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April 27, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (04-24-2017)

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Limited Means, Limited Options College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans This paper offers five recommendations to address issues of affordability that negatively affect college access and completion: Federal policymakers should protect and strengthen the Pell Grant. States should strengthen direct investment in public colleges and need-based aid programs. Colleges should manage institutional costs to concentrate […]

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A Conceptual Framework for Building UDL in a Special Education Distance Education CourseOnline graduate programs have been increasing in number and attendance over the past decade. Ensuring that the quality of teacher preparation programs is maintained in an online learning environment is essential. After reviewing the pedagogies of both special education and online learning, it was determined that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) was the best framework […]

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A Design Case of Scaffolding Hybrid/Online Student-Centered Learning with MultimediaImplementing student-centered learning in hybrid/online settings is very challenging due to the physical separation of instructor and students. This article discusses the need for instructors to provide scaffolds and multimedia modules to facilitate knowledge construction in the student-centered learning process. To offer students solid learning supports, four types of scaffolds and multimedia modules were used […]

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A Team of Instructors’ Use of Social Presence, Teaching Presence, and Attitudinal Dissonance Strategies: An Animal Behaviour and Welfare MOOCThis case study examined a team of instructors’ use of social presence, teaching presence, and attitudinal dissonance in a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Animal Behaviour and Welfare (ABW), designed to facilitate attitudinal learning. The study reviewed a team of six instructors’ use of social presence and teaching presence by applying the Community of […]

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Examining MOOCs: A Comparative Study among Educational Technology Experts in Traditional and Open UniversitiesThe proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in recent years has generated much debate. MOOCs have been presented as technology-based educational practices, but many researchers question if this kind of open courses really respects some of the consolidated principles behind the education offered at universities. In light of this situation, consulting the teachers most […]

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Learning in Bursts: Microlearning with Social MediaMicrolearning refers to any pedagogy that encourages learning in short segments, and it can be supported through many platforms, including social media. The research goal was to investigate the tools and best pedagogical practices for effectively creating and delivering microlearning, with results reported in this article. These short bursts of learning seem to come naturally […]

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Back to the Future of Edtech: A MeditationUnderstanding the past is important, and thinking about the future is fundamentally human, but more fascinating still is the combination, the history of the future: the road pointing back to where you were, the road pointing ahead to where you’re going, and the moment at the crossroads contemplating both. Here EDUCAUSE President and CEO John […]

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GoAnimateGoAnimate enables people to produce a wide range of custom videos from scratch in the cloud using drag-and-drop tools. Businesses and educators recognize the power of video but find it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to produce high-quality content. GoAnimate is the quickest, simplest, and most cost-effective solution for producing and sharing a […]

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California State University East Bay Partners With Cognii to Offer Artificial Intelligence Powered Online LearningCognii’s Virtual Learning Assistant technology will provide intelligent tutoring and assessments to students in a chatbot-style conversation Cognii

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SRI Education’s researchers are presenting in more than 20 sessions at this year’s AERA.

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AERA 2017 – Cross-Classified Multilevel Modeling for Program Evaluation of State Virtual School

So the second session I’m blogging at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) is:

Cross-Classified Multilevel Modeling for Program Evaluation of State Virtual School

  • In Event: Poster Session 3
    In Poster Session: 18.073-10 – Applied Research in School: Education Policy and School Context

Thu, April 27, 4:05 to 5:35pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Hemisfair Ballroom 2


The author examined institutional performance of a state virtual school using data from the learning management and customer management systems. To address the unique structure of virtual school data, the cross-classified multilevel modeling was used. Key findings include: (a) students who took courses for the credit recovery or learning preference are more likely to underperform in comparison to those with such reasons as schedule conflicts or unavailable courses at their schools; (b) female students are more likely to succeed; and (c) novice teachers with supports via the institute’s induction program performed as well as other experienced teachers can. The author is calling for more research on K-12 online learner’s attributes and the factors that account for the student success.


  • Jungah Bae

Now I have no notes on this session, as I am still in California.  However, if you are in this session, please post your notes in the comments below.

AERA to Live-stream 31 Annual Meeting Sessions

I think the first of these live streaming sessions may be on right now.

