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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 26, 2017

Inviting Contributions From i-manager’s Journal On School Educational Technology. (Mar-May’17 issue of JSCH)

Note this call for articles from an outlet that has been friendly for K-12 distance, online, and blended learning articles.

Dear Prof. Michael K. Barbour,

Greetings from i-manager Publications!

We take pleasure in informing you regarding the forthcoming issue (March – May 2017) of the Journal. Kindly find attached the Call for Paper for the overall topics and subject coverage.

We invite your contribution towards this issue on any one of the given topics relevant to your field of specialization and solicit you to enrich our readers with your acumen.

You can submit your papers in the online portal http://www.imanagerpublications.com/AuthorLoginPage.aspx  by using your existing Username and password to enter the Author Home page. By clicking on the link Contribute Article/RP you can submit the papers online.

Alternatively you can send it via email to submissions@imanagerpublications.com. 

We look forward to receiving your articles\research papers.

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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 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

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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)
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Hello Readers,The May issue of IRRODL is now available. You can find it at http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/index.

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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
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