Virtual School Meanderings

April 10, 2021

AERA 2021 – A Newcomer’s Lens: A Look at K-12 Online and Blended Learning in the Journal of Online Learning Research

Less than an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our paper (and my final) presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: In this study, the authors analyzed 51 articles published between 2015 and 2018 inclusive in the Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR). The purpose of this study was to examine the trends regarding article topics, geography, research methods and article types, authorship, and citation frequency. The results indicated JOLR gave additional attention to K-12 blended learning. Another common topic was professional development. Most studies were focused on the US. Future research is needed to examine if the trends from this study continue over a more extended period and if these results reflect the development of and change in the field of K-12 online and blended learning.


  • Hu Min, Brigham Young University
  • Karen T Arnesen, Brigham Young University
  • Michael K Barbour, Touro University California
  • Heather Leary, Brigham Young University

Slides available at

April 8, 2021

AERA 2021 – Documenting Triage: Detailing the Response of Canadian Provinces and Territories to Emergency Remote Teaching

About an hour ago, my colleagues and I finished our poster presentation for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Here is the asynchronous version of that presentation.

Abstract: While it is not uncommon for Canadian schools to be closed for short, and sometimes extended, periods of time – often due to snow or other climate-related causes, the indefinite closure during Spring 2020 was an emergency situation that school leaders and government officials were unprepared for. This proposal describes a project undertaken by a pan-Canadian e-learning organization to report the actions each of the 13 provinces and territories undertook to provide continuity of learning for K-12 students. The proposal provides some national observations, but the eventual presentation will provide a detailed description by jurisdiction. It is descriptive in nature, as opposed to evaluative, as any triage that is provided during an emergency is better than the alternative.


  • Michael K. Barbour, Touro University California
  • Joelle Nagle, University of Windsor
  • Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network

Slides available at

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March 29, 2021

K-12 Online Learning It’s Conference Week!

This is the second time that I have skipped SITE.  It was always a conference that I attended, but I didn’t in 2020 because I wanted to focus on international conferences and get a better understanding of what is happening outside of North America (which worked out REALLY well, pandemic and all).

Dear Michael Barbour,

We are so excited to see you soon!

In order to assist you in making your schedule for this week, we have created a list of live presentations for this year’s conference that were either proposed to our SIG or tagged as K-12 Online Learning. We hope to see you in some of these sessions and at the SIG Meeting on Friday (1:45 PM EDT to 2:45 PM EDT).

You can access the list at:

If you are unable to access the link, email Cecil ( and he will send you a .pdf schedule.

We hope you enjoy the conference!

K-12 Online Learning Chairs
Keryn Pratt and Cecil R Short

March 25, 2021

Plan Your SITE 21 Conference Now!

Note the information on this up-coming conference that does have a K-12 online and blended learning SIG.

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Kerry Rice, Professor & Fulbright Scholar, Boise State University
Rushton Hurley, Founder and Executive Director, Next Vista for Learning
Rajni Shankar-Brown, Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, Stetson University
Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer, Khan Academy
This year’s Keynote talks will cover topics on social justice & diversity, becoming a teacher post-COVID, lessons learned from teaching in a pandemic, and navigating the ever-changing landscape of online learning.
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Lee Langub, Kennesaw State University; Elizabeth Langran, Marymount University; Jonathan Cohen, Georgia State University
Kathie Norris, Universoty of North Texas
Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan
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March 22, 2021

NEW Open Access Book! What Teacher Educators Should Have Learned from 2020

I believe a few of the chapters that I just posted in that sequence of citations came from this book.

NEW Open Access eBook
What Teacher Educators
Should Have Learned From 2020
While a global pandemic certainly brought with it loss and devastation, there were still places where light and hope could break though. In every difficult thing there is the space to grow and to learn, and the field of education is no exception.

This book, edited by Kent State University’s Richard Ferdig and Kristine Pytash, and published by AACE, begins the hard work of synthesizing what the experiences of 2020 can show us about how to remake education for the future. As we look back and look ahead, it’s clear that education is not going to return to anything like pre-pandemic schooling. Instead, a workable balance of in-person and digital learning must be found to motivate and educate all students. While many people yearn for a “return to normal,” the shift to emergency remote teaching, accompanied by a resurgence in the civil rights movement, made clear that “normal” really only worked for the privileged few.

We must see 2020 as an opportunity for an educational revolution. There is great value in what we can learn, uncover, unpack, and change from education in 2020, and this book invites us to do just that.

Resources for

  • Teacher educators interested in implementing social-emotional pedagogy
  • Instructors looking for best practices in teaching field experiences online
  • Scholars and practitioners interested in eXtended Reality like AR, VR, and 360
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