Virtual School Meanderings

July 16, 2015

Posting Notice For Invitation To Participate In A PhD Dissertation Study

Passing on this notice for a doctoral student…  I believe that she is particularly interested in those that may have designed online courses in math and/or world languages.

Posting notice for invitation to participate in a PhD dissertation study

by Rozella G. Clyde, a PhD candidate at Capella University, School of Education

in the field of Instructional Design for Online Learning

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

A Capella University PhD candidate is seeking research participants for a telephone based study concerning the use of Instructional Strategies in the development of virtual courses designed for a high school audience.

The study is entitled, “Understanding Ways Instructional Designers of High School Level Virtual Courses Bridge Transactional Distances Between Learners and Course Content”.

Instructional designers who are currently involved in the development of virtual high school level courses in the United States and Canada and who have already designed at least two previous courses currently in use by high school level students are invited to contact Rozella G. Clyde, the researcher, at rozella.clydedissertation@gmail.com or at 917-355-4451. If you meet the preliminary requirements, you will be invited to complete a brief questionnaire describing your work context and the type of course you are currently working on. It is hoped that at least 14 Instructional Designers working in a variety of contexts and a range of content matter can be identified. The interview process will require less than an hour of the participant’s time. Each participant will receive a transcript of the interview to edit and approve. The research will be offered as guidance on current practices and approaches for others developing new virtual high school courses.

As a token of appreciation, upon receipt of the approved transcript, a $ 25.00 Amazon gift card will be sent to you.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

April 22, 2015

Follow up Request for Participants

Posting on behalf of a doctoral student…

Posting notice for invitation to participate in a PhD dissertation study

by Rozella G. Clyde, a PhD candidate at Capella University, School of Education

in the field of Instructional Design for Online Learning

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

 

A Capella University PhD candidate is seeking research participants for a telephone based study concerning the use of Instructional Strategies in the development of virtual courses designed for a high school audience.

The study is entitled, “Understanding Ways Instructional Designers of High School Level Virtual Courses Bridge Transactional Distances Between Learners and Course Content”.

Instructional designers who are currently involved in the development of virtual high school level courses in the United States and Canada and who have already designed at least two previous courses currently in use by high school level students are invited to contact Rozella G. Clyde, the researcher, at rozella.clydedissertation@gmail.com or at 917-355-4451. If you meet the preliminary requirements, you will be invited to complete a brief questionnaire describing your work context and the type of course you are currently working on. It is hoped that at least 14 Instructional Designers working in a variety of contexts and a range of content matter can be identified. The interview process will require less than an hour of the participant’s time. Each participant will receive a transcript of the interview to edit and approve. The research will be offered as guidance on current practices and approaches for others developing new virtual high school courses.

As a token of appreciation, upon receipt of the approved transcript, a $ 25.00 Amazon gift card will be sent to you.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

March 24, 2015

K-12 Teachers Needed For Survey About OER

Posting this on behalf of a colleague…

This request is from a doctoral student who needs teachers who are using OER to fill out a short survey. See her request below:

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I am writing to request your participation in a short survey about how K-12 educators use Open Educational Resources in their work. The information gathered will be used to understand how teachers typically apply OER in educational settings. Findings will inform the creation of appropriate instruction for professional development and teacher education geared toward the adoption of OER in planning, classroom use, and personal educational needs of current and future teachers.

The survey should take 10 to 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed here. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no personally identifiable information will be collected to ensure confidentiality.

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Hope Kelly at hkelly@ufl.edu or 352-294-1998. For information regarding your rights as a research participant contact University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board at irb2@ufl.edu or 352-392-0433.

Your time and insight would be greatly appreciated!

March 11, 2015

Dissertation Study Request: The Experience of Online Secondary Science Education from the Perspectives of Teachers and Students

I was asked to pass this dissertation research request on to folks who might be interested in participating.

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The Experience of Online Secondary Science Education from the Perspectives of Teachers and Students

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kendall Hartley

Student Investigator: Cynthia Clark, Doctoral Candidate

 

Dear Virtual School Administrator,

 

Your school is being asked to participate in the study “The Experience of Online Secondary Science Education from the Perspectives of Teachers and Students” because your school offers online secondary science courses. Virtual schools across the country are being recruited for this study in order to gain a holistic understanding from the viewpoints of the teachers and students who teach and learn in this environment. This study will use phenomenographic interviews, the analysis of which will provide a structural awareness of what is different about these experiences and what is the same about these experiences. This will allow meaning to be developed as to what it is to teach and learn in an online secondary science course.

 

If your students and teachers participate in this study, they will be asked to complete online demographic surveys. The purpose of these survey is to ensure a variety of experience among participants and should take no more than 15 minutes of their time. There will also be two Skype interviews. The first will be a quick, 15 minute, ‘get to know you’ type chat. The second Skype interview will be a more in-depth interview where their experiences of online secondary science teaching and learning are discussed. Experience in this sense is more investigatory as to what teaching and learning online secondary science means, not a list of specific experiences that may have occurred. This interview will take between 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, after the interviews have been transcribed, member checks will be conducted to ensure the transcriptions represent what the participants intended to say.

 

For this research it is important to have student/teacher pairs in order to develop the overall view of the course. The researchers will choose students to be selected based on their responses to the demographic surveys. We are looking for experience differences, not demographic differences. Types of online science courses taken, number of online courses taken, and grade level will be the determining factors for student selection. Of course, students’ parents would be contacted first to obtain their permission.

 

All of the data obtained from these interviews will be kept confidential and no names will be used in any of the articles developed from the data. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Cynthia Clark, at clarkc@unlv.nevada.edu or by phone at 702-518-9081. Thank you for your consideration.

January 26, 2015

Posting Notice For Invitation To Participate In A PhD Dissertation Study

Re-posting this notice…

Posting notice for invitation to participate in a PhD dissertation study

by Rozella G. Clyde, a PhD candidate at Capella University, School of Education

in the field of Instructional Design for Online Learning

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

A Capella University PhD candidate is seeking research participants for a telephone based study concerning the use of Instructional Strategies in the development of virtual courses designed for a high school audience.

The study is entitled, “Understanding Ways Instructional Designers of High School Level Virtual Courses Bridge Transactional Distances Between Learners and Course Content”.

Instructional designers who are currently involved in the development of virtual high school level courses in the United States and Canada and who have already designed at least two previous courses currently in use by high school level students are invited to contact Rozella G. Clyde, the researcher, at rozella.clydedissertation@gmail.com or at 917-355-4451. If you meet the preliminary requirements, you will be invited to complete a brief questionnaire describing your work context and the type of course you are currently working on. It is hoped that at least 14 Instructional Designers working in a variety of contexts and a range of content matter can be identified. The interview process will require less than an hour of the participant’s time. Each participant will receive a transcript of the interview to edit and approve. The research will be offered as guidance on current practices and approaches for others developing new virtual high school courses.

As a token of appreciation, upon receipt of the approved transcript, a $ 25.00 Amazon gift card will be sent to you.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

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