Virtual School Meanderings

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.

December 30, 2014

Posting Notice For Invitation To Participate In A PhD Dissertation Study

Posting on behalf of a colleague…

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 pr`ocess 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 13, 2014

[CNIE-L] Seeking Study Participants

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Seeking Study Participants

Title of Study: Competencies and skills for designers-by-assignment creating online interventions.

Sample needed:
1.  Instructional design experts
2.  Administrators
3.  Designers-by-assignment (also known as faculty designers)
4.  Professionals who work with designers-by-assignments

Contributions to this survey are important and greatly appreciated.  All participant information will be confidential, data protected, and anonymity maintained.  Personal data will not be associated with this research or included with any research documents.

If you are interested in this study, please click on the link: http://goo.gl/yNPiUJ and fill out the survey to determine eligibility.

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at nwillsespinosa1@capellauniversity.edu

Thank you,
Nicola Wills-Espinosa

February 23, 2014

Request For Participants – Survey

From the iNACOL Research in Review blog.

Request For Participants – Survey

A Grounded Theory Study of Best Practices for K12 Virtual Teacher Professional Development is in progress.  In this research context, virtual education consists of both online and blended instruction and using virtual tools including social media technology.

The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study is to explore practices utilized for K12 virtual teacher professional development that may lead to the creation of a best practices model for K12 virtual schooling.

Request assistance of U.S. K12 administrators, teachers, and curriculum developers involved in online education complete the survey.  The 30-40 minute survey consists of the informed consent form, five demographic questions and nine open-ended questions to obtain your perspective on K12 virtual teacher professional development experiences.  Participant privacy will remain safeguarded as I am the only individual with access to the raw survey data.  If you are interested in completing the survey, please click the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VIRTUALED

Thank you for taking time to assist me and if you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Respectfully,
Janet Peterson
Doctoral Candidate
Northcentral University
Janetpeterson2@cox.net

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