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Education in Rural Australia Vol. 21, No. 1 (2011) pp. 1–19
The history of online learning at the K-12 level is almost as long as its history at the post-secondary level, with the first virtual school programs beginning in the early 1990s. While these opportunities were designed as a way to provide rural...
Education in Rural Australia Vol. 18, No. 2 (2008) pp. 63–74
Six years ago the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation began a virtual high school within the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Designed primarily to provide courses in specialized areas to students in rural areas, where schools ...
Journal of Educational Technology Systems Vol. 45, No. 1 (2016) pp. 74–92
While K-12 online learning in the United States has increased exponentially, the ability of teacher education programs to adequately prepare teachers to design, deliver, and support has been deficient. A small number of universities have begun to...
Academic Performance, Course Completion Rates, and Student Perception of the Quality and Frequency of Interaction in a Virtual High School
Distance Education Vol. 34, No. 1 (2013) pp. 64–83
This study examined the relationship between students' perceptions of teacher-student interaction and academic performance at an asynchronous, self-paced, statewide virtual high school. Academic performance was measured by grade awarded and course...
Computers & Education Vol. 52, No. 2 (February 2009) pp. 402–416
Virtual schooling was first employed in the mid-1990s and has become a common method of distance education used in K-12 jurisdictions. The most accepted definition of a virtual school is an entity approved by a state or governing body that offers...
Topics: Virtual Environments
Principles of Effective Web-Based Content for Secondary School Students: Teacher and Developer Perceptions
The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'ducation Distance Vol. 21, No. 3 (2007) pp. 93–114
In this article, I describe findings from a study of the perceptions of course developers and electronic teachers on the principles of effective asynchronous web-based content design for secondary school students. Through interviews, participants'...
The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'ducation Distance Vol. 25, No. 2 (2011)
This study explored the nature of teacher-student interaction from the perspective of eight virtual school teachers in an asynchronous, self-paced, statewide, supplemental virtual high school. Teacher interviews revealed the majority of interactions ...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 29, No. 4 (2012) pp. 339–354
While researchers are examining the role of playing games to learn, others are looking at using game design as an instructional tool. However, game-design software may require additional time to train both teachers and students. In this article, the ...
ERS Spectrum Vol. 27, No. 1 (2009) pp. 23–30
Seven years ago, the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) began a virtual high school within the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. CDLI was designed primarily to provide courses in specialized areas to students in rural...
American Journal of Distance Education Vol. 27, No. 1 (2013) pp. 16–28
The purpose of the research was to compare student performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams from 2009 to 2011 at Florida Virtual School and to explore student perceptions of their online course experience compared with the classroom-based AP...
American Journal of Distance Education Vol. 24, No. 1 (2010) pp. 5–20
Variation in policies virtual schools use to calculate course completion and retention rates impacts the comparability of these quality metrics. This study surveyed 159 U.S. virtual schools examining the variability in trial period and course...
Student Perceptions and Preferences for Tertiary Online Courses: Does Prior High School Distance Learning Make a Difference?
American Journal of Distance Education Vol. 26, No. 1 (2012) pp. 34–49
University students who had completed at least one distance education course were surveyed during their first and fourth year of postsecondary studies. When controlled for those who had previous distance education experience in high school, it was...
The Challenges of Integrating Mobile Technology in the Classroom Examining an iPad Professional Development Project
Journal on School Educational Technology Vol. 12, No. 3 (2017) pp. 22–33
The iPad is a tool that could change the way in which teachers prepare and deliver instruction in the K-12 environment. But, while proponents tout its capabilities, school administrators run the risk of purchasing yet another tool without...
European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Vol. 1 (2011)
While much of the growth in the popularity of virtual schooling has involved at-risk students, little research exists on the experiences of these students in this largely independent setting. This paper describes a case study of an at-risk student...
Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education Vol. 15, No. 1 (January 2014) pp. 114–127
Over the past decade, the number of K-12 students engaged in online learning has increased from between 40,000 and 50,000 to more than two million. Students have also gained increased access to mobile devices throughout recent years, and educators...
Journal of Educational Technology & Society Vol. 17, No. 4 pp. 379–389
Online charter schools are unique among K-12 online learning options for students. They are full-time, public schools that combine online learning with traditional and home schooling practices. They are often chartered by a state agency, supported...
International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning Vol. 8, No. 4 (2004)
The electronic conference, Bits and Bytes: An Online Symposium on the Evolution of Technology in Education, was a joint initiative of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Centre for Advanced Placement Education at...
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Vol. 59 (Feb 11, 2007) pp. 1–21
Over the past two decades, distance education has become a reality of rural schooling in Newfoundland and Labrador. In this article, I provide historical background into the challenges facing rural schools in the province and how distance education...
Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education Vol. 13, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 226–241
K-12 online learning is growing in Canada and elsewhere in the world. However, the vast majority of literature is focused on practitioners and not on systematic inquiry. Even the limited published research has largely excluded the perspectives of...
The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 13, No. 2 (Apr 02, 2012) pp. 123–144
Virtual schooling is a recent phenomenon in K-12 online learning. As such, the roles of the online teachers are emerging and differ from those of the traditional classroom teacher. Using qualitative interviews of eight virtual high school teachers,...
A Newcomer’s Lens: A Look at K-12 Online and Blended Learning in the Journal of Online Learning Research
Journal of Online Learning Research Vol. 5, No. 2 (September 2019) pp. 123–144
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...
Quarterly Review of Distance Education Vol. 9, No. 4 (2008) pp. 357–371
This article presents the results of a survey study of secondary students' perceptions of useful and challenging characteristics of Web-based learning environments. Data were collected using a modified version of a questionnaire from earlier studies....
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 18, No. 4 (December 2018) pp. 648–669
Blended learning has grown rapidly in K-12 schools and is commonly seen as a potential vehicle to make learning more student centered by providing students with some level of control over their learning pace and path. As a result, blended learning...
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks Vol. 19, No. 5 (2015) pp. 54–68
Due to the challenges facing rural schools, many jurisdictions have resorted to the use of virtual school programs to provide curricular opportunities to their students. While the number of virtual schools that rely on synchronous instruction as a...
Building a Better Mousetrap: How Design-Based Research Was Used to Improve Homemade PowerPoint Games
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 60, No. 5 (2016) pp. 419–424
This paper is a review of a three-cycle, design-based research study that explored the relationship between the pedagogical research and the actual implementation of a game design project using Microsoft PowerPoint. Much of the initial literature on ...