Virtual School Meanderings

September 27, 2022

September 26, 2022-AECT News & Notes

Some updates from the Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

September 20, 2022

September 19, 2022-AECT News & Notes

Some updates from the Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

September 19, 2022

AECT 2022 and K-12 Online & Blended Learning

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology‘s (AECT) international convention is coming up soon and the program is available online.  As I’m attending the convention, I’ve been searching the program to find sessions that would be of interest to me (which are essentially all of the K-12 distance, remote, online, and/or blended learning that I could find).


Pandemic Pedagogy in Canada: Lessons from the First 18 Months

  • In Event: DDL- Pandemic Pedagogy in Canada: Lessons from the First 18 Months

Mon, Oct 24, 2:40 to 2:55pm PDT (2:40 to 2:55pm PDT), Conf Center, Celebrity 2

Short Description

Following the shutdowns and emergency remote teaching in Spring 2020, the 2020-21 school year launched across Canada focused on in person learning (with limited attention to remote learning). As the year progressed, it was evident lessons that should have been learned in Spring 2020 had not been heeded. Most jurisdictions did not prepare for the 2020-21 school year to proceed in the expected ‘toggle term’ fashion – challenges that have persisted into the 2021-22 school year.

Authors

  • Presenter: Michael Barbour, Touro University, California
  • Contributor: Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network

Modeling and Peer Review Impact Preservice Teachers’ Learning on K-12 Online and Blended Learning: Comparing the Learning Outcomes between Virtual and Face-to-Face Edtech Courses

  • In Event: TED- Modeling and Peer Review Impact Preservice Teachers’ Learning on K-12 Online and Blended Learning: Comparing the Learning Outcomes between Virtual and Face-to-Face Edtech Courses

Tue, Oct 25, 1:30 to 1:45pm PDT (1:30 to 1:45pm PDT), Virtual, Online 2A

Short Description

This concurrent session will introduce the design and implementation of K-12 online and blended learning into the edtech course for middle grades preservice teachers. The presenter will discuss best practices and share findings on the comparisons of the learning outcomes from the virtual and face-to-face formats. The presentation content will benefit teacher educators and researchers in considering adding this topic into their courses with evidence-based instructional practices and starting conversations on conducting further research.

Author

  • Presenter: Yi Jin, Kennesaw State University

DDL- Preparing for the “New Normal”: Two Years into Emergency Remote Teaching

  • In Event: Roundtables B
    In Roundtable Session: DDL- Roundtables B

Wed, Oct 26, 11:30am to 12:25pm PDT (11:30am to 12:25pm PDT), Conf Center, Celebrity 4

Short Description

Beginning in 2020, teachers were forced to switch from traditional classroom instruction to emergency remote teaching. After two years of schools facing the urgent switch to remote learning, many schools have developed strategies to cope with virtual schooling. During Spring 2022, 21 K-12 teachers completed a field experience in online teaching as part of a state endorsement. These teachers completed a survey describing individual- and school-level preparations for any future transitions to online teaching.

Authors

  • Presenter: Elizabeth Downs, Georgia Southern University
  • Presenter: Cordelia D Zinskie, Georgia Southern University
  • Presenter: Lucas John Jensen, Georgia Southern University

DDL- Using Predictive Analytics to Support Student Success in K-12 Online Courses: A Proposed Intervention Study

  • In Event: Roundtables B
    In Roundtable Session: DDL- Roundtables B

Wed, Oct 26, 11:30am to 12:25pm PDT (11:30am to 12:25pm PDT), Conf Center, Celebrity 4

Short Description

Researchers have conducted seven educational data mining studies at a single K-12 online program since 2017. With each progressive study, the predictive power and accuracy of the data mining model has improved. The design of a proposed intervention study will be presented for discussion. Additional questions revolve around what type of information shared with teachers will be most effective in improving student outcomes and how best to align intervention types with student needs.

