Virtual School Meanderings

October 15, 2019

Article Notice – A Look Inside Online Educational Settings In High School: Promise And Pitfalls For Improving Educational Opportunities And Outcomes

This scrolled across my electronic desk from something in the past day or two…

A Look Inside Online Educational Settings in High School: Promise and Pitfalls for Improving Educational Opportunities and Outcomes

First Published March 27, 2019 Research Article

https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831219838776

Article has an altmetric score of 28

Article Information

Article first published online: March 27, 2019
Received: January 06, 2018; Revisions received: February 09, 2019; Accepted: February 26, 2019

Carolyn J. Heinrich
Jennifer Darling-Aduana
Vanderbilt University

Annalee Good
Huiping (Emily) Cheng
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract

This research examines online course-taking in high schools, which is increasingly used by students falling behind in progress toward graduation. The study looks inside educational settings to observe how online courses are used and assess whether students gain academically through their use. Drawing on 7 million records of online instructional sessions linked to student records, we find mostly negative associations between online course-taking and math and reading scores, with some gains in credits earned and grade point averages by upperclassmen. Those least prepared academically and with weaker course-taking behaviors fared more poorly and were likely set back by online course-taking. Limited resources constrained the implementation of district-recommended practices and instructional supports, such as live teacher interactions and individualized content assistance.

Keywords: online instruction, credit recovery, student engagement, academic achievement

As this is in the “OnlineFirst” section, it has yet to be assigned to a specific issue. However, it is the second oldest article in that section, so it will likely appear in Volume 56, Issue 6 – which is the next issue.

September 20, 2019

Article Notice: A Systematic Approach To Improving E-Learning Implementations In High Schools

This isn’t a new article, but I only came across it late this past week (so I guess it was new to me).

TOJET: The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – July 2014, volume 13 issue 3

A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO IMPROVING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATIONS IN HIGH SCHOOLS

Bens Pardamean and Teddy Suparyanto Graduate Program of Information Technology, Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia bpardamean@binus.edu

ABSTRACT This study was based on the current growing trend of implementing e-learning in high schools. Most endeavors have been inefficient, rendering an objective of determining the initial steps that could be taken to improve these efforts by assessing a student population’s computer skill levels and performances in an IT course. Demographic factors were also taken into account while formulating these recommendations. Basic computer skill levels were measured through the administration of the Technical Survival Skill Test (TSST) questionnaire, developed by the University of Toronto. Academic performances were evaluated through several assignments designed by the IT course instructors. The main result of this study indicated that computer skill levels did have a direct correlation with a student’s academic performance level. The database was further parsed based on demographical factors, resulting in a set of recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of e-learning.

Keywords: learning management system, LMS, technical survival skill test, TSST

September 3, 2019

These New Articles For Distance Education Are Available Online

Not K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning focused, but of interest to the community I think.

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New for Distance Education and online now on Taylor & Francis Online:

MiscellanyEducational complex systems and open, flexible, and distance learning: a complexity theoretical perspective
Michael J. Jacobson
Pages: 1-6 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2019.1656152

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August 31, 2019

These New Articles For Distance Education Are Available Online

Not K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning focused – but a topic that is quite relevant in the field today.

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New for Distance Education and online now on Taylor & Francis Online:

MiscellanyLearning analytics and open, flexible, and distance learning
George Siemens
Pages: 1-5 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2019.1656153

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August 9, 2019

LearnTechLib Table of Contents Alert: JTATE 27:2

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this issue.

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LearnTechLib Table of Contents Alert: JTATE 27:2

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The latest issue of Journal of Technology and Teacher Education is now available on LearnTechLib, the Learning & Technology Library.

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education

Vol. 27 , No. 2 (April 2019)

Table of Contents

  1. Developing the Teacher Preparation Technology Inventory (TPTI) to Evaluate Teacher Educator Preparation

    Caitlin Riegel , Niagara University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/184600/

  2. Participating in a MOOC and Professional Learning Team: How a Blended Approach to Professional Development Makes a Difference

    Kemal Akoglu , N/A, ; Hollylynne Lee , North Carolina State University, ; Shaun Kellogg , North Carolina State University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/195234/

  3. Computational Thinking, Mathematics, and Science: Elementary Teachers’ Perspectives on Integration

    Kathryn M. Rich , Michigan State University, ; Aman Yadav , Michigan State University, ; Christina V. Schwarz , Michigan State University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/207487/

  4. The Top 500 Mathematics Pins: An Analysis of Elementary Mathematics Activities on Pinterest

    Amanda Sawyer , James Madison University, ; Lara Dick , Bucknell University, ; Emily Shapiro , Bucknell University, ; Tabitha Wismer , Bucknell University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/208241/

  5. Table of contents for this issue: https://www.learntechlib.org/j/JTATE/v/27/n/2/

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