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May 22, 2017

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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