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June 7, 2017

Announcing: Special Symposium at E-Learn 2017

This will be an interesting session!

 OCTOBER 17-20, 2017 • VANCOUVER, BC

Tuesday, November 17th8AM – 5PM

What do the World Bank, UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Inter-American Development Bank, and numerous other organizations and institutions around the globe have in common? They are all engaged in fascinating experiments to take advantage of advances in digital technologies and e-learning design to provide education, training, and professional development opportunities to people in developing countries who previously could not partake of these opportunities. One such delivery mechanism has been the massive open online course (MOOC) as well as various MOOC-like derivatives. Another is the use of open educational resources (OER). These efforts are already benefitting millions of people, but much potential for expansion and improvement remains.

 Symposium Description & Schedule
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June 2, 2017

LearnTechLib Table of Contents Alert: CITE Journal 17:1

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LearnTechLib Table of Contents Alert: CITE Journal 17:1

Dear Michael Barbour,

The latest issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education is now available on LearnTechLib, the Learning & Technology Library.

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Vol. 17 , No. 1 (March 2017)

Table of Contents

  1. Building Reflective Practice Through an Online Diversity Simulation in an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

    Jamie Manburg , Nova Southeastern University, ; Rashid Moore , Nova Southeastern University, ; David Griffin , Nova Southeastern University, ; Marvin Seperson , Nova Southeastern University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/148452/

  2. Teachers’ Engagement with New Literacies as Support for Implementing Technology in the English/Language Arts Classroom

    Melody Zoch , University of North Carolina at Greensboro, ; Joy Myers , James Madison University, ; Joy Myers , University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/151010/

  3. Content Analysis of Science Teacher Representations in Google Images

    Daniel Bergman , Wichita State University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/151973/

  4. The Presentation of Technology for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Textbooks: Content Courses for Elementary Teachers

    Dustin Jones , Sam Houston State University, ; Victoria Hollas , Sam Houston State University, ; Mark Klespis , Sam Houston State University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/172188/

  5. TPACK in Special Education: Preservice Teacher Decision Making While Integrating iPads Into Instruction

    Susan Anderson , Texas Christian University, ; Robin Griffith , Texas Christian University, ; Lindy Crawford , Texas Christian University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/173323/

  6. Reflections on Preparing Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology: An Interview with Joseph South

    Glen Bull , University of Virginia, ; J. Michael Spector , University of North Texas, ; Kay Persichitte , University of Wyoming, ; Ellen Meiers , Columbia University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/177270/

  7. Preliminary Recommendations Regarding Preparation of Teachers and School Leaders to Use Learning Technologies

    Glen Bull , University of Virginia, ; J. Michael Spector , University of North Texas, ; Kay Persichitte , University of Wyoming,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/178221/

  8. Commentary: Response to Preliminary Recommendations Regarding Preparation of Teachers and School Leaders to Use Learning Technologies

    Joseph South , Educational researcher and technology consultant,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/178222/

  9. Commentary: Response of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to “An Interview With Joseph South” Regarding the Preparation of Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology

    Charles B. Hodges , Georgia Southern University, ; Jeffrey P. Carpenter , Elon University, ; Arlene C. Borthwick , National Louis University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/178223/

  10. Commentary: Response of SITE to “An Interview With Joseph South” Regarding the Preparation of Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology

    David Slykhuis , James Madison University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/178224/

  11. Table of contents for this issue: https://www.learntechlib.org/j/CITE/v/17/n/1/

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May 18, 2017

Validated Online Course Design Standards

A few weeks ago I saw this news item scroll across my electronic desk – Edmentum Plato Courses Receive iNACOL Standards Approval. When you go to the news item, you get access to this summary:

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware’s iNACOL Standard Review – http://www.edmentum.com/sites/edmentum.com/files/resource/media/iNACOL%20Summary.pdf

A former doctoral student of mine actually completed his dissertation research focused on whether the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses could be validated based on research. Here are the results.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Building better courses: Examining the content validity of the iNACOL national standards for quality online courses. Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(1), 41-73. Retrieved from http://www.learntechlib.org/p/171515

  • The first round focused on whether there was literature and, more importantly, the research literature support for the standards.  David was able to find something for just about every standard, but there was actually little in the way of K-12 distance, online, and blended learning research literature to support most standards as they were written.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2017). Improving the K-12 online course design review process: Experts weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 18(3). Retrieved from http://www.ijede.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/976

  • The second round had two teams of experts review the standards to determine whether, based on their expert opinions, the standards were appropriate measures of the quality of online course design.  While there was some general support for most standards, many of them were revised or dropped based on this expert feedback.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Redesigning design: Field testing a revised design rubric based of iNACOL quality course standards. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, 31(2). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2800

  • The third round had several teams of two reviewers that were responsible for applying the rubric associated with the standards to a variety of online courses to determine if inter-rater reliability could be achieved.  The results of this application were that the rubric could not be reliably applied.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Redesigning design: Streamlining K-12 online course creation. MACUL Journal, 37(1), 20-21. Retrieved from http://www.macul.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/MACULJournal_Fall2016.pdf

  • This final article was targeted to practitioners.  It was basically an attempt for David to translate what he learned from the three rounds of research that would be of interest and of use to a practitioner audience.

May 4, 2017

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April 27, 2017

EdMedia 2017 Call for Proposals EXTENDED: May 8th

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Washington, DC – June 20-23, 2017
We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions.
Private Smithsonian National Air & Space and Natural History
Museum Tours.
Including metro transportation.

Complimentary Lunch 
WednesdayFriday. Topics Lunch reg required.
Disco Night in DC Welcome Party
Attendee & a guest are invited to wear your favorite 70’s outfits & light up the dance floor!
Emerging Scholars SIG Social Event 
Enjoy a night out on the town with grad students!
 
 
Potomac Monuments Riverboat Tour
Narrated sightseeing cruise featuring the Jefferson Memorial, JFK Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, & the 14th St Bridge.
 
 
Closing Happy Hour 
Let’s celebrate EdMedia with Happy Hour & toast to 2018 in Amsterdam!

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