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September 20, 2018

AADES and CGRN Present: 12th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Hobart, Australia 2–3 May 2019

Note the call for proposals for this Australian conference.  For those who are unfamiliar, AADES used to stand for Australia Association of Distance Education Schools – which was a VERY K-12 friendly organization.

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August 6, 2018

Article Notice – Comparing K-12 Online And Blended Teaching Competencies: A Literature Review

As you might imagine, with two guest blog entries to begin the week we do have a bit of a backlog.  Anyway…

On Friday this past week, I posted an entry entitled Distance Education, Volume 39, Issue 3, August 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online that included the following article focused on K-12 distance, online, and blended learning.


Distance Education 

Volume 39, 2018 – Issue 3


Comparing K-12 online and blended teaching competencies: a literature review

Pages 411-432 | Received 06 Sep 2017, Accepted 11 May 2018, Published online: 27 May 2018

This article presents a synthesis of reports and research on K-12 blended teaching competencies compared with K-12 online teaching competencies. The skills needed to teach in online and blended environments are distinct from traditional teaching, but teacher education programs often do not equip preservice teachers for the new modes of instruction. Additionally, there is a dearth of research on blended teaching competencies. This review synthesizes 8 blended teaching documents and 10 online teaching documents. Seven global themes identified in both competency domains are (1) pedagogy, (2) management, (3) assessment, (4) technology, (5) instructional design, (6) dispositions, and (7) improvement. The top 20 blended teaching skills include flexibility and personalization, mastery-based learning, data usage and interpretation, learning management system usage, online discussion facilitation, and software management. The authors recommend that researchers collect more methodologically transparent data about blended teaching and that teacher education programs include the identified skills in curriculum.

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Emily Pulham

Emily Pulham is a PhD student at Brigham Young University, who studies K-12 blended learning, educational philosophy, and technology integration. She also consults faculty on blended teaching solutions. You can see some of her work at:

Charles R. Graham

Charles R. Graham is a professor at Brigham Young University, who studies technology-mediated teaching and learning, with a focus on the design and evaluation of blended and online learning environments. He also researches the use of technology to enhance traditional teaching and learning. His current research publications can be found online at:

August 3, 2018

Join Us In Person Or Virtually August 7-9

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Distance Education, Volume 39, Issue 3, August 2018 Is Now Available Online On Taylor & Francis Online

Note the item by Emily Pulham and Charles Graham below.

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Distance Education, Volume 39, Issue 3, August 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Original ArticlesEditorial: to interact or not to interact is NOT the question!
Som Naidu Executive Editor
Pages: 277-280 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1483715Investigating students’ perceptions of instructional strategies to establish social presence
Patrick R. Lowenthal & Joanna C. Dunlap
Pages: 281-298 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476844Online student perceptions of engagement, transactional distance, and outcomes
Doris U. Bolliger & Colleen Halupa
Pages: 299-316 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476845

Development of a scale of Sense of Community in university online courses
Giulia Balboni, Vittore Perrucci, Stefano Cacciamani & Bruno D. Zumbo
Pages: 317-333 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476843

Using Facebook groups to support social presence in online learning
Mete Akcaoglu & Eunbae Lee
Pages: 334-352 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476842

ArticleExploring the temporal dimension of forum participation in MOOCs
Hengtao Tang, Wanli Xing & Bo Pei
Pages: 353-372 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476841

Original ArticlesExamining direct and indirect effects of classroom procedural justice on online students’ willingness to talk
Renee Kaufmann & Nicholas T. Tatum
Pages: 373-389 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476838

“I learn for a job promotion!”: the role of outcome-focused career goals in motivating distance learners to learn
Clarence Ng
Pages: 390-410 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476839

ReviewsComparing K-12 online and blended teaching competencies: a literature review
Emily Pulham & Charles R. Graham
Pages: 411-432 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1476840

Original ArticlesOpen and distance non-formal education in developing countries
David Murphy
Pages: 433-434 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1478223

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July 16, 2018

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