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Quiroz, René E.; Ritter, Nicola L.; Li, Yun; Newton, Rhonda C.; Palkar, Trupti – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
The number of online courses, programs, and schools are growing exponentially in K-12 education. Given the unique nature of online courses and the distinct skills necessary to create a quality online course, it is essential that effective professional development be provided for teachers designing online courses. Online courses need to be of the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Quality, Instructional Design, Faculty Development
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Rasmussen, Clay L.; Byrd, David R. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a teacher professional development (PD) program as measured by the extent that participants have continued to use lessons and materials up to three years after the PD experience. The PD was delivered online and structured by five key characteristics of effective PD. A…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Online Courses, Program Effectiveness, Scores
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Riel, Jeremy; Lawless, Kimberly A.; Brown, Scott W. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
Curricular interventions that embed blended learning technologies and pedagogies should support teachers' everyday practice. However, teachers' perspectives of what is happening "in the trenches" are often not systematically considered when evaluating curriculum and PD goals. Responsive online teacher professional development (ROPD)…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Curriculum Implementation, Barriers, Middle School Teachers
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Stevens, Mark; Rice, Mary F. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
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 in blended environments has been the subject of much scholarly interest. The purpose of this paper is to share findings from a narrative inquiry that…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Borup, Jered; Stevens, Mark A. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
As K-12 online programs mature, it is increasingly important that they work to retain their effective teachers. However, there is little research that has examined teacher satisfaction in K-12 online learning environments. Our analysis of 22 interviews with 11 teachers at an online charter school identified three primary factors that influenced…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Online Courses, Teacher Attitudes
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Oliver, Kevin; Kellogg, Shaun – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
This paper summarizes evaluation findings about a high school credit recovery (CR) program as solicited by a statesponsored virtual school in the United States. Student and teacher surveys explained why CR students failed previous instances of face-to-face courses and defined how the online CR model helped these learners overcome both internal…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Repetition, Required Courses, High School Students
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Lueken, Martin; Ritter, Gary; Beck, Dennis – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
This paper evaluates an online charter school that serves children in grades K-8 in a southern state in the United States. We compare growth in math and literacy learning on state standardized assessments between students enrolled in this school and "matched twin" students enrolled in traditional public school students statewide each…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Charter Schools, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Wayer, Nicola; Crippen, Kent; Dawson, Kara – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
This study investigated the ways in which four K-12 teachers, following professional development in blended learning, designed the online portion of their blended learning courses and how these online components were ultimately enacted with students. Specifically, the study investigates what kind of content, resources, or activities were developed…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Online Courses, Course Organization, Secondary School Teachers
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Cavanaugh, Cathy; Sessums, Christopher; Drexler, Wendy – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
This essay is a call for rethinking our approach to research in digital learning. It plots a path founded in social trends and advances in education. A brief review of these trends and advances is followed by discussion of what flattened research might look like at scale. Scaling research in digital learning is crucial to advancing understanding…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Electronic Learning, Teaching Methods, Educational Trends
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Schafer-Mayse, Diane L. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
In this study, 7th grade students were observed completing a series of lessons in an online science course to explore their thinking and strategies for: (1) using curriculum resources for learning, (2) developing thinking and strategies for self-assessing "assessment readiness," and (3) exploring the relationship between resource use and…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Middle School Students, Online Courses, Mixed Methods Research
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Nigh, Jennifer; Pytash, Kristine E.; Ferdig, Richard E.; Merchant, William – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
The massive open online course (MOOC) is a relatively new concept in K-12 teaching and learning environments. Although significant work has been done with MOOCs since 2008, it has only been recently that MOOCs have been studied with K-12 populations. The purpose of this study was to further examine the motivation of K-12 students enrolled in a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Lowes, Susan; Lin, Peiyi – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
In this study, approximately 600 online high school students were asked to take Rotter's locus of control questionnaire and then reflect on the results, with the goal of helping them think about their ability to regulate their learning in this new environment. In addition, it was hoped that the results could provide a diagnostic for teachers who…
Descriptors: High School Students, Online Courses, Locus of Control, Questionnaires
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Gyabak, Khendum; Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Anne; Ray, Joanna – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
Teachers are typically abstracted from the design process and not referred to as instructional designers. However, they are constantly designing instruction or adapting instructional materials on a daily basis. Teachers provide a unique perspective as instructional designers: instructional design, content experts, and instruction delivery. Thus,…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Online Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Case Studies
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Freidhoff, Joseph R.; Borup, Jered; Stimson, Rebecca J.; DeBruler, Kristen – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
Emerging research suggests that on-site mentors can play an important role in supporting K-12 online learners, yet in practice there is wide variability in what mentoring looks like from program to program. Recently, states like Michigan have expanded online course access programs, accelerating the need for better on-ground support models for…
Descriptors: Mentors, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Public Schools
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Curtis, Heidi; Werth, Loredana – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
Although questions exist about the effectiveness of online education, it is a growing part of the pantheon of educational choices available to students in America today. Online education first gained popularity for advanced learners, but at-risk populations are increasingly enrolling in online learning environments. This study explored student…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Success, Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement
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