Virtual School Meanderings

May 28, 2020

‘No. 10 – How Do We Plan For Education After The Pandemic?’ 2 June 17.00 CEST #onlinetogether

Another up-coming webinar that may be of interest to folks.

The current pandemic has accelerated demand for the transition from traditional education to its online equivalent. EDEN is currently running a new series of EDEN webinars: Education in time of a pandemic.
#onlinetogether #covid19
Meet Mark Brown, Sandra Kučina Softić, Antonio Teixeira, Neil Fassina and Mpine Makoe on Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 17:00 CEST on the topic: ‘No. 10 – How do we plan for education after the pandemic?’
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Mark Brown
EDEN Treasurer,
Professor and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University,
Chair of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning (Dublin)


Sandra Kučina Softić
EDEN President
University Computing Centre SRCE, CroatiaSandra Kučina Softić is the Assistant Director for Education and User Support at the Zagreb University Computing Centre (Croatia). She is also the Head of the E-learning Centre and the Head of the Office for E-learning at the University of Zagreb. Her work is focused on monitoring and fostering e-learning in Croatian higher education and providing support and advice to institutions, teachers and students in implementation of new technologies in learning and teaching. She was appointed Croatian representative in ET2020 Working group on Digital Skills and Technologies (2016-2018) and in ET2020 Working group on Digital Education: learning, teaching and Assessment (2018-2020). In 2018 she was appointed member of European Education and Training Expert Panel.

Her field of interest is strategic decision making related to e-learning and distance education, quality assurance, educational technologies and open education and open educational resources. She has been involved in a number of projects (national and international) related to these fields and she also actively presents at international conferences. She is also author of training courses for teachers and speaker on these topics.

She has a master’s degree in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and PhD in Information and Communication Technologies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb.

She has been a member of EDEN Executive Committee since 2013 and in 2014 she received the EDEN Fellow Title. In 2019 she became President of EDEN.


António Teixeira
Former EDEN President
Universidade Aberta, Portugal

António Teixeira is an Associate Professor of open, distance and network education at Universidade Aberta (UAb), where he heads the Department of Education and Distance Learning. He’s also a researcher at the University of Lisbon and collaborates with the Laboratory for Distance Education and eLearning (LE@D) and the University of Rome 3.

He was Pro-rector for innovation in Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta (2006-09) and President of EDEN – European Distance and E-learning Network (2013-16). As a Pro-rector at UAb, António Teixeira conceived and managed the successful and speedy strategic transformation process of the university from a print-based distance learning institution to a fully online one. Throughout the years, he has integrated several boards of directors and many expert committees and task forces in higher education institutions and organizations at national and international level. He’s currently an external expert for AQU Catalunya and ACPUA quality assurance agencies in Spain and the research and innovation national agency of Uruguay (ANII) among others.

António Teixeira has participated in over thirty international research projects and authored close to one hundred scientific articles and other publications. He is an EDEN Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of the Council of EDEN Fellows.

Neil Fassina
ICDE President, Athabasca University, Canada

Dr. Neil Fassina is the president of Athabasca University, Canada’s first and only fully digital university and a world leader in online education. Dr. Fassina was formerly the vice-president academic and provost at NAIT and dean of the JR Shaw School of Business. He holds a PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BSc in psychology from the University of Calgary. He is a chartered professional in human resources (CPHR) and a chartered director through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Mpine Makoe
Institute for Open Distance Learning, The University of South Africa (UNISA)Prof Mpine Makoe is the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Education Practices/ Resources at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is also a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated research professor in Open Distance eLearning (ODeL) and a director of African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). Mpine has published extensively in the area of educational technology focusing on mobile learning; staff development; quality and policy formulation in ODeL.  She has also done consultancy work for the Commonwealth of Learning facilitating the development of ODL policies in different universities in Africa.  She holds a PhD and MSc in Educational Technology from the Open University, UK. She also has an MA in Journalism from the University of Michigan and BA in Communication and English (cum laude) from Hope College in Michigan as well as a diploma in journalism from Africa Literature Centre in Zambia. Mpine is also the ICDE OER Ambassador and Advocacy committee member, the president of the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA), an executive member of National Association of Distance Education Organisation (NADEOSA) and a member of the University Futures Network. She has received numerous awards for her work in developing capacity in ODeL.


As a response to the global crisis and challenge of moving to fully online education overnight, EDEN has initiated a series of webinars “Education in time of a pandemic”. ICDE has launched a similar initiative through the campaign #learningtogether including a resource hub with news, tips and tricks and webinars. These practical webinars are intended to help educators to tackle the transition from traditional F2F education to its online or distant equivalent. In this webinar we have chosen a slightly different topic: how to anticipate the global future educational landscape after the pandemic. UNESCO reported in May 2020 that about 75% of pupils and students cannot attend F2F classes. Fully online education on a global scale is unprecedented in history, and it is unlikely that we will be able to go back to normal before pandemic. Today we are talking about the “new normal” and “future normal”. What it is going to look alike? It is a question that all educators need to face, and to some extent, it is up to us to find the best way to ensure the continuity of students’ enrolment and ensure inclusive access to quality higher education. In this panel, distinguished speakers will reflect on and share their insights into the present situation in education.

