Virtual School Meanderings

October 4, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual schools.

1. TI- Case Studies of a Virtual School.
AU- Hinn, D. Michelle
AU- Leander, Kevin
AU- Bruce, Bertram C.
SO- Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v45 n2 p156-63 Oct 2001
VI- 45
IP- 2
DT- 20010101
YR- 2001
SP- 156
EP- 163
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Case Studies; Computer Uses in Education; Higher Education; Junior High
Schools; Student Evaluation; Technological Advancement
AB- Explores a virtual junior high school, which was created for an online
course to help mater’s program students learn more about teaching adolescents
using new technologies. Considers how to evaluate the use of new media and
how people learn. Concludes that information technologies bring in a set of
special issues for evaluation including collaborative tools, interface
features, and hypertext structures. (SG)
LA- English
IS- 1081-3004
AN- EJ632355
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2002

2. TI- Online Self-Paced High-School Class Size and Student Achievement
AU- Lin, Chin-Hsi
AU- Kwon, Jemma Bae
AU- Zhang, Yining
SO- Educational Technology Research and Development, v67 n2 p317-336 Apr
VI- 67
IP- 2
DT- 20190401
YR- 2019
SP- 317
EP- 336
PG- 20
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Class Size; Online Courses; Educational Technology; Virtual Classrooms;
Academic Achievement; Correlation; Intellectual Disciplines; Technology Uses
in Education; High School Students
SU- High Schools; Secondary Education
AB- In the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom, small classes are
generally perceived as desirable, but the benefits associated with particular
class sizes in online education have not yet received much scholarly
attention. Using a dataset of 10,648 enrollment records generated during the
2013-2014 school year at a state virtual school in the Midwestern U.S., this
study examined the relationship between class size and student learning
outcomes. The results of hierarchical linear modeling with fractional
polynomial analysis suggest a reverse-U-shaped relationship, in which
increasing online class sizes had a positive impact on achievement until the
number of students reached 45, but a negative one if numbers increased beyond
that level. At the subject level, similar reverse-U-shaped patterns were
observed in math, social science, and other subjects, but not in English,
foreign languages, or science.
LA- English
IS- 1042-1629
AN- EJ1208091
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2019

3. TI- Mapping the Terrain: Educational Leadership Field Experiences in K-12
Virtual Schools
AU- LaFrance, Jason A.
AU- Beck, Dennis
SO- Educational Administration Quarterly, v50 n1 p160-189 Feb 2014
VI- 50
IP- 1
DT- 20140201
YR- 2014
SP- 160
EP- 189
PG- 30
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Electronic Learning; Blended Learning; Administrator Education; Virtual
Classrooms; Certification; Field Experience Programs; Internship Programs;
Educational Change; Standards; Surveys; College Curriculum; Student
Evaluation; Teacher Student Relationship; Interpersonal Communication
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- Opportunities for K-12 students to choose virtual and blended learning
experiences continue to grow. All 50 states including Washington, D.C., now
offer some virtual experience in K-12 education. Of these, 40 states have
state virtual schools or state-led online learning initiatives. In addition,
federal and state support for this type of learning continues to expand.
Field experiences are beginning to be available for virtual school teachers;
however, little information is available on field experiences for pre-service
administrators in virtual K-12 settings. This study provides a status report
on the state of school administrator preparation for K-12 online and blended
learning programs in the United States. This research was conducted by
surveying initial certification Educational Leadership programs regarding the
extent that pre-service administrators are exposed to K-12 online learning
environments. Results indicate that very few Educational Leadership programs
provide any administrator preparation for leading a K-12 virtual school or
teachers of online courses. Important ramifications exist for Educational
Leadership programs preparing educators to lead fully online and blended
learning programs.
LA- English
IS- 0013-161X
AN- EJ1019087
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2014

6. TI- How Online Education Startup Outschool Raised $45 Million During The
AU- Adams, Susan
PD- 9/18/2020, pN.PAG-N.PAG
PG- 1p
IL- 2 Color Photographs
DT- 20200918
PT- Article
AB- Demand has surged for Outschool’s live online classes for K-12 students.
AB- Copyright of is the property of Forbes Inc. and its content
may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv
without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may
print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be
abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should
refer to the original published version of the material for the full
abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
DE- New business enterprises
SU- Online education
FT- 890
AN- 145973582

7. TI- Virtual Schooling: Legislative Update
AU- Revenaugh, Mickey
SO- Technology & Learning, v25 n9 p20 Apr 2005
VI- 25
IP- 9
DT- 20050401
YR- 2005
SP- 20
PG- 3
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Web Based Instruction; State Legislation; Computer Uses in Education;
Online Courses; Virtual Classrooms; Distance Education; State Government;
Public Schools; Charter Schools; Educational Policy
SU- United States
GE- United States
AB- This article presents an expert’s insider’s view of the current issues
and struggles around state adoptions of Web-based instruction. Back in 2001,
when “cyber-charters” began capturing headlines in the education press, a
betting person might have laid even odds on whether this virtual school thing
was a phenomenon that would last. In 2005, the odds have shifted
definitively, if recent activity at state legislatures and regional and
national policy shops are any indication. This article describes virtual
schooling in the United States.
LA- English
IS- 1053-6728
AN- EJ712715
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2005

8. TI- Applying Virtual Technology: A Joint Project between the University of
Queensland and Townsville State High School.
AU- Jackson, Lance
SO- Australian Science Teachers’ Journal, v46 n2 p19-22 Jun 2000
VI- 46
IP- 2
DT- 20000101
YR- 2000
SP- 19
EP- 22
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- College School Cooperation; Computer Uses in Education; Engineering
Education; Foreign Countries; Higher Education; Internet; Learning
Activities; Science Activities; Secondary Education
AB- Describes a collaborative project between the Virtual School of
Engineering at The University of Queensland and two junior and senior science
classes at Townsville State High School. The project involved science
students working with real world engineering problems using on-line
resources. Problems were created by the senior science teacher and
incorporated into VSE, a web-based learning program. (Author/LM)
LA- English
IS- 0045-0855
AN- EJ649506
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2002

Next, I received an alert for cyber schools, but there were no relevant items.

Finally, I also received an alert for K-12 online learning (for a change), but again there were no relevant items.

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