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July 9, 2018

EDTECH537 – Links Entry: My Five Most Downloaded Articles On

Earlier this morning, in my Week 3 entry, I indicated that today I would post a links entry to model for my EDTECH537 students. So…

Today I decided to focus my interests on my account, specifically I wanted to take a look at my five most viewed articles.

1. Barbour, M. K. (2013). The landscape of K-12 online learning: Examining what is known. In M. G. Moore (Eds.), Handbook of distance education (3rd ed.) (pp. 574-593). New York: Routledge.

Interestingly, this is a book chapter that has received 3,160 views since I first uploaded it (and there is no way for me to determine when I uploaded it, other than memory – so it is a hopeless cause).  This is also my most downloaded article, with 917 downloads.  It is worth noting that the next edition of the handbook, which features an updated version of this chapter, should be out in the next 6-12 months.

2. Barbour, M. K., & Reeves, T. C. (2009). The reality of virtual schools: A review of the literature. Computers and Education, 52(2), 402-416.

I was actually a little surprised that this was number two with only 2,270 views and 640 downloads, as it has always been my most cited piece in just about any other scholarly metric.  I was also surprised that it was almost a full 1,000 views lower than my Handbook of Distance Education chapter.

3. Barbour, M. K. (2012). Virtual schools are more cost-effective compared to traditional, brick-and-mortar schools? In K. P. Brady (Ed.), Technology in Schools: Debating Issues in American Education (pp. 84-90). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

This was actually a debate-style chapter that I contributed for a friend and colleague, I took the affirmative and she argued that the two mediums cost the same.  I’m a little surprised that this took the third spot with 1,553 views and 85 downloads (note the significant drop in downloads from the number two spot), but upon reflection it makes some sense given the topic.  I can imagine that a lot of people Google whether online learning is more cost effective than face-to-face learning, and this chapter is one of the first attempts to look at a variety of evidence on the topic (so it also has a lot of good citations).  Interestingly, I don’t consider it one of my stronger pieces.

4. Siko, J. P., & Barbour, M. K. (2013). Game design and homemade PowerPoint games: An examination of the justifications and a review of the research. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 22(1), 81-108.

This article was an interesting find, as it doesn’t really have anything to do with the main focus of my research – i.e., K-12 distance, online, and blended learning.  However, it is the literature review portion of my first doctoral student’s dissertation.  So I am sure that he is pleased to see this appear so high on my list with 737 views and 57 downloads.

5. Barbour, M. K. (2012). Teachers perceptions of iPads in the classroom. MACUL Journal, 32(4), 25-26.

Now this one is kind of funny, but really does underscore the value of these academic social networks for posting one’s research.  The MACUL Journal is a small, practitioner-focused magazine from the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning that publishes these one to three page articles.  This particular article, which has 555 views and 123 downloads, was based on a small internal grant that I wrote while I was at Wayne State University that allowed me to buy myself an iPad with a bunch of accessories.

So that’s my list.  For my academic colleagues out there, what does your’s look like?


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