We will also try to provide answers to following questions:

  • How do you see this situation where all education has moved online? Can online and distance learning replace F2F learning? Some of the campus-based universities have already decided to start this autumn with online classes.
  • How can HEI’s and/or governments address issues of inclusivity, when both students and staff throughout the world don’t have access to reliable internet or electricity?
  • Critics have called online education to be “elitist,” how are we able to combat that stereotype and truly make remote education affordable and accessible for all?
  • What is the role of associations such as EDEN and ICDE in this process and how can they contribute to education, especially in these times?
  • What steps do institutions have to take to fully embrace the digital transformation and provide education accessible to students?
  • It is unlikely that we will be able to return to the situation we had before the pandemic, so how do you foresee the future of education?
  • Some teachers see online teaching as a temporary measure to be adopted until we return to the previous normal. Is this the case?
  • Are public campus universities endangered by distance-teaching ones, MOOCs and other online programmes?
  • What about universities that did not previously use any form of e-learning system? What kind of challenges do they face?
  • How can F2F HEI teachers be provided with proper training in the digital skills they need for online teaching and learning?
  • Students and teachers value human contact, how can this be guaranteed in virtual environments?
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Previous EDEN webinars

No 9 – Use of OER & OEP in the Online Pivot
Monday, 25 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 8 – Practical Tips for Learning and Instructional Design
Monday, 18 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 7 – How to manage the onslaught of information and fake news? The 2019-nCoV ‘infodemic’
Monday, 11 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 6 – Face-to-face at a distance: Building a learning community online
Monday, 4 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 5 – How to engage and support students online
Monday, 27 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | View the presentation | More info

No 4 – How to design and manage assessments for online learning
Monday, 20 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 3 – An EDEN response to your most pressing questions and issues
Tuesday, 14 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 2 – When education moves home: implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders
Monday, 6 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 1 – How to start teaching online
Monday, 30 March 2020, 17:00 CEST
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Please note that the EDEN 29th Annual Conference will be organized as a virtual event due to the recent developments of the pandemic.

You can find updated information in EDEN’s featured news and on EDEN social media channels

EDEN webinar series
Education in time of a pandemic
#onlinetogether #covid19

In these times of lockdown due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, face-to-face educational functions and activities are being moved online, using remote working sites and tools. Many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online, especially those who have always taught in a traditional classroom and are now being asked to rapidly regroup and prepare for a longer period of educational “social distancing”. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?

To address these questions and many others, EDEN has deciced to roll out a series of practical webinars on how to take face-to-face education online. These webinars are focusing on the day-to-day challenges our teachers and educators face and move on to consider other, broader institutional aspects.

These #onlinetogether #covid19 webinars are especially developed for these uncertain times, featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning. These weekly, one-hour webinar sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CET. Each webinar consists of a brief presentation addressing the webinar topic, that will be further complemented by a question-and-answer session, where you are greatly encouraged to participate, share your opinion and experiences, and ask your most pressing questions.

You can find the upcoming webinars on our website.

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Three Courses In AERA Virtual Research Learning Series Happening Next Week — Register Now

Like I say at some point most days these days (although a little less these past two weeks), I’m getting a backlog in items that I want to post, so I’ll start posting them more frequently for the rest of the day.

Note these up-coming professional learning opportunities for education researchers.

AERA 2020 Virtual Research Learning Series

All courses are from 1:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
FEE $35
Live or On Demand Access


   What Would it Take to Change Your Inference? Quantifying the Discourse about Causal Inferences
in the Social Sciences

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Kenneth Frank, Michigan State University


How to Get Published: Guidance from Emerging
and Established Scholars

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland,
College Park
 (course director)
Yuting Sun, University of Maryland, College Park
Anisha Singh, University of Maryland, College Park
Jannah Fusenig, University of Maryland, College Park
Eric Schoute, University of Maryland, College Park
DeLeon Gray, Michigan State University;
North Carolina State University

Matthew McCrudden, Pennsylvania State University
Panayiota Kendeou,University of Minnesota
Alexandra List, Pennsylvania State University
Diane Schallert, University of Texas, Austin
Sofie Loyens, University College Roosevelt
Jeffrey A. Greene, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Sharing Your Research with the World
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Jenny Grant Rankin,U.S. Department of State
(Fulbright Specialist Program) and Mensa


Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Terri D. Pigott, Georgia State University (course director)
Amy L. Dent, University of California – Irvine
Joshua R. Polanin, American Institutes for Research
Joseph Taylor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


The Future is Here: Analyzing NAEP
Process Data Using R

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Emmanuel Sikali, U.S. Department of Education
(course co-director)
Ruhan Circi, American Institutes for Research
(course co-director)
Fusun Sahin, American Institutes for Research
Xiaying Zheng, American Institutes for Research
Juanita Hicks, American Institutes for Research
Soo Youn Lee, American Institutes for Research
Tiago A. Caliço, American Institutes for Research


How to Write About Qualitative Research
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower,
University of North Dakota


Empowerment Evaluation
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
David M. Fetterman, Fetterman and Associates


Using Factor Analysis for Survey
Design and Validation

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Katherine Picho, Howard University (course director)
Marie Plaisime, Howard University


Co-Decolonizing Research Methods:
Toward Research Sustaining Indigenous
and ‘Other’ Community Engaged Ways
of Knowing

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Lorri Many Rivers Johnson Santamaría, Mixteco
Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) 
(course director)
Cristina Corrine Santamaria Graff, Indiana
University—Purdue University at Indianapolis
information here register here
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national
interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education
and learning. Founded in 1916, the Association strives to advance knowledge about
education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the
use of research to improve education and serve the public good.



Mary F. Rice – New Articles

An item from one of my open scholarship networks.

[PDF] Strategic Accommodation Framework for Students with Disabilities in Online Learning Environments

The onset of the COVID19 pandemic has shuttered many school buildings in the
United States and abroad. Nonetheless, school as a process continues remotely and
to a great extent through online tools. Even though students are not being tested or …

May 27, 2020

Report Makes A Small Contribution To Understanding Education Reform Studies

Another note on that think tank report review by the National Education Policy Center.

May 26, 2020

William J. Mathis: (802) 383-0058,
Bruce D. Baker: (303) 492-8370,

Report Makes a Small Contribution to Understanding Education Reform Studies

An NEPC Review funded by the Great Lakes Center

Key Takeaway: Readers must resist misinterpretations of the report’s table of results.

EAST LANSING, MI (May 26, 2020) – A recent report from EdChoice, working with Hanover Research, identifies and reviews studies that use Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to determine student achievement or educational attainment outcomes of nine broad “education reform” areas.

Bruce Baker of Rutgers University reviewed Comparing Ed Reforms: Assessing the Experimental Research on Nine K-12 Education Reforms. He concludes that the report accomplishes what it set out to do, but he points to several issues that minimize its usefulness in guiding policy, practice, or research.

The report simply presents counts of studies with positive, negative, and neutral findings from RCT studies. RCTs are presented in the report as “gold standard” studies for determining effects of specific treatments on measured outcomes, and the approach has clear strengths. But Professor Baker explains that the approach also has notable limitations. In fact, the actual randomization in education studies generally applies to only part of natural experiment; the randomization operates in a largely non-random context. Similarly, the studies are not fully controlled.

Each of the report’s specific education-reform-area counts also has notable limitations. RCT studies of charter schools tend to be limited to specific contexts, models, programs and services. Private school voucher policies are similarly varied and difficult to classify as a single “treatment.” Moreover, as the report notes, studies categorized under the reform “open enrollment” are actually magnet school programs. In fact, the report found no RCT studies that could be squeezed into three of the reform categories. All six of the reform areas that were in fact tallied-from smaller class sizes and schools to pre-k programs to school choice-score well, with positives outweighing negatives by large margins. But that truly tells us very little, Professor Baker explains, and the study authors are in fact cautious in explaining their modest goals-merely counting the quantity and superficial results of research done in those six specific areas.

The main concern with this report, therefore, is that the casual reader will take the table presenting the tallies out of context and use it to argue that charter schools and vouchers for private schools are most important or worthwhile because they have been studied most and thus have the highest counts of positive effects. If, however, the report is not misused in such a way, it offers a limited contribution for readers wanting to get an initial feel for the RCT research in these areas.

Find the review, by Bruce D. Baker, at:

Find Comparing Ed Reforms: Assessing the Experimental Research on Nine K-12 Education Reforms, written by Paul DiPerna, with reviews conducted by Hanover Research and published by EdChoice, at:

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The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), a university research center housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:

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Teaching Teachers to Teach Online (TTTOL)

This project page from one of my open scholarship networks came across my electronic desk again this past week.

Teaching Teachers to Teach Online (TTTOL)

Goal: The goal of this project is to develop an online course to teach teachers, trainers, lecturers and professors the necessary knowledge and skills to teach, and facilitate the learning of, students online – based on global best practice in this topic. The course is to be available for wider use from summer 2019.

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