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August 27, 2018

Changes to the AECT Conference Program Presentation Schedule

I received this late last week.

Hi Everyone,

This is a heads-up. I have been notified that the schedule of presentations in the AECT conference program has changed and that the first two weeks the conference program is available is when we receive some cancellations or we find out about presenter contingencies. As you can imagine, the conference administrators are trying to meet these.

As we had some presentation cancellations, the conference administrators needed to make some room changes that required moving some presentations. They tried to keep the presentation changes within the same day or close to other presentations of the authors.

Therefore, there may be additional small changes during this 2 week window. Please check the program schedule for updates, and then again perhaps in a few weeks.

Sincerely,

Victoria Lowell, Division of Distance Learning – President-Elect
2018 AECT Conference Planner
vllowell@purdue.edu

I checked and all of these are still good.


SMT-Differentiation practices of Virtual School Teachers

Wed, Oct 24, 3:35 to 4:00pm, Muehlebach, Hoover

Short Description

To understand how online teachers meet the needs of diverse learners, researchers conducted focus groups and interviews with teachers in four virtual schools. Participants were questioned on how differentiation is seen in their practice. Grounded theory and structural, analysis of the data should reveal the self-reported differentiation practices of online teachers. Further, it will begin to distinguish between the practices of expert online teachers and novice teachers. Future research and implications are discussed.

Authors

  • Contributor: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Jennifer Beasley, University of Arkansas

DDL-K-12 Online Learning Journal Articles: Trends from Two Decades of Scholarship

Wed, Oct 24, 4:15 to 4:40pm, Muehlebach, Truman A

Short Description

This research reviewed 356 articles in K-12 online learning from 1994–2016. We analyzed authorship, journals, citations, keywords, abstracts, and research methodologies. We found the field of K-12 online learning to be growing and maturing. In the last few years there has been a rapid acceleration not only of new articles, but especially of new authors. This infusion of new scholarship will undoubtedly lead to new ideas and trends over the next decade.

Authors

  • Contributor: Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Cecil R Short, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Rick West, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Michael Barbour, Touro University, California
  • Contributor: Joshua Hveem, Brigham Young University

RTD Roundtable-The Effect of Practicum Experiences on Preparing Teacher Candidates for Successful K-12 Online Teaching

  • In Event: RTD-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Roundtable Session: RTD-Roundtable Session

Thu, Oct 25, 2:15 to 3:20pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

The study is to examine the effect of practicum experiences on preparing teacher candidates for successful K-12 online teaching. Each candidate needs to design, develop and deliver an online or hybrid 3-week module to his or her students. A mixed-method design will be used to collect data including a survey, online interviews and a systematic examination of summative evaluation reports and weekly teaching logs. The results and implications will be discussed in the presentation.

Authors

  • Contributor: E-Ling Hsiao, Valdosta State University
  • Contributor: Xiaoxia Huang, Western Kentucky University

DDL-Does mileage traveled to testing sites impact online students test scores?

Thu, Oct 25, 2:55 to 3:20pm, Marriott, Julia Lee A

Short Description

Research shows that virtual school students don’t score as well as traditional students on state tests. Other research suggests that testing fatigue may harm achievement, and one source of fatigue may be the distance students travel to testing sites. Achievement data was collected from two virtual schools on whether driving distance is determinant of test scores, while controlling for demographic characteristics. Implications and future research are discussed.

Authors

  • Contributor: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Ian E Kingsbury, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Robert Maranto, University of Arkansas

SMT-Discovering Utilization Patterns in an Online K-12 Teacher Professional Development: Clustering and Data Visualization Methods

  • In Event: SMT-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Poster Session: SMT-Poster Session

Thu, Oct 25, 3:35 to 4:40pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

This proposal reports on a completed study on utilization patterns of the content and site features of a K-12 online professional development platform by data mining web metrics records. Data mining, feature selection, simple K-means clustering and visualization methods were used to make sense of the massive volume of web metrics. The cross-industry standard process for data mining (CRISP-DM) was utilized with the clustering approach to form patterns among new and returning visitors seeking PD.

Authors

  • Contributor: Javier Leung, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Contributor: Javier Leung, University of Missouri-Columbia

INTL-K-12 Online Supplementary Tutoring in China: Private Tutoring for Social Equity?

  • In Event: INTL & Affiliate-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Poster Session: INTL-Poster Session

Thu, Oct 25, 4:55 to 6:00pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

The school education system in China has been criticized as a system that reinforcing social inequality in the past decades. The huge urban-rural disparities and the key school system – a state-sponsored hierarchical school system hinder equal access to quality educational resources. Will online education bring changes to the system? My research will examine the emerging K-12 online supplementary tutoring business to explore the the issue of online education, online tutoring business, and educational inequality in China.

