Virtual School Meanderings

January 30, 2017

Article Notice – Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program

As I mentioned in the New Issue: Journal of Online Learning Research – 2016 – Volume 2, Number 4 entry last week, I am posting notices of each of the individual articles throughout the week.

Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program

Darin R. Oviatt, Brigham Young Uiversity, United States ; Charles R. Graham, Brigham Young University, United States ; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States ; Randall S. Davies, Brigham Young University, United States

Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 2, Number 4, 2016 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Research suggests that collaborative learning designs for online courses which require interaction with teachers and peers promotes engagement and learning. K-12 students seek supplemental online courses to meet graduation requirements and desire flexibility which often conflicts with required interactions. This paper asserts that online independent study learners may create a Proximate Community of Engagement (PCE) in order to derive the benefits of collaboration and interactions. Using the Adolescent Community of Engagement (ACE) framework as a lens for identifying interactions, this study surveyed K-12 independent study students to assess their perception of the need for interaction with a support community while completing an online course. The study showed that students perceive the benefits of such a community and plan to receive support from parents, teachers, and counselors proximate to their location. The study also finds that the perception of the need is significantly greater for students taking a course for credit recovery than those taking the course for the first-time. Course providers can coach independent study students and family on how to create a Proximate Community of Engagement.

Citation

Oviatt, D.R., Graham, C.R., Borup, J. & Davies, R.S. (2016). Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program. Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(4), 333-365. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Article Notice – Special Issue on Supporting Students in K-12 Online and Blended Learning Environments

As I mentioned in the New Issue: Journal of Online Learning Research – 2016 – Volume 2, Number 4 entry last week, I am posting notices of each of the individual articles throughout the week.

Special Issue on Supporting Students in K-12 Online and Blended Learning Environments

Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States ; Lisa Hasler Waters, Flint Hill School, VA, United States ; Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, United States

Journal of Online Learning Research Volume 2, Number 4, 2016 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

K-12 online learning has grown dramatically the last decade. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that this growth has occurred despite course completion rates and standardized test scores that tend to be lower than those found in face-to-face classrooms (Freidhoff, 2015; Miron, Gulosino, & Horvitz, 2015; Woodworth et al., 2015). Although these comparisons can be an important metric when evaluating the overall performance of online courses, the results do not help to identify what specifically is not working in online learning. Ferdig, Cavanaugh, and Freidhoff (2015) challenged our field to move beyond simple comparisons of online or blended and face-to-face programs and to ask instead, “Under what conditions can K-12 online and blended learning work?” (p. 52). In fact, Rose, Smith, Johnson, and Glick (2015) asserted that with enough support any student can succeed in an online or blended environment. As a result, they argued that instead of asking “Will this student succeed?” we should ask “What do we need to have in place to ensure that this student will succeed?”

Citation

Borup, J., Hasler Waters, L. & Beck, D. (2016). Special Issue on Supporting Students in K-12 Online and Blended Learning Environments. Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(4), 327-331. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

January 27, 2017

New Issue: Journal of Online Learning Research – 2016 – Volume 2, Number 4

I saw this come through one of my networks…  Next week I’ll post notices for each article.

Journal of Online Learning Research

2016 Volume 2, Number 4

Table of Contents

Number of articles: 6

  1. Special Issue on Supporting Students in K-12 Online and Blended Learning Environments

    Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States; Lisa Hasler Waters, Flint Hill School, VA, United States; Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas, United States

    K-12 online learning has grown dramatically the last decade. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that this growth has occurred despite course completion rates and standardized test scores… More

    pp. 327-331

  2. Online Student Perceptions of the Need for a Proximate Community of Engagement at an Independent Study Program

    Darin R. Oviatt, Brigham Young Uiversity, United States; Charles R. Graham, Brigham Young University, United States; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States; Randall S. Davies, Brigham Young University, United States

    Research suggests that collaborative learning designs for online courses which require interaction with teachers and peers promotes engagement and learning. K-12 students seek supplemental online … More

    pp. 333-365

  3. The At-Risk Student’s Journey with Online Course Credit: Looking at Perceptions of Care

    Karis K. Barnett, The University of Central Oklahoma, United States

    To date, primary research studies have focused on examining the characteristics of successful online credit recovery programs and virtual high schools in the United States. Other research interests… More

    pp. 367-398

  4. Training for Online Teachers to Support Student Success: Themes from a Survey Administered to Teachers in Four Online Learning Programs

    Jacqueline Zweig & Erin Stafford, Education Development Center, Inc., United States

    In addition to teaching the subject matter, online teachers are tasked with supporting students’ understanding of the online environment as well as students’ progress, engagement, and interactions … More

    pp. 399-418

  5. Electronic Learning Communities as a Support for Building Relationships with Students in a Statewide Virtual High School

    Jayme Linton, Lenoir-Rhyne University, United States

    This qualitative case study used Wenger’s (1998) communities of practice (CoP) framework to analyze how the ongoing electronic learning community (eLC) process at an established state virtual high … More

    pp. 419-445

  6. Inquiring into Presence as Support for Student Learning in a Blended Learning Classroom

    Mark Stevens, George Mason University, United States; Mary Rice, University of Kansas, United States

    In blended learning models, students do part of their coursework online and part in small groups with teachers in classrooms. The presence (teaching, cognitive, social) that teachers need to assert… More

    pp. 447-473

January 16, 2017

SITE 2017 (Austin, TX) FINAL Call for Proposals

Note that today is the deadline.

January 16, 2017
Austin, Texas March 5 – 9, 2017
NEW:

Full Paper Submissions offered a peer-refereed publication opportunity in the

SITE 2017 is the 28th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Join with 1,300+ colleagues from over 60 countries in Austin,TX!
This Society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education & faculty/staff development.
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January 13, 2017

SITE 2017: Lake Travis Sunset Social Event

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Social Event:
Join your fellow SITE 2017 colleagues for roundtrip transportation
to an amazing sunset dinner, with drinks, dessert,
and dancing to the live music!
Known as “The Sunset Capital of Texas,” The Oasis at Lake Travis is a one-of-a-kind dinner and entertainment experience in Austin.
The restaurant is perched high on the cliffs along beautiful
Lake Travis and offers stunning sunsets and panorama views.

Registration Required!

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