Virtual School Meanderings

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 16, 2017

Article Notice – Improving the K-12 Online Course Design Review Process: Experts Weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

This was one of the items from yesterday’s IRRODL Announcement 18.3.

David Adelstein, Michael K. Barbour

Abstract

Within the K-12 online learning environment there are a variety of standards that designers can utilize when creating online courses. To date, the only research-based standards available are proprietary in manner. As such, many jurisdictions have begun adopting online course design standards from the leading advocacy organization, which that have yet to be validated from a research perspective. This article reports on the second phase of a three-stage study designed to examine the validity and reliability of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. Phase two utilizes two groups of expert reviewers to examine and provide feedback with goal of further refining these standards (after the standards had been scrutinized through the lens of the available K-12 online learning literature).

Keywords

K-12 online learning, K-12 distance education, virtual school, cyber school, online course design

Full Text:

HTML PDF MP3 EPUB

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v18i3.2800

 

May 15, 2017

IRRODL Announcement 18.3

A notice I received late last week.

IRRODL Issue 18(3)
Email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.
Hello Readers,The May issue of IRRODL is now available. You can find it at http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/index.

Rory

Vol 18, No 3 (2017)

Table of Contents

Editorial

Editorial – Volume 18, Issue 3
Rory McGreal

Research Articles

Michelle Jean Eady, Stuart Woodcock, Ashley Sisco
Tekeisha Denise Zimmerman, Kim Nimon
David Adelstein, Michael K. Barbour
Barney Erasmus, Lynette Naidoo, Pierre Joubert
Qiyun Wang, Choon Lang Quek, Xiaoyong Hu
Carlos Alario-Hoyos, Iria Estévez-Ayres, Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Carlos Delgado Kloos, Carmen Fernández-Panadero
Subeom Kwak

Book Notes

Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs, and Transformation
Yoram M Kalman
Designing Teaching and Learning for a Digital Age
Serpil Kocdar
Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces
Yu-Chang Hsu

Notes from Leadership in Open and Distance Learning

Editorial: Leadership Notes
Martha Cleveland-Innes
Olof Balter
Natalie Khan
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.
Our mailing address is:
Athabasca University
International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL)
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB  T9S 3A3
Canada

April 7, 2017

IRRODL Announcement 18.2

No K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning articles in this issue.

IRRODL Issue 18(2)
Email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.

Dear Readers,

We welcome Spring (at least in Canada) with IRRODL’s Issue 18(2), bursting with a bouquet of new research and good reading! Enjoy!

Dianne

Vol 18, No 2 (2017)

Table of Contents

Editorial

Editorial – Volume 18, Issue 2
Dianne Conrad

Research Articles

Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Uthman Alturki, Ahmed Aldraiweesh
Jamie Costley, Christopher Henry Lange
Nati Cabrera, Maite Fernández Ferrer
Sunnie Lee Watson, William R. Watson, Shamila Janakiraman, Jennifer Richardson
Colin Milligan, Allison Littlejohn
Robert Bodily, Rob Nyland, David Wiley
Stefania Manca, Maria Ranieri
Patricia Fidalgo, Joan Thormann
Xiaoying Feng, Jingjing Xie, Yue Liu
Shuang Li, Jingjing Zhang, Chen Yu, Li Chen
Sanghoon Park
Pilar Gómez-Rey, Elena Barbera, Francisco Fernández-Navarro

Research Notes

Aeen Mohammadi, Shadi Asadzandi, Shiva Malgard

Technical Notes

Wolfram Laaser, Eduardo Adrian Toloza
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.
Our mailing address is:
Athabasca University
International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL)
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB  T9S 3A3
Canada

April 5, 2017

[CJLT / RCAT] New Issue Published

Notice from another distance, online and/or blended learning journal issue with no K-12 articles.

Dear Readers,

The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de
l’apprentissage et de la technologie has just published Volume 43, Number
1. This issue is available on our web site at http://www.cjlt.ca/. We invite
you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to
review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for your continued interest in our work,

CJLT Editors
University of Alberta & York University
cjlt@ualberta.ca

———————————————————-

Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de
l’apprentissage et de la technologie
Vol 43, No 1 (2017)
http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/issue/view/1869

Articles
————–

Gadgets in the Gymnasium: Physical Educators’ Use of Digital Technologies |
Les gadgets au gymnase : l’utilisation des technologies numériques par les
enseignants en éducation physique
Daniel Robinson, Lynn Randall

Adolescence et technologie : besoins de savoir, de supervision et de
reconnaissance | Adolescence and Technology: Need for Knowledge, Supervision
and Acknowledgement
Marie-Hélène Poulin, Camille Lefebvre

Understanding School Board Leaders Use of Online Resources to Inform
Decision-Making | Examen de l’usage des ressources en ligne par les
dirigeants des conseils scolaires pour guider les prises de décisions
Robin Holding Kay, Loralea Carruthers

Making Sense of the Professional Learning of Grade Six Teachers of
Mathematics Implementing the Flipped Classroom Approach | Le
perfectionnement professionnel des enseignants de mathématique en 6e année
mettant en œuvre l’approche de la classe inversée
Karen Goodnough, Elizabeth Murphy

Book Review
————–

Book Review of Ten Strategies for Building Community with Technology
Diane Janes
_____________________________________________________________
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology /
La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie
http://www.cjlt.ca/

« Previous PageNext Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.