Author

  • Contributor: Yang Lai, Ohio University

ICEM Roundtable-Examining the Effects of Demographics in Online K-12 Education

  • In Event: INTL & Affiliate-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Roundtable Session: ICEM-Roundtable Session

Thu, Oct 25, 4:55 to 6:00pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

The purpose of the study is to examine whether various demographic characteristics contribute to academic success as well as academic failure for high school students taking online classes. The presentation will provide insight if there is a correlation between specific demographic variables and academic success in K-12. This session will be beneficial to K-12 administration such as counselors, principals, and online teachers.

Authors

  • Contributor: Jerri Ward-Jackson, Mississippi Stae University
  • Contributor: Chien Yu, Mississippi State University

TED-Virtual schools’ recruitment practices: An analysis of virtual school commercials

  • In Event: TED-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Poster Session: TED-Poster Session

Fri, Oct 26, 9:00 to 10:05am, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

Virtual schools (VS) are a growing phenomenon in K-12 education. Unfortunately, little is know about their recruitment and enrollment practices. To understand how VS have such different racial, socioeconomic and special education student representation than traditional public schools, we investigated the multiple messages and interpretations of virtual school advertisements, employing methods innate to the field of cultural studies. Preliminary results show that VS intend to recruit students of a particular type.

Authors

  • Contributor: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Christian Goering, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Jonathan Allred, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Seth French, University of Arkansas

August 25, 2018

[AECT] Network with your Peers…Boost Your Career

See this announcement regarding the AECT conference this fall.

Click to view as webpage.

August 21, 2018

[AECT] August 20, 2018 – News & Notes

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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August 20, 2018

REGISTER TODAY!

If you haven’t registered for the 2018 AECT International Convention “Learning for All” in Kansas City, October 23-27, what are you waiting for? This year’s convention promises to be a “best ever” event. Register here! 

SMT LOGO COMPETITION EXTENDED

Calling all Designers! Please consider submitting a graphic design submission to the AECT School Media and Technology Division’s logo competition by August 25 ; and share this opportunity with your students and/or design colleagues. Free one-year membership to AECT for the winner!  See http://tinyurl.com/logo18smt for details.

DELT AWARDS

The Division of Emerging Learning Technology Awards deadlines are drawing near. DELT sponsors two awards: the Immersive Learning Awards and the Mehnke Award. The Immersive Learning Awards has three categories: engaging linear, engaging non-linear, and engaging graduate student (linear or non-linear) submissions. The Mennke Award is a video production award given out by the AECT Foundation and is managed by DELT.  Click here for more information on the Immersive Learning Awards – deadline September 1, 2018.  Click here for more information on the Mahnke Award – deadline September 7, 2018.

REGISTER NOW FOR ONE OF THE CONVENTION WORKSHOPS!

We have a great line-up of workshops available before and after the convention for only $15 each.
Making Thinking Visible with Technology with Clif Mims. Making Thinking Visible with Technology (MTVT) provides opportunities to embed students in rich learning opportunities that weave together many of the tenants and best practices for which educational innovations and reform measures call. Strategies for designing lessons and practical tips for implementation will be shared. This session is BYOD.
Creativity in Education with Brad Hokanson. Creativity is a mental ability that can be enhanced and which is valuable to educators, designers, and institutions. This session is based on the lessons learned from teaching and researching in the field of creativity.
Visit  https://members.aect.org/events/review/workshops.asp for more information about workshops.

HONG KONG AECT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Hong Kong AECT International Conference is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 International Conference, June 17-19, 2019 at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong.  Complete details and the Call for Participation can be found here .

Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Address: 320 W. 8th Street, Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404-3745
Toll Free: 877-677-2328 | Phone: 812-335-7675
Email:  aect@aect.org
News & Notes – August 20, 2018

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August 20, 2018

AECT Conference Schedule

I received this in my inbox over the weekend.

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to announcement that the AECT program schedule has been published! Please check the schedule to be certain you know when you are presenting for neccessary preparations.

I have received several emails regarding changing personal information. Although I am not able to change your information, you can log into AllAcademic and change your inforation within the portal. If you will changing your email address, please be sure to change your email information in the AECT conference portal as we will contact you using the address on file. If you have any problems, please contact AECT at: aect@aect.org or 877-677-2328.

