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April 10, 2021

AERA 2021 – A Newcomer’s Lens: A Look at K-12 Online and Blended Learning in the Journal of Online Learning Research

Less than an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our paper (and my final) presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: In this study, the authors analyzed 51 articles published between 2015 and 2018 inclusive in the Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR). The purpose of this study was to examine the trends regarding article topics, geography, research methods and article types, authorship, and citation frequency. The results indicated JOLR gave additional attention to K-12 blended learning. Another common topic was professional development. Most studies were focused on the US. Future research is needed to examine if the trends from this study continue over a more extended period and if these results reflect the development of and change in the field of K-12 online and blended learning.


  • Hu Min, Brigham Young University
  • Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Michael K Barbour, Touro University California
  • Heather Leary, Brigham Young University

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April 8, 2021

AERA 2021 – Documenting Triage: Detailing the Response of Canadian Provinces and Territories to Emergency Remote Teaching

About an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our poster presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: While it is not uncommon for Canadian schools to be closed for short, and sometimes extended, periods of time – often due to snow or other climate-related causes, the indefinite closure during Spring 2020 was an emergency situation that school leaders and government officials were unprepared for. This proposal describes a project undertaken by a pan-Canadian e-learning organization to report the actions each of the 13 provinces and territories undertook to provide continuity of learning for K-12 students. The proposal provides some national observations, but the eventual presentation will provide a detailed description by jurisdiction. It is descriptive in nature, as opposed to evaluative, as any triage that is provided during an emergency is better than the alternative.


  • Michael K. Barbour, Touro University California
  • Joelle Nagle, University of Windsor
  • Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network

Slides available at

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April 7, 2021

AECT 2021 Proposal Submissions: Last Day

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