Virtual School Meanderings

February 7, 2017

Online Student Perceptions Of The Need For Approximate Community Of Engagement… –

Another notice from one of my open scholarship networks.  Note that the first, fourth and the second last items all have some K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning focus.
Charles R. Graham Charles R. Graham
Bookmarked by Patrick Lowenthal

Online student perceptions of the need for a proximate community of engagement at an independent study program

Research suggests that collaborative learning designs, which require interaction with teachers and peers, can promote engagement and learning for online courses. Many K-12 students seek supplemental online courses to meet graduation requirements and desire flexibility, which often conflicts with required interactions. This paper asserts that online independent study learners may create a proximate community of engagement (PCE) to provide the benefits of collaboration and interactions. Using the adolescent community of engagement (ACE) framework as a lens for identifying interactions, this…

Crompton Helen Crompton Helen
Bookmarked by Stephen Downes

A diachronic overview of mobile learning: A shift toward student-centered pedagogies.

This chapter provides a brief historical overview of the technology contributing to mobile learning (mLearning) and the concomitant progression towards student-centred pedagogies. To begin, mLearning is defined. The theoretical, pedagogical and conceptual underpinnings of it are then explained, with a focus on the technologies and the pedagogies of each decade, from the 1970s and Kay’s futuristic vision of a mobile learning device, to today’s mobile learning technologies that have surpassed Kay’s vision.

Peter Rich Peter Rich
Bookmarked by Charles Hodges

Computing and Engineering in Elementary School: The Effect of Year- long Training on Elementary Teacher Self-efficacy and Beliefs About Teaching Computing and Engineering

STEM, the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is increasingly being promoted in elementary education. However, elementary educators are largely untrained in the 21st century skills of computing (a subset of technology) and engineering. The purpose of this study was to better understand elementary teachers’ self-efficacy for and beliefs about teaching computing and engineering. An entire faculty of a US-based elementary school participated in a year-long series of weekly professional development trainings in computing and engineering. Researchers collected…

Charles R. Graham Charles R. Graham
Brigham Young UniversityInstructional Psychology & Technology, Faculty Member

An analysis of the curriculum requirements for all online k-12 teaching endorsements in the U.S

This study examined existing K-12 online teacher preparation programs in the United States to ascertain the degree to which teachers are prepared to function in online/blended classroom learning environments. This study used a content analysis approach. Research specifically targeted online teacher preparation programs implemented in institutions of higher education. The researcher collected data from state offices of education and institution deans through email surveys inquiring about the existence and capacity of K-12 online teaching endorsements, course descriptions, and other course…

Jennifer Banas Jennifer Banas
Northeastern Illinois UniversityEducation, Faculty Member

The Adolescent Health Care Broker—Adolescents Interpreting for Family Members and Themselves in Health Care

BACKGROUND: Limited health literacy disproportionately affects those with limited English proficiency (LEP). Parents with LEP might rely on their adolescent children to interpret health information. We call this adolescent health care brokering. This study uncovers the prevalence of brokering, kinds of tasks, emotional and academic impact, and desired support. METHODS: We invited 165 students from health classes (in a community in which 29.8% are foreign-born and 53.4% speak another language at home) to complete a survey. We used IBM SPSS to calculate descriptive statistics. RESULTS:…

Brock Dubbels Brock Dubbels
McMaster UniversityPsychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, Department Member

Gamification Transformed: Gamification Should Deliver the Best Parts of Game Experiences, Not Just Experiences of Game Parts

Gamification may provide new venues for offering customer experiences. The chapter compares three models of game play analyzed through user experience research. In section 1, the three models are presented: Grind Core, Freemium, and Immersion. These models are differentiated as value delivered, and user experience. Value and experience are defined across four categories: function, emotion, life change and social impact. In section 2, the role of emotion, value, and experience are described to inform how games can be transformative, providing the life change and social impact through the…

Jennifer Banas Jennifer Banas
Northeastern Illinois UniversityEducation, Faculty Member

The Adolescent Health Care Broker—Adolescents Interpreting for Family Members and Themselves in Health Care

European Scientific Journal ESJ European Scientific Journal ESJ
Bookmarked by Ugur Demiray

Distance Learning at University From A Lifelong Learning Perspective

The paper discusses the importance of distance learning within university education. This issue stems from lifelong learning perspective, relating to social factors as emigration, demographic situation and competitiveness in the labour market. Distance learning is one of the possible solutions to acquire education to working people or those who live in remote locations. The main focus of our research was on learning quality and students’ satisfaction based on the case study of distance learning mode application. The research sample was composed of 126 part-time students who participated in…

Jered Borup Jered Borup
Bookmarked by Mary F Rice

Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement at a Cyber High School

Distance education has historically contained little or no learner–learner interactions. Currently the Internet allows for unprecedented levels of learner–learner interaction and has the potential to transform how students learn online. However, many courses offered online focus more on flexibility and independence than on interaction and collaboration. Often it is up to the teacher to decide how much learner–learner interaction their courses contain. However, little research has examined how online high school teachers perceive, value, and facilitate learner–learner interactions. This case…

Nicholas Hedlund Nicholas Hedlund
Bookmarked by Helen Crompton

Coding: An Overview and Guide to Qualitative Data Analysis for Integral Researchers

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