Sincerely,

Victoria Lowell,
Division of Distance Learning President-Elect
2018 AECT Conference Planner
Vllowell@purdue.edu

A quick search of the schedule for “K-12 online learning,” “K-12 blended learning,” “virtual school,” “cyber school,” cyber charter school,” and “e-school” revealed the following sessions that may be of interest to readers of this space.


SMT-Differentiation practices of Virtual School Teachers

Wed, Oct 24, 3:35 to 4:00pm, Muehlebach, Hoover

Short Description

To understand how online teachers meet the needs of diverse learners, researchers conducted focus groups and interviews with teachers in four virtual schools. Participants were questioned on how differentiation is seen in their practice. Grounded theory and structural, analysis of the data should reveal the self-reported differentiation practices of online teachers. Further, it will begin to distinguish between the practices of expert online teachers and novice teachers. Future research and implications are discussed.

Authors

  • Contributor: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Jennifer Beasley, University of Arkansas

DDL-K-12 Online Learning Journal Articles: Trends from Two Decades of Scholarship

Wed, Oct 24, 4:15 to 4:40pm, Muehlebach, Truman A

Short Description

This research reviewed 356 articles in K-12 online learning from 1994–2016. We analyzed authorship, journals, citations, keywords, abstracts, and research methodologies. We found the field of K-12 online learning to be growing and maturing. In the last few years there has been a rapid acceleration not only of new articles, but especially of new authors. This infusion of new scholarship will undoubtedly lead to new ideas and trends over the next decade.

Authors

  • Contributor: Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Cecil R Short, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Rick West, Brigham Young University
  • Contributor: Michael Barbour, Touro University, California
  • Contributor: Joshua Hveem, Brigham Young University

RTD Roundtable-The Effect of Practicum Experiences on Preparing Teacher Candidates for Successful K-12 Online Teaching

  • In Event: RTD-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Roundtable Session: RTD-Roundtable Session

Thu, Oct 25, 2:15 to 3:20pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

The study is to examine the effect of practicum experiences on preparing teacher candidates for successful K-12 online teaching. Each candidate needs to design, develop and deliver an online or hybrid 3-week module to his or her students. A mixed-method design will be used to collect data including a survey, online interviews and a systematic examination of summative evaluation reports and weekly teaching logs. The results and implications will be discussed in the presentation.

Authors

  • Contributor: E-Ling Hsiao, Valdosta State University
  • Contributor: Xiaoxia Huang, Western Kentucky University

DDL-Does mileage traveled to testing sites impact online students test scores?

Thu, Oct 25, 2:55 to 3:20pm, Marriott, Julia Lee A

Short Description

Research shows that virtual school students don’t score as well as traditional students on state tests. Other research suggests that testing fatigue may harm achievement, and one source of fatigue may be the distance students travel to testing sites. Achievement data was collected from two virtual schools on whether driving distance is determinant of test scores, while controlling for demographic characteristics. Implications and future research are discussed.

Authors

  • Contributor: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Ian E Kingsbury, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Robert Maranto, University of Arkansas

SMT-Discovering Utilization Patterns in an Online K-12 Teacher Professional Development: Clustering and Data Visualization Methods

  • In Event: SMT-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Poster Session: SMT-Poster Session

Thu, Oct 25, 3:35 to 4:40pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

This proposal reports on a completed study on utilization patterns of the content and site features of a K-12 online professional development platform by data mining web metrics records. Data mining, feature selection, simple K-means clustering and visualization methods were used to make sense of the massive volume of web metrics. The cross-industry standard process for data mining (CRISP-DM) was utilized with the clustering approach to form patterns among new and returning visitors seeking PD.

Authors

  • Contributor: Javier Leung, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Contributor: Javier Leung, University of Missouri-Columbia

INTL-K-12 Online Supplementary Tutoring in China: Private Tutoring for Social Equity?

  • In Event: INTL & Affiliate-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Poster Session: INTL-Poster Session

Thu, Oct 25, 4:55 to 6:00pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

The school education system in China has been criticized as a system that reinforcing social inequality in the past decades. The huge urban-rural disparities and the key school system – a state-sponsored hierarchical school system hinder equal access to quality educational resources. Will online education bring changes to the system? My research will examine the emerging K-12 online supplementary tutoring business to explore the the issue of online education, online tutoring business, and educational inequality in China.

Author

  • Contributor: Yang Lai, Ohio University

ICEM Roundtable-Examining the Effects of Demographics in Online K-12 Education

  • In Event: INTL & Affiliate-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Roundtable Session: ICEM-Roundtable Session

Thu, Oct 25, 4:55 to 6:00pm, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

The purpose of the study is to examine whether various demographic characteristics contribute to academic success as well as academic failure for high school students taking online classes. The presentation will provide insight if there is a correlation between specific demographic variables and academic success in K-12. This session will be beneficial to K-12 administration such as counselors, principals, and online teachers.