Authors

  • Contributor: Kerry Rice, Boise State University
  • Contributor: Jui-Long Hung, Boise State University

Understanding the performance of the cyber charter COVID cohort

  • In Event: TIL- Understanding the performance of the cyber charter COVID cohort

Thu, Oct 27, 9:10 to 9:25am PDT (9:10 to 9:25am PDT), Conf Center, Melrose 2

Short Description

Previous research concluded that the cyber charter school COVID cohort resembled prior groups demographically but reported greater success at their prior in-person schools and in cyber schools. As a corollary to those findings, we use data from a large cyber charter network (“National Cyber”) to assess whether students who enrolled in cyber charters due to COVID-related concerns performed better on entry STAR/NWEA assessments, and whether those assessments indicate stronger growth once enrolled.

Authors

  • Contributor: Ian E Kingsbury, University of Arkansas
  • Presenter: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Robert Maranto, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Tom Clark, Clark Consulting

An Open Resource to Guide K-12 Blended Learning, K-12 Blended Teaching (vol. 2): A Guide to Practice Within the Disciplines

  • In Event: TED- An Open Resource to Guide K-12 Blended Learning, K-12 Blended Teaching (vol. 2): A Guide to Practice Within the Disciplines

Thu, Oct 27, 1:30 to 2:25pm PDT (1:30 to 2:25pm PDT), Conf Center, Sunset 4

Short Description

This impact practice session will share examples of K-12 blended teaching practices in various elementary education contexts and secondary science, math, social studies, and English language arts, as collected in K-12 Blended Teaching (Vol. 2): A Guide to Practice Within the Disciplines. Presenters include both editors and authors of the book. They will provide an overview of the book, its findings, and its production.

Authors

  • Presenter: Cecil R Short, Emporia State University
  • Contributor: Charles R. Graham, Brigham Young University
  • Presenter: Jered Borup
  • Contributor: Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Michelle Jensen, Brigham Young University

Examining the Role of the Online Facilitator in Supporting Learner Engagement in a Full-Time Cyber School

  • In Event: LED- Examining the Role of the Online Facilitator in Supporting Learner Engagement in a Full-Time Cyber School

Fri, Oct 28, 8:20 to 8:35am PDT (8:20 to 8:35am PDT), Conf Center, Sunset 6

Short Description

Research on facilitators in K-12 schools has focused on supplemental programs where on-site personnel support learner engagement. The purpose of this study was to determine whether and how facilitators in a full-time cyber school could help to address students’ cognitive, behavioral, and affective engagement needs. We conducted mixed methods surveys with 30 parents, 25 students, and 23 teachers. Findings confirmed the need for a facilitator role to support online student engagement.

Authors

  • Presenter: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Presenter: Jered Borup
  • Contributor: Camie Wood, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Shaikha Rashid A A Al-Naimi, University of Arkansas

Communities of Support: Development of a Comprehensive Framework of Student Engagement in K-12 Virtual Learning

  • In Event: DDL- Communities of Support: Development of a Comprehensive Framework of Student Engagement in K-12 Virtual Learning

Fri, Oct 28, 9:10 to 9:25am PDT (9:10 to 9:25am PDT), Conf Center, Sunset 1

Short Description

The members of a virtual learning community are often critical to students’ overall academic success. While there is evidence of the importance of these relationships on academic achievement, less synthesized are how these members act together to impact student engagement, a critical function of online learning success. In this presentation, we describe our comprehensive framework and how students’ support system, both in school and at home, help impact their student engagement.

Authors

  • Presenter: Nathan Hawk, Texas A&M University
  • Contributor: Jingwen He, The Ohio State University
  • Presenter: Kui Xie, The Ohio State University

September 16, 2022

TechTrends – ToC Alert

A couple of relevant items in this issue, in particular “Fostering School-Home Partnerships: Transforming Learning as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic” and “The Impact of COVID-19 on Education: A Meta-Narrative Review.”

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September 7, 2022

September 6, 2022-AECT News & Notes

Some updates from the Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

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