Virtual School Meanderings

July 6, 2016

Article Notice – Evaluation and Approval Constructs For K-12 Online and Blended Courses and Providers

As I mentioned yesterday in [JAEPR] New Issue Published, there was one K-12 online learning article.

Evaluation and Approval Constructs For K-12 Online and Blended Courses and Providers

Michael K Barbour, Tom Clark, Kristen DeBruler, Justin Bruno
Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research – Vol 2, No 1


Public Act 60 (2013) of the Michigan Legislature tasked Michigan Virtual University, through its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, to “research, develop, and recommend annually to the department criteria by which cyber schools and online course providers should be monitored and evaluated to ensure a quality education for their pupils.” This study provides an overview of existing models of cyber and online evaluation, both of which serve to inform the forthcoming recommendations. In this study, the authors review existing literature related to the evaluation of online and blended learning programs and providers, and identify five constructs for course and provider evaluation and approval.

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July 5, 2016

[JAEPR] New Issue Published

Note this special issue on online learning, which includes an article focused on K-12 online learning (note that I am one of the authors).


Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research has just published its
latest issue at We invite you to review the
Table of Contents here and then visit our website to review articles and
items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Priscila G. Baddouh
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research
Vol 2, No 1
Table of Contents

Priscila G. Baddouh

Special Issue in Online Learning (JAEPR) – Editors’ Introduction
Florence Martin

Research Articles – Special Issue
A Peer Observation of Teaching Process for Faculty who Teach Online
Cheryl Murphy,  Elizabeth Stover

Elementary Education Teacher Candidates’ Development of Lesson Planning
Skills in an Online Instructional Design Course
Drew Polly

Models of Administration for Online Learning Programs in the U.S. Higher
Education Institutions
Phu Vu, Richard Meyer,  Jude Cepero

Evaluation and Approval Constructs For K-12 Online and Blended Courses and
Michael K Barbour,      Tom Clark,      Kristen DeBruler,       Justin Bruno

Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research

July 2, 2016

[Eurodl] New articles in EURODL – June 2016

From Friday’s inbox…

Fresh Articles – June 2016

Dear EURODL subscriber,

We kindly inform you that new articles have been accepted for publication, since December 2015. Please, visit them at the journal’s website.

And the article in the “Brief items” section:

In case you like these and previous articles, feel free to recommend them for reading to your colleagues on your social networking account by clicking at the “Share” button above the article’s title.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Contributions for the EDEN RW9, the 9th Research Workshop in October 2016. The event titled “” will take place in Oldenburg, 4-7 October.

All useful information concerning conference themes, submission categories and required format of contributions further how to submit your proposal, can be found by clicking here.

Feel free to contact us in case you have any inquiries.

Wishing all of you a relaxed summer holiday,

on behalf of the Chief Editor, Dr. Ulrich Bernath

If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, follow the link on the bottom of this letter.

EURODL – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning

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June 2, 2016

New Issue of Human Technology Now Available

No K-12 online learning related items, but some interesting research to pass along…

Dear subscriber of the Human Technology e-notification service,

Thank you for your continued interest in being notified when Human Technology publishes its issues. In addition to the essential information on our newest issue, I will present three other items for your information. Below the issue details, you will find brief information on two Calls for Papers for thematic issues in our journal, as well as announcement of a revision in our journal’s name. But first, the “main event”:
We are pleased to announce that the newest issue of the online journal Human Technology is now online. This thematic issue, titled Human–Technology Choreographies: Body, Movement, and Space, is the first of two focusing on the impact of the instrumental value, specifically movement, of and on design and use of technological objects. (The second issue on this topic will be published in several months.) Both issues have been guided by guest editors Antti Pirhonen, Department of Teacher Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Kai Tuuri, Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; and Cumhur Erkut, Department of Architecture, Design, & Media Technology, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. This first issue focuses specifically on the topics of designing by moving and moving by design. You can access the issue at




Guest Editor’s Introduction

Choreographies: An Emerging Perspective for Interaction Design

Antti Pirhonen, Kai Tuuri, & Cumhur Erkut



Original Articles

Ways of Walking: Understanding Walking’s Implications for the Design of Handheld Technology Via a Humanistic Ethnographic Approach

Parisa Eslambolchilar, Mads Bødker, & Alan Chamberlain


Choreographic Inscriptions: A Framework for Exploring Sociomaterial Influences on Qualities of Movement for HCI

Lian Loke & A. Baki Kocaballi



Quantified Bodies in the Checking Loop: Analyzing the Choreographies of Biomonitoring and Generating Big Data

Jaana Parviainen



Yamove! A Movement Synchrony Game that Choreographs Social Interaction

Katherine Isbister, Elena Márquez Segura, Suzanne Kirkpatrick,

Xiaofeng Chen, Syed Salahuddin, Gang Cao, & Raybit Tang



We ask that you please forward information on our journal to your all of your colleagues who might be interested in the topics within this issue.




Call for Papers: Thematic issue on Designing Interactive Systems for Work Engagement


The Call for Papers for this thematic issue in Human Technology has been ongoing since January 2016 (see, but closed yesterday. However, the editors are open to requests for an extension for submission, if needed. Prospective authors should email Heli Väätäjä ( with a short description of their submission by June 30, 2016. The editors will determine if the nature of the research topic is in line with the scope of the thematic issue and, if so, instructions for submission will be provided. Please feel free to notify any colleagues who many interested in this Call.



Call for Papers: Thematic issue titled SADE – semiotics + art and design experience


The guest editor of this thematic issue is inviting, until September 30, 2016, submissions that explore the interrelationships between and among art, design, and technology, in light of semiotics and experience. More information on the Call for Papers is available on Human Technology’s website (). The guest editor is Rebekah Rousi of the University of Jyväskylä. As always, we appreciate you forwarding this information to colleagues and/or researchers who might be interested in submitting to this thematic issue.



Human Technology changes its name


From the initiation of this journal, we have been known as Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments. As a new publication, it was important that our journal’s name reflected the inclusive nature of our interdisciplinary scope. Over the years, the subtitle has become superfluous, as both readers and published authors have grasped the significance of our scope and have typically shortened the name to simply the very inclusive Human Technology. Therefore, we have followed suit officially; from this issue forward, articles will be published within Human Technology. We trust that this concise name for our journal will make it easier to remember, easier to find online, and more accurately cited. Most importantly, the quality and dedication that began with our first issue remains.








Ms. Barbara Crawford

Managing Editor

Human Technology: An  Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments

May 19, 2016

Article Notice: Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement at a Cyber High School

As I mentioned yesterday in IRRODL Announcement, here is one K-12 online learning focused article from that issue.

Home > Vol 17, No 3 (2016) > Borup

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Teacher Perceptions of Learner-Learner Engagement at a Cyber High School


Distance education has historically contained little or no learner–learner interactions.  Currently the Internet allows for unprecedented levels of learner–learner interaction and has the potential to transform how students learn online.  However, many courses offered online focus more on flexibility and independence than on interaction and collaboration.  Often it is up to the teacher to decide how much learner–learner interaction their courses contain.  However, little research has examined how online high school teachers perceive, value, and facilitate learner–learner interactions.  This case study used teacher surveys and interviews at a full-time online charter high school to examine teacher perceptions of learner–learner interactions.  The analysis identified four student behaviors that positively impact student engagement and learning: befriending, motivating, instructing, and collaborating.  Teachers also identified several drawbacks to learner–learner interactions such as bullying and cheating.  Furthermore, there appeared to be tension between providing for students’ individual needs and requiring collaborative learning opportunities.


K-12 online learning, cyber schooling, collaboration, peer tutoring

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