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April 23, 2018

Virtual School Course Design: Accommodating Students with Disabilities –

A third open scholarship item.
Mary F Rice Mary F Rice
Bookmarked by Patrick Lowenthal

Virtual School Course Design: Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Experts in course design, by contrast, have reported that they feel their work is to design a template of curriculum materials for a general population of students, but that teachers, parents, and on-site mentors must be the ones to individualize for students with special needs, even when other personalization features are embedded in the course (Rice, Mellard, Pace, & Carter, 2016). Thus, while online learning, with its promise of flexibility, holds potential to mitigate multiple dilemmas in providing high quality education to large numbers of students, new challenges are also…

Mary F Rice Mary F Rice
Bookmarked by Patrick Lowenthal

The emerging research base for online learning and students with disabilities.

Rice, M., & Dykman, B. (2018). The emerging research base for online learning and students with disabilities. In R. Ferdig and K. Kennedy (Eds.) Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (pp. 189-206). Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.  Students served under federal civil rights laws (i.e., IDEA, Section 504) are entitled to enroll in the full range of online learning environments and receive mandated services. Attending to these students’ needs has presented challenges for educators in online schools, but research that would inform decision-making and planning has been scarce….

W. Ian O'Byrne W. Ian O’Byrne
College of CharlestonTeacher Education, Faculty Member

Designing Spaces for Creativity and Divergent Thinking: Pre-Service Teachers Creating Stop Motion Animation on Tablets

In recent years, tablets have been shown to serve as incredible teaching tools in classrooms around the world. In mathematics education, divergent thinking, creativity, and play may play a key role in formation of adaptive thinking and math achievement. This qualitative, participatory action research investigated the use of an instructional model that provided minimal instruction in the use of tablets to create stop motion animation movies. This study focused on the themes and patterns that emerged as pre-service teachers integrate a design thinking philosophy as they explore creativity and…

Prachyanun Nilsook Prachyanun Nilsook
Bookmarked by Patrick Lowenthal

How to Enhance Digital Literacy Skills among Information Sciences Students

—This research aims to study Thai university library and information sciences instructors’ and students’ opinions on teaching and learning environments for the development of digital literacy skills. The research tools included digital literacy self-assessment and in-depth interviews. The findings indicate that 400 students from across Thailand considered their abilities for digital tools usage good and that they considered their information and digital transformation skills to be at an intermediate level. Interviews with the instructors revealed information about teaching environments,…

Paul  Gorski Paul Gorski
Bookmarked by Aimee Whiteside

Fighting racism, battling burnout: causes of activist burnout in US racial justice activists

Social movement scholars have identified activist burnout – when the accumulation of stressors associated with activism become so overwhelming they compromise activists’ persistence in their activism – as a threat to movement viability. This phenomenological study on the causes of burnout among racial justice activists in the United States was designed to bolster understandings of burnout and inform strategies for sustaining racial justice movements. Thirty racial justice activists who had experienced burnout were interviewed. They described four primary burnout causes:…

José  Bidarra José Bidarra
Bookmarked by Aimee Whiteside

Transmedia Storytelling as a Framework for Effective Blended Learning Design

This article discusses the use of Transmedia Storytelling in blended learning, based on recent research and the need for an effective learning design. The interest in digital storytelling for educational purposes has increased over the last few years, with researchers also identifying key pedagogical features of new media that make these inherently powerful learning tools. Stories may have high impact in the development of resources for blended learning, and could well replace some forms of traditional teaching (such as expository lectures) but more likely they will remain just an…

Kasper Juffermans Kasper Juffermans
Bookmarked by Aimee Whiteside

The Tyranny of Writing in Language and Society

Preface and Introduction to the edited volume *The Tyranny of Writing: Ideologies of the Written Word* (eds. Constanze Weth & Kasper Juffermans), Bloomsbury (Advances in Sociolinguistics), 2018. The book is an attempt to make sense of the written word and its powerful role in society. By using the word ‘tyranny’ we take an explicitly critical stance towards writing inspired above all by Saussure’s argument against writing as an object of linguistic research and what he called ‘la tyrannie de la lettre’. He denounced writing as an imperfect, distorted image of speech that obscures our…

David Beard David Beard
Bookmarked by Aimee Whiteside

Toulmin’s Rhetorical Logic: What’s the Warrant for Warrants?

