Virtual School Meanderings

March 7, 2017

Toward a Generalizable Understanding of Twitter and Social Media Use Across… –

Note the one or two K-12 distance, online and blended learning items below.
George Veletsianos George Veletsianos
Royal Roads UniversitySchool of Education and Technology, Faculty Member

Toward a Generalizable Understanding of Twitter and Social Media Use Across MOOCs: Who Participates on MOOC Hashtags and In What Ways

Researchers have proposed that social media provide complementary learning environments for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that might engender participation, engagement, and peer-support. Although suggestive, nearly all of the research in this area consists of case studies, making it challenging to determine whether or to what extent findings can be generalized to MOOCs beyond those studied. This mixed methods research used data mining techniques to retrieve a large-scale Twitter data set from 116 MOOCs with course-dedicated hashtags. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, it then…

J. Michael Spector J. Michael Spector
University of North TexasLearning Technologies, Faculty Member

Philosophical Implications for the Design of Instruction

There is a long history connecting philosophy and learning that dates at least back to Plato’s dialogues and includes such distinguished modern scholars as Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky. More recently the discussion about the relationship between philosophy and learning has arisen in the context of constructivism. Given the long history and prominence of this discussion, it is perhaps worthwhile to revisit foundational concerns linking philosophical perspectives and learning theory, and to explore what implications may exist for the design of instruction. The argument presented herein is that…

Mary F Rice Mary F Rice
University of KansasCenter for Research on Learning, Department Member

Online Teacher Work to Support Self-Regulation of Learning in Students with Disabilities at a Fully Online State Virtual School

Students with disabilities represent a growing number of learners receiving education in K-12 fully online learning programs. They are, unfortunately, also a large segment of the online learning population who are not experiencing success in these environments. In response, scholars have recommended increasing instruction in self-regulation skills for these students, but whether teachers are able to promote self-regulation as part of their instruction and how they will do so remains unknown. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how practicing teachers provided…

Jo Tondeur Jo Tondeur
Bookmarked by Lisa Durff

Developing a validated instrument to measure pre-service teachers’ ICT competencies: Meeting the demands of the 21st-century

The main objective of this study is to develop a self-report instrument to measure pre-service teachers’ ICT competencies in education. The questionnaire items of this instrument are based on an existing comprehensive framework and were created with input from experts in the field. The data were collected from a sample of 931 final-year pre-service teachers in Flanders (Belgium). A first subsample was used for an exploratory factor analysis, and a second one to verify the identified factor structure via confirmatory factor analysis. A two-factor structure of ICT competencies was identified:…

James McGrath James McGrath
Bookmarked by Jonny Scaramanga

Review of Bart Ehrman, Jesus Before the Gospels

Review of Bart Ehrman’s book Jesus Before the Gospels, published in Review of Biblical Literature

Karen Barad Karen Barad
Bookmarked by Mary F Rice

Quantum entanglements and hauntological relations of inheritance: Dis/continuities, spacetime enfoldings, and justice-to-come

Bookmarked by Peggy Semingson

Pre-service Teachers’ Use of a Technology Integration Planning Cycle: A Case Study

This study explored pre-service teachers’ use of Hutchison and Woodward’s (2014) Technology Integration Planning Cycle for instructional lesson planning in literacy. Ten pre-service teachers enrolled in a course entitled Literacy. Assessment and Instruction II participated. As part of the course, each preservice teacher developed and delivered weekly one-on-one instruction for a child in first through fifth grade. The Planning Cycle was used in an effort to increase pre-service teachers’ consideration for the use of digital technology tools. The study was conducted as a case study (Yin,…

Thierry Karsenti Thierry Karsenti
Bookmarked by Patrick Lowenthal

A Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry into Future Teachers’ Use of Information and Communications Technology to Develop Students’ Information Literacy Skills

ABSTRACT This study aims to understand how preservice programs prepare future teachers to use ICT to develop students’ information literacy skills. A survey was conducted from January 2014 through May 2014 with 413 future teachers in four French Canadian universities. In the spring of 2015, qualitative data were also collected from 48 students in their final year of an initial teacher training program. Our findings suggest that although future teachers receive formal ICT training as part of their program, information literacy is not formally addressed. Nevertheless, information literacy is…

LaTefy Schoen Faculty LaTefy Schoen Faculty
Bookmarked by Lisa Durff

LS – Active Lrng for Ed Chg – Scan 2017-2-16 .pdf

This is my newest chapter (2017) co-authored with Eija Kimonen and Raimo Nevalainen, which was published in Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education. Kimonen, E. & Nevalainen, R. Eds., Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense publishers. The chapter begins with defining Active Learning and establishes its philosophical and theoretical underpinnings. This final chapter of the book highlights how education and the act of teaching are dependent on the interaction of the individual (learner and teacher) with the environment. Through this intimate interaction of the individual with the environment,…

Jeremy Knox Jeremy Knox
Bookmarked by George Veletsianos

Knox, J. (2013) Five Critiques of the Open Educational Resources Movement. Teaching in Higher Education.

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