Authors

  • Contributor: Jerri Ward-Jackson, Mississippi Stae University
  • Contributor: Chien Yu, Mississippi State University

TED-Virtual schools’ recruitment practices: An analysis of virtual school commercials

  • In Event: TED-Roundtable/Poster Session
    In Poster Session: TED-Poster Session

Fri, Oct 26, 9:00 to 10:05am, Muehlebach, Royal Exhibit Hall

Short Description

Virtual schools (VS) are a growing phenomenon in K-12 education. Unfortunately, little is know about their recruitment and enrollment practices. To understand how VS have such different racial, socioeconomic and special education student representation than traditional public schools, we investigated the multiple messages and interpretations of virtual school advertisements, employing methods innate to the field of cultural studies. Preliminary results show that VS intend to recruit students of a particular type.

Authors

  • Contributor: Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Christian Goering, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Jonathan Allred, University of Arkansas
  • Contributor: Seth French, University of Arkansas

August 14, 2018

[AECT] August 13, 2018 – News & Notes

A newsletter from yesterday.

Difficulty viewing this email? Click here…

August 13, 2018

REGISTER TODAY!

If you haven’t registered for the 2018 AECT International Convention “Learning for All” in Kansas City, October 23-27, what are you waiting for? This year’s convention promises to be a “best ever” event. Register here! 

RICHARD B. LEWIS MEMORIAL AWARD

Do you know a school or system, public or private, you’d like to recognize for outstanding technology integration and media utilization programs? The School Media & Technology Division (SMT) is seeking nominations for the Richard B. Lewis Memorial Award for Outstanding School Media and Technology. Nominations are due August 15, 2018. Past applicants are eligible to reapply. For more information, please visit AECT’s website or contact Leslie Blatt.  And you can follow SMT on Facebook.

SMT LOGO COMPETITION EXTENDED

Calling all Designers! Please consider submitting a graphic design submission to the AECT School Media and Technology Division’s logo competition by August 25 ; and share this opportunity with your students and/or design colleagues. Free one-year membership to AECT for the winner!  See http://tinyurl.com/logo18smt for details.

DELT AWARDS

The Division of Emerging Learning Technology Awards deadlines are drawing near. DELT sponsors two awards: the Immersive Learning Awards and the Mehnke Award. The Immersive Learning Awards has three categories: engaging linear, engaging non-linear, and engaging graduate student (linear or non-linear) submissions. The Mennke Award is a video production award given out by the AECT Foundation and is managed by DELT.  Click here for more information on the Immersive Learning Awards – deadline September 1, 2018.  Click here for more information on the Mahnke Award – deadline September 7, 2018.

CLT AWARD COMMITTEE CALLS FOR REVIEWERS
The CLT awards committee would like your help selecting recipients for the CLT awards. Please contact Holly Marshburn  with your interest and any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you!

REGISTER NOW FOR ONE OF THE CONVENTION WORKSHOPS!

We have a great line-up of workshops available before and after the convention for only $15 each.
Creating a Customizable Differentiated, Classroom Learning Environment with George Ober. Using multiple technologies differentiated to meet individual student learning styles increases engagement, provides continuous growth through formative assessment while accommodating “Learning for All”.
Teaching Kids to Code (and teachers too!) with Peter Rich. In this day-long workshop, participants will explore the fundamentals of programming multiple perspectives. This will include: unplugged lessons, micro:bits, robots, and eTextiles. The second-half of the day will feature hands-on lessons with block-based coding. Participants will create curricula and materials that can be used to integrate computing with core elementary topics.
A Magic-Based Training Method for Facilitating Creative Thinking with Tong Li. This workshop will introduce a magic-based method aimed to facilitate creativity in an interactive and engaging way. This method will engage participants in developing a creative mindset through a series of magic related activities. After participating in this workshop, participants will form a deep understanding of the principles magicians use to design and develop creative ideas and they will also be able to apply this method in a training or instructional setting.
Visit  https://members.aect.org/events/review/workshops.asp for more information about workshops.

HONG KONG AECT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Hong Kong AECT International Conference is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 International Conference, June 17-19, 2019 at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong.  Complete details and the Call for Participation can be found here .

Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Address: 320 W. 8th Street, Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404-3745
Toll Free: 877-677-2328 | Phone: 812-335-7675
Email:  aect@aect.org
News & Notes – August 13, 2018

Association for Educational Communications and Technology | 320 W. 8th St. Ste 101 | Bloomington, IN 47404-3745 

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