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January 15, 2019

Open Learning: The Journal Of Open, Distance And e-Learning, Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2019 Is Now Available Online On Taylor & Francis Online

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning specific articles in this issue – but several articles that I know I will be reviewing personally.

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Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2019 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Innovations in STEM distance education

This new issue contains the following articles:

EditorialInnovations in STEM distance education
Clem Herman & Diane Butler
Pages: 1-5 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1554477

ArticlesTouching creativity; a review and early pilot test of haptic tooling to support design practice, within a distance learning curriculum
Lisa Jane Bowers
Pages: 6-18 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1545637

Sonification of numerical data for education
Karen Vines, Chris Hughes, Laura Alexander, Carol Calvert, Chetz Colwell, Hilary Holmes, Claire Kotecki, Kaela Parks & Victoria Pearson
Pages: 19-39 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1553707

Using a blended learning approach to support women returning to STEM
Clem Herman, Rosaria Gracia, Lesley Macniven, Bernie Clark & Geraldine Doyle
Pages: 40-60 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1554475

The impact of technology on the teaching and assessment of ‘systems’ diagrams in two online environmental management modules
Andy Lane
Pages: 61-77 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2017.1384377

Teaching web technologies: understanding the tutor’s perspective
Chris Douce
Pages: 78-88 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1483226

The perceptions of STEM tutors on the role of tutorials in distance learning
Anne Campbell, Anne-Marie Gallen, Mark H. Jones & Ann Walshe
Pages: 89-102 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1544488

Student feedback to improved retention: using a mixed-methods approach to extend specific feedback to a generalisable concept
Carol Calvert & Rachel Hilliam
Pages: 103-117 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1552580

How do tutors use data to support their students?
Steve Walker, Tom Olney, Carlton Wood, Anactoria Clarke & Moira Dunworth
Pages: 118-133 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1554476

The American Journal of Distance EducationThe American Journal of Distance Education
Pages: 134-134 | DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2019.1563366

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[AECT] January 14, 2019 – News & Notes

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January 14, 2019

Members again have the opportunity to help define the direction and leadership of AECT. The election will be active through 11:59 PM February 22, 2019 (EST). AECT extends its appreciation to each nominating committee for its effort to find qualified leaders and to all candidates for their willingness to serve. As a member, we ask that you carefully consider the candidates statements by clicking on their name and then Cast your Vote!


The NAECT International Conference 2019 “The Future of Teaching: Learning and Educational Communications Technology in the 21 st Century: Issues, Challenges and Prospects,” May 22-24, 2019 at Brookville Hotel & Suites Conference Centre, Abuja FCT, Nigeria. Mark your calendars!


The AECT D&D board is in the process of planning a series of webinars for 2019 and we would like your input. If you could spare approximately 5 minutes to complete this short survey to provide your opinion/ideas for topics of interest and potential speakers, we would be grateful.  Please forward the link to other colleagues as you see fit.


AECT invites you to submit a proposal for the 2019 AECT International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The AECT International Convention brings together participants from around the world, offering practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of new technologies in teaching and learning. Proposals open on December 16, 2018 and close February 18, 2019. You can submit your proposal here.

SRS Pro-Action Cafe Video

Check out the latest video on the Summer Research Symposium, now on the AECT website.


The 2019 Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Summer Research Symposium is soliciting research-supported papers for a symposium on Interdisciplinarity and learning design. It will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, July 17-18, 2019 in conjunction with the regular AECT Summer Leadership Meetings. The resulting book will be published by Springer. This year, all AECT journals, including ETR&D and TechTrends will have editors or representatives participate, recruit future reviewers and solicit articles for possible publication. Deadline March 15, 2019. Additional information can be found here.


The Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET) is one of the AECT Affiliated Organizations. SICET provides international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning in a wide range of settings. Each year, SICET organizes two events – the AECT-SICET conference as part of AECT convention, and EITT convention held at a different country.

This year, SICET has scheduled the EITT convention immediately after the AECT convention in the USA. That is, EITT will take place on October 27-31, 2019 at Biloxi, Mississippi, immediately after the AECT convention on October 21-25, 2019 in Las Vegas. This is to encourage more international presentations and participations. We welcome all AECT members to submit proposals to SICET and EITT conferences. You can find more information at the SICET website .


Join technology experts, industry leaders, developers and educators from all stages of learning to examine the role artificial intelligence and emerging technologies play in the evolution of smart education. Dates for UCSEC 2019 are March 18-20 at the University of North Texas/Denton.Details are available here.


Papers published in this volume were presented at the annual AECT Convention in Kansas City, MO. Volumes 1 and 2 are available through the Educational Resources Clearinghouse (ERIC) System . The Proceedings of AECT’s Convention are published in two volumes. Volume #1contains papers dealing primarily with research and development topics. Papers dealing with the practice of instructional technology including instruction and training issues are contained inVolume #2.


Videos (Keynote and Presidential Sessions) from the 2018 AECT Convention in Kansas City are now available on Vimeo. Check them out!

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Article Notice – Surveying The National Landscape Of Online Teacher Training In K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs

Similarly, I also don’t know how this came across my electronic desk near the end of last week, but it did.  I’m not sure if I have posted this before, but I figured twice wouldn’t be a problem if I had.

2018. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2018.1498040. Online teaching and learning and the need for qualified online teachers are on the rise across the United States. Currently, the majority of teacher preparation programs do not formally prepare teacher candidates to teach online. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the ways teacher preparation programs are responding to the increasing need for K-12 teachers to be proficient in online teaching. A web-based, national survey gathered data from 215 participants, mainly deans and associate deans. Participants recognized the need for online teaching, but reported there are too many state requirements from their traditional teacher preparation programs leaving limited or no room to incorporate new curriculum on online and blended teaching methods. While undergraduate teacher preparation programs have limited or no room for other courses or initiatives, deans of graduate programs were generally more likely to support the inclusion of graduate degrees, optional courses, and/or certificates that prepare teacher candidates to teach online. Implications for teacher education are discussed.

Article Notice – Synchronous Teaching Techniques From The Perspective And Observation Of Virtual High School Teachers: An Investigative Study

I don’t know how, but this came across my electronic desk near the end of last week.  I’m not sure if I have posted this before, but I figured twice wouldn’t be a problem if I had.

  • July 2018
  • International journal of information and communication technology education: an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association 14(3):55-67
  • DOI:
  • 10.4018/IJICTE.2018070105
This article describes how there are specific tools and techniques used by teachers in synchronous live-virtual classroom environments. Those items were investigated in this article. Data was collected from semi-structured, one-on-one interviews conducted with a purposeful sample of twelve identified “highly-qualified” teachers at a cyber charter school in Pennsylvania that administered mandatory online synchronous class sessions. Additional data was collected through observations of each participant in their recorded archived “synchronous live” class sessions. The results of the study detailed the use of tools and techniques in regard to engagement, assessment and classroom management.


Scopus – Follow Author Alert, “Barbour, Michael K.” 7005949699

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