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March 28, 2017

Research Request – Standards for Online Course Design

Note this research request from a doctoral student in my neck of the woods.

Dear Online Teacher,

The iNACOL Standards for high-quality online education are widely used, but to date, just one study has attempted to validate them. The iNACOL Standards are the focus of my doctoral research, and your participation in a survey will help to shed light on teachers’ opinions of the standards. Additionally, I have submitted a proposal for iNACOL 2017 in which I will discuss the findings and policy implications of this research.

I am requesting that you participate in the following manner:

  1. Please complete a 10-15 minute anonymous survey, which is found here: Your responses will be aggregated, and any comments you make will be kept anonymous.
  1. One question in the anonymous survey will ask you to provide your email address if you are open to being interviewed about your opinions of the iNACOL standards. Please provide your email address if you are open to being interviewed.

This project is being conducted by me, Kevin Heller, a Doctoral Candidate in Education at UC Davis. Please contact me with any questions.

And most importantly – thank you!

Regards ,

Kevin Heller

March 27, 2017

Would You Rather…The Dentist Or A DBA?

From the inbox over the weekend…

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Would You Rather…the Dentist or a DBA?

Chances are that if you ask someone if they’d rather have dental work done or speak in front of an audience, that person will probably have to take a moment to think about it. According to many studies, the idea of speaking in public or making a presentation ranks extremely high on the anxiety scale. […]

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blendED2017 Call for Proposals

Something from my inbox for folks in the Alberta region.

Hi everyone!

Announcing blendED 2017:  Alberta’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium.  Mark Your Calendars for October 25- 27, 2017!

The full day Pre- Symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

The Symposium –Thursday, October 26 & Friday, October 27, 2017.

Join us at the  Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Edmonton, Alberta

The October 25-27 blendED 2017 Symposium features:

  • Discussion sessions with Albertan and Canadian leaders and practitioners

  • Workshops on emerging trends in flexible, student-centered learning

  • Planned networking opportunities available throughout the event

We are excited to let you know that the blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium Call for Proposals is now open.  The blendEd Symposium is organized by a volunteer group of Alberta teachers and administrators who believe in fostering blended and online learning throughout the education system.  We believe in the power of structured dialogue and sharing of best practices.   If you are interested in presenting, or would like to know more, see Call for Proposals.

Registration and Symposium information will be opening soon!

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Thank you

On behalf of the blendEd Program Committee

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Just Uploaded A Video

Another item from the inbox this past week.

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Congratulations Michael, You Reached A Milestone

Also from the inbox this past week.

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