Virtual School Meanderings

March 22, 2016

SITE 2016 – Cyber School Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement

As I mentioned in the entry entitled SITE 2016 And K-12 Online Learning, the the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) 2016 annual conference is occurring in Savannah, Georgia this week, and SITE is home to the K-12 Online Learning SIG.  That means that I will be blogging many of the sessions throughout the week.  The tenth session I am blogging is:

Cyber School Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement

  1. Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States

Tuesday, March 22 2:15-2:45 PM in Savannah View on map

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Little research has examined how cyber high school teachers perceive, value, and facilitate learner-learner interactions. This case study used teacher surveys and interviews at a full-time online charter high school to examine teacher perceptions of learner-learner interactions. The analysis identified four student behaviors that positively impact student engagement and learning: befriending, motivating, instructing, and collaborating. Teachers also identified several drawbacks to learner-learner interactions such as bullying and cheating. Furthermore, there appeared to be tension between providing for students’ individual needs and requiring collaborative learning opportunities.

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Distance/Flexible Education K-12 Online Learning

As with Jered’s other session today, I am presenting in another room during this slot.  So this is about all I can say about the session.  Note the links above will take you to Jered’s page in the Academic Experts system.  Also, I’d welcome any one posting notes or links in the comments below.

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