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Research and Practice in Virtual Schooling: A Review of the Literature - Michael Barbour, Cathy Cavanaugh & Tom Clark

This session will provide the lessons that have been learned from this research, which teachers and administrators can use as they begin, grow, and expand these innovative K-12 school reform initiatives. While online learning programs have evolved and grown, the amount of research on virtual schooling is limited to practitioner reports and experimental and quasi-experimental studies. This paper reviews the online sources of literature and reports on a content analysis of documents. Themes include steady growth, a focus on the benefits and challenges, along with broad effectiveness.

Session slides: lit-review.ppt

UStream recording available here and here.

Links to cell phone polls we used in the presentation:

What would you like to know from the K-12 online learning literature?
Text CAST 20575 and your message to 41411
http://www.polleverywhere.com/ polls/MTk0NDcwMDE0Mg
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What are your recommendations for researchers?
Text CAST 20620 and your message to 41411
http://www.polleverywhere.com/ polls/MTQ3OTMzMzQ0

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Gaps in the research:
1. Effective online teaching practices
2. Success factors for online learning and remediation
3. Effective k-12 learning communities
4. Quality of student learning experiences in virtual school environments, especially those of lower performing students

Implications:
1. Partner with researchers and evaluators
2. Share results in written archive in quantitative or qualitative reports
3. Seek funding for sponsored research
4. Join with other schools in a study across multiple settings.

Dr. Barbour co-chairs NACOL research committee. Let the committee know of research needs you have.

Cathy Cavanaugh
cathycavanaugh@coe.ufl.edu

Michael Barbour
mkbarbour@gmail.com

Tom Clark
taconsulting@yahoo.com

I just completed a doctoral dissertation, Learning to Teach Online: A Study of High School Teachers’ Experiences, and would be happy to discuss the findings. I can be reached at cfaulkner-beitzel@comcast.net.