Argument, on virtually any model, is a movement, from reasons to claims; the basic problem for argument theory lies in distinguishing, in general terms, between legitimate and illegitimate moves. Stephen Toulmin’s distinctive account is intended to be a procedural account of argument, as an alternative to the usual formalization of reasoning. A theory of reasoning must define a principle that allows movement; in formal logic this principle is represented by the material conditional.

Don Romesburg Don Romesburg
Bookmarked by Rob Darrow

“Introduction: Having a Moment Four Decades in the Making,” Routledge History of Queer America (Routledge: 2018)

In this introduction to the Routledge History of Queer America (2018), the editor describes how the past four decades of published historical scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and queer US history have led to a present moment in which that history has a prominent place in American public, civil, and academic life. After discussing key early texts in the field, the editor explores some of the trends and challenges currently facing queer history and its practitioners. Finally, he summarizes the main arguments of the 28 chapters, broken down into three parts,…

matt johnson
Bookmarked by Rob Darrow

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Subject Access: History and Current Practice

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Richard Ferdig Published A Book

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April 21, 2018

[EDEN-News] What Needs To Be Done To Stimulate Online Training By SMEs In Europe?

Note this item from a European organization.

What needs to be done to stimulate online training by SMEs in Europe?

Dear EDEN Members, Partners, Friends,

We are writing to invite you to take part in advancing the new initiative on “Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe” launched by Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.

This initiative aims to explore the key priorities on what needs to be done and by whom, to stimulate the uptake of online training by SMEs in Europe. The results will contribute to future EU policy regarding online training and propose specific measures at EU and national levels for implementation.survey

We would like to invite you to take 10 minutes to attend a short, interesting online survey addressing key questions, to tell us about your needs and opinions on potential measures and solutions.

The survey will be open for inputs until 1 May 2018.

EDEN is working on the study with PricewaterhouseCoopers EU Services (PwC) and Espace Mendes France. We thank and very much look forward to learning about your opinion!

Results of the work will be shared with the members of the professional community.

With thanks and best regards,

Dr Andras Szucs
EDEN Secretary General

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April 19, 2018

NEPC’s April Education Interview of the Month Podcast Explores Teacher Accountability

Note this item from the National Education Policy Center I received earlier in the week.

NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.
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NEPC’s April Education Interview of the Month Podcast Explores Teacher Accountability

Key Takeaway: NEPC Education Interview of the Month is a great teaching resource; engaging drive-time listening; and 30 minutes of high-quality policy information for educators, community members, policymakers, and anyone interested in education.


William J. Mathis: (802) 383-0058,
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Marilyn Cochran-Smith: (617) 552-4591,

BOULDER, CO (April 17, 2018) – In April’s NEPC Education Interview of the MonthGreg Smith discusses teacher accountability with Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College.

Smith and Cochran-Smith focus on national initiatives currently aimed at improving the quality of teacher education. Dr. Cochran-Smith challenges the widely held belief that preparing teachers to raise student test scores will enhance students’ achievement and the economic opportunities available to them as adults. She points out that this narrowly defined perspective on teacher quality (and thus teacher education) often minimizes or ignores altogether the myriad other factors, such as poverty and systemic racism, that negatively impact student achievement.

Research conducted by Dr. Cochran-Smith and her colleagues has led them to conclude there is little evidence that this paradigm of teacher education accountability will actually result in effective school improvement. This conclusion, however, has not resulted in their rejection of thoughtful and well-implemented accountability systems for teacher education. They call, instead, for the adoption of an alternative paradigm focused on the ability of teacher education graduates to prepare students for informed and active participation in a democratic society.

A new NEPC Education Interview of the Month, hosted by Gregory A. Smith, Lewis and Clark College Emeritus Professor of Education, will be released each month from September through May.

Don’t worry if you miss a month. All NEPC Education Interview of the Month podcasts are archived on the NEPC website and can be found here.

Coming Next Month

In May, Greg’s guests will be Michael Barbour and Bryan Mann, who will focus on virtual schools in the United States.

Stay tuned to NEPC for smart, engaging conversations about education policy.

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