AERA is live-streaming 31 sessions at its 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, April 27-May 1. The free livestreamed sessions will feature prominent scholars and policy experts speaking on key issues, including educating immigrant students, the role of education in politically tumultuous times, and the ethics of data collection in education research, among many others. Livestream registration is open. Follow the live conversation on Twitter using the session hashtags.

Live-streamed Sessions, Listed Chronologically:
All times are Central Time

  • Increasing the Opportunity for Academic and Life Success: Trauma-Informed Schooling and Consequences
    Thursday, April 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Solving Teacher Inequities by Putting Knowledge into Action
    Thursday, April 27, 4:05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Learning and Schooling of African American Students: Three Critical Paradigms Shaping the Field
    Thursday, April 27, 4:05 p.m. – 6:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Opening Plenary: The Challenges of Higher Education in a Diverse and Divergent World
    Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERAOpening
    Full session details.
  • The Long-Term Outcomes of Early Child Care and Education and What to Make of Middle Year’s Fade-Out (AERA-Society for Research in Child Development Special Joint Symposium)
    Friday, April 28, 10:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • The Science of Measurement: Using Testing Standards to Increase Research Validity
    Friday, April 28, 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • AERA Distinguished Lecture: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education; Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Friday, April 28, 12:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERADistinguished 
    Full session details.
  • AERA Distinguished Contributions to Research  in Education Award (2016) Address: Micki Chi
    Translating ICAP on Student Engagement Into Practice
    Friday, April 28, 12:25 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERAContributions
    Full session details.
  • Using Big Data: The Ethics, Dilemmas, and Possibilities for Educational Opportunity
    Friday, April 28, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • The Meaning of a Just Society in a Period of Massive Change
    Friday, April 28, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Advocating for Federal Research Support—Navigating New Waters in Challenging Times
    Friday, April 28, 4:05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Innovative Strategies for the Diffusion and Utilization of Education Research
    Friday, April 28, 4:05 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Education, Democracy, and Citizen Justice
    Saturday, April 29, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Strategic Pathways for Improving Access to Higher Education
    Saturday, April 29, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • From Disparities to Social Determinants: Toward a Culture of Education and Health Equity
    Saturday, April 29, 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Awards Luncheon
    Saturday, April 29, 12:25 to 2:25 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERAAwards
    Full session details.
  • Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda and Science Literacy: Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences—Two Recent Academies Reports
    Saturday, April 29, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Rubén G. Rumbaut, Distinguished Professor of Sociology; University of California, Irvine
    Saturday, April 29, 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERAWallace
    Full session details.
  • AERA Presidential Address: Vivian L. Gadsden, AERA President; Penn Graduate School of Education
    The Promise of Education Research and the Public Trust
    Saturday, April 29, 4:35 to 5:50 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERAPres
    Full session details.
  • Conversations Around the Collection and Use of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data
    AERA Sessions Cosponsored with Queer Studies SIG, Committee on Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity in Education 
    Sunday, April 30, 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Toward Democratic Possibilities: Another Kind of Public Education Revisited
    Sunday, April 30, 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Research, Statistics, and Data: The Vital Role of the Institute of Education Sciences in Retrospect and Prospect
    Sunday, April 30, 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Education Unbordered: Immigrant, Refugee, Detained, and Undocumented Children and Families
    Sunday, April 30, 12:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Former Presidents Respond to Annual Meeting Theme
    Sunday, April 30, 12:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Racial Conciliation, Interest Convergence, and the Role of Education and Schooling
    Sunday, April 30, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Technology, Digital Media, and Implications for Learning Sciences
    Sunday, April 30, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • A Town Hall Meeting on the Role of AERA as a Research Organization in Socially Challenging Times
    Sunday, April 30, 4:05 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Social Justice in Education Award Lecture: Estela M. Bensimon
    Making Higher Education Just
    Sunday, April 30, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. CT
    Session Hashtag: #AERASJ
    Full session details.
  • Equal Educational Opportunity, Neighborhoods, and Geospatial Dimensions of School and Schooling
    Monday, May 1, 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Democratic Education, Race, and the Classroom: Content and Pedagogy in a Diverse Society
    Monday, May 1, 12:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
  • Mexican American Educational Experiences and the Historical Struggle for Equal Educational Opportunity: A Critical Conversation
    Monday, May 1, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT
    Full session details.
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