Virtual School Meanderings

April 9, 2019

AERA 2019 – Quasi-Experimental Evaluation Of Usage Of Virtual Learning Environments: A Latent Class Approach With Inverse Probability Of Treatment Weighting

The fourteenth K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning session from the 2019 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association that I am blogging about is:

Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Usage of Virtual Learning Environments: A Latent Class Approach With Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting

  • In Event: 75.043 – MTCC Poster Session 17
    In Poster Session: 75.043-1 – Advanced Studies of National Databases Poster Session

Tue, April 9, 8:00 to 9:30am, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 300 Level, Hall C


Within the last decade, there has been a fast proliferation of virtual learning environments (VLE), such as virtual schools, e-learning management systems, intelligent tutoring systems, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). The objective of this study is to demonstrate a method to identify latent classes of VLE users at the student and teacher levels, and estimate the effects of VLE usage on educational achievement using inverse probability of treatment weighting (IPTW) to remove selection bias combined with multilevel structural equation modeling. The objective is accomplished through analyses of 2016/2017 usage data from the Algebra Nation tutoring program, which is state-funded and widely used in Florida, and student Algebra I End-of-Course Assessment (EOC) scores obtained from the Florida Department of Education.


  • Walter L. Leite, University of Florida
  • Dee Duygu Cetin-Berber, University of Florida
  • Corinne Huggins-Manley, University of Florida
  • Carole R. Beal, University of Florida

I am presenting during this time slot.  So I am hoping that someone who is in the room might be able to post their notes in the comments area below.

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