Virtual School Meanderings

August 2, 2016

7 Day Groove Challenge – Links Entry: Online Teaching Research

As I mentioned yesterday, Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger has issued a 7 Days to Getting Your Blogging Groove Back challenge.  I told my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom students that I would do my best to participate in this challenge fully – as a way to model different things you can do to ensure that you have a consistent stream of original blog entries.

So Darren has posted the first task, Challenge: Create a List Post.

One of the topics that I am often asked about is what research is available that focuses specifically on K-12 online teaching (or as I classify as the delivery of K-12 online learning).  While there is a growing body of literature, it is still sparse (not all items have active links).

Borup, J. (2016). Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement at a Cyber High School. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(3). Retrieved from

Borup, J., Graham, C. R., & Drysdale, J. S. (2014). The nature of teacher engagement at an online high school. British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(5), 793-806.

Borup, J., Graham, C. R., & Velasquez, A. (2013). Technology-mediated caring: Building relationships between students and instructors in online K-12 learning environments. Advances on Teaching, 18, 183-202.

Brown, J., Sheppard, B., & Stevens, K. (2000). Effective schooling in a telelearning environment. St. John’s, NL: Centre for TeleLearning and Rural Education. Retrieved from

DiPietro, M. (2010). Virtual school pedagogy: The instructional practices of K-12 virtual school teachers. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 42(3), 327–354.

DiPietro, M., Ferdig, R. E., Black, E. W., & Preston, M. (2008). Best practices in teaching K-12 online: Lessons learned from Michigan Virtual School teachers. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 7(1). Retrieved from

Drysdale, J. S., Graham, C. R., & 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.

Ferdig, R. E., Cavanaugh, C., DiPietro, M., Black, E. W., & Dawson, K. (2009) Virtual schooling standards and best practices for teacher education. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 17(4), 479-503.

Murphy, E. (2010). Online synchronous communication in the second-language classroom. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35(3). Retrieved from

Murphy, E., & Coffin, G. (2003). Synchronous communication in a web-based senior high school course: Maximizing affordances and minimizing constraints of the tool. American Journal of Distance Education, 17(4), 235-246.

Murphy, E., & Rodríguez-Manzanares, M. (2009a). Learner-centredness in high-school distance learning: Teachers’perspectives and research-validated principles. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(5), 597-610. Retrieved from

Murphy, E., & Rodríguez-Manzanares, M. (2009b). Teachers’ perspectives on motivation in high-school distance education. Journal of Distance Education, 23(3), 1-24. Retrieved from

Murphy, E., & Rodríguez-Manzanares, M. (2009c). Sage without a stage: A cultural historical activity theory perspective on e-teaching in web-based, high-school classrooms. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(3). Retrieved from

Murphy, E., Rodriguez-Manzanares, M., & Barbour, M. K. (2011). Asynchronous and synchronous online teaching: Perspectives of Canadian high school distance education teachers. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(4), 583–591.

Nippard, E., & Murphy, E. (2007). Social presence in the web-based synchronous secondary classroom. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 33(1). Retrieved from

Rice, K. (2011). Making the move to K-12 online teaching: Research-based strategies and practices. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Smith, R. D. (2009). Virtual voices: Online teachers’ perceptions of online teaching standards. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 17(4), 547-571.

Zucker, A., & Kozma, R. (2003). The Virtual High School: Teaching generation V. New York:Teachers College Press.

Another others that are specifically focused on teaching that I’ve missed that you’d like to add?


  1. Really good list there to go through Michael

    Comment by Stephen Dunne — August 2, 2016 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Stephen! I suspect that there are 2015 and 2016 pieces that I have probably overlooked, but I think I hit most of the items based on Darren’s daily call.

      Comment by Michael Barbour — August 3, 2016 @ 7:04 am | Reply

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