Virtual School Meanderings

May 13, 2016

Article Notice – The Straight Truth About Online Learning In The Straits: An Investigation Into The Nature Of Education In A Rural And Remote Region Of Newfoundland And Labrador

A notice of this article of mine that was recently published.

Mulcahy, D., Barbour, M. K., & Lahiri, M. (2016). The straight truth about online learning in the Straits: An investigation into the nature of education in a rural and remote region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 26(1), 27-41. Retrieved from http://jtlge.curtin.edu.au/index.php/aijre/article/view/181

Abstract

This paper reports on a naturalistic research project that was conducted in response to the educational concerns of the coastal rural communities of Labrador Straits. The research project investigated the current provision of education available to the children and the youth of these communities and found that due to declining population, changing demographics, lack of qualified teaching staff in the region and several other interrelated factors, there was an increased reliance on online learning in the small rural schools of the Straits as well as other rural regions of the province.

March 10, 2014

History Of K-12 Distance Education In Newfoundland And Labrador

As many of you know, I’m originally from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  I often speak of my home province and the K-12 distance education program that is there (and that I have conducted research with).

Last week, I came across a collection of blog entries that a colleague – and I’d say friend – of mine from back in Newfoundland that has been involved in K-12 distance education.  I followed along with these entries as Maurice posted them, but he has put them all together in a single collection.

I’d encourage you all to read it, as Maurice’s personal history with K-12 distance education in Newfoundland and Labrador is a pretty COMPLETE history of K-12 distance education in Newfoundland and Labrador. I think it is also a great case study of the development of K-12 distance education and K-12 online learning in any jurisdiction.

Rendering Distance Transparent: K-12 Distance Ed. in NL, CA

I retired from a 30-year career in the K-12 system in Newfoundland Labrador, in August 2013. During the winter, previous to retirement, I decided to elaborate on my experiences with the distance education program in my province. The pages are listed below

K-12 DE: 01  The Setting

K-12 DE: 02  Small Schools Distance Education (1988-2003)

K-12 DE: 03A Teaching and Learning by Distance Education (1988-2003)

K-12 DE: 03B Teaching and Learning by Distance Education (1988-2003)

K-12 DE: 04   STEM~Net: Province-Wide Networking

K-12 DE: 05  STEM~Net and School Connectivity

K-12 DE: 06 The Vista Project: Breaking New Ground (1998-2001)

K-12 DE: 07 The Vista Project: Lessons Learned (1998-2001)

K-12 DE: 08 CDLI Startup and Pilot (2000-2002)

K-12 DE: 09 CDLI: Building an eLearning Team (2001-2005)

K-12 DE: 10 CDLI Implementation: Supporting the Learners (2001-2005)

K-12 DE: 11 CDLI Implementation: Initial Content Development (2000-2005)

K-12 DE: 12 The MLOs (before there was Khan) (2002-2007)

K-12 DE: 13 From mTeacher to mTeam

K-12 DE: 14 Layering in Videoconferencing

K-12 DE: 15 Distance Education and Science Labs

August 13, 2013

REVISED DEADLINE: The Morning Watch – Special Issue: Technology-Mediated Learning (TML)

This is a limited call, as the journal has a specific geographic focus (i.e., Newfoundland and Labrador). So any submissions should be specifically focused on that geographic jurisdiction.

Call for contributions from academics, practitioners, policy-makers, administrators and graduate students for a
special FALL issue on
TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED LEARNING (TML) Guest Editors Elizabeth Murphy
Memorial University of Newfoundland
and Michael Barbour:Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan


Examples of questions/themes:

  • TML & the sustainability of remote & rural communities.
  • TML: innnovation or status quo on steroids?
  • TML: the demise of local communities or birth of global communities?
  • TML: where is the return on investment?
  • TML: the role of teachers/ professors.
  • TML: how to promote learning excellence online.
  • TML: learner empowerment or canned lectures?
  • TML: the need for faculty and student support.

 

Memorial Logo

  • Empirical, narrative, biographical, critical or theoretical perspectives are welcome.
  • Submission formats might include, papers, reports or position papers.
  • Maximum 3000 words. Minimum 500.
  • Papers, reports and position papers should follow APA format.

Email your submission by
September 15,2013 to
2013morningwatch at gmail dot com
See the submission guidelines & FAQ.

August 1, 2013

Reminder: The Morning Watch – Special Issue: Technology-Mediated Learning (TML)

This is a limited call, as the journal has a specific geographic focus (i.e., Newfoundland and Labrador). So any submissions should be specifically focused on that geographic jurisdiction.

Call for contributions from academics, practitioners, policy-makers, administrators and graduate students for a
special FALL issue on
TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED LEARNING (TML) Guest Editors Elizabeth Murphy
Memorial University of Newfoundland

and Michael Barbour:

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan


Examples of questions/themes:

  • TML & the sustainability of remote & rural communities.
  • TML: innnovation or status quo on steroids?
  • TML: the demise of local communities or birth of global communities?
  • TML: where is the return on investment?
  • TML: the role of teachers/ professors.
  • TML: how to promote learning excellence online.
  • TML: learner empowerment or canned lectures?
  • TML: the need for faculty and student support.

 

Memorial Logo

  • Empirical, narrative, biographical, critical or theoretical perspectives are welcome.
  • Submission formats might include, papers, reports or position papers.
  • Maximum 3000 words. Minimum 500.
  • Papers, reports and position papers should follow APA format.

Email your submission by
August 15,2013 to
2013morningwatch at gmail dot com
See the submission guidelines & FAQ.

June 12, 2013

Article Notice – Pictures from an Exhibition … of Online Learning: A Creative Representation of Qualitative Data

This is another K-12 online learning article that was published earlier this week (and that I posted the full issue for yesterday).

Pictures from an Exhibition… of Online Learning: A Creative Representation of Qualitative Data

The Qualitative Report 2013
Volume 18, Article 45, 1-15.
http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/barbour45.pdf

Michael Barbour, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan USA
Jason Paul Siko, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids,Michigan USA
Kaye Simuel-Everage, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan USA

Abstract: K-12 online learning at the K-12 level has been around for approximately two decades and is continuing to grow. While researchers have researched a variety of issues related to K-12 online learning, there has been little published on the student experience in web-based learning environments. In this article, two doctoral students were tasked with analyzing existing data, then representing and situating their findings in a format other than the traditional “results” and “discussion” sections found in a typical six-section journal manuscript. One student created an image that focused upon the tools used by the K-12 student in her online learning. The other student created a slideshow to illustrate the challenges faced by a second K-12 student in her online learning. While more research into the K-12 student experience in online learning is required, this article represents one creative attempt to address this need.

Keywords: K-12 Online Learning, Virtual Schooling, Alternative Representation

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