Inc. (LRN) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results

K12 logo K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The company reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 21, 2017
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K12 Inc. (LRN) Releases Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.16 EPS

K12 logo K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) issued its earnings results on Thursday. The company reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 22, 2017
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K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Stock Ticks -6.21%

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) shares saw the needle move -6.21% on the week. The stock closed the most recent session at $19.47 after seeing 145896 …
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