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Research in Blended Learning: Where are we now? and What are the future challenges and needs?

Marc Parry (The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA) - Panel Moderator
Charles R. Graham (Brigham Young University, USA)
Heather Staker (Clayton Christensen Institute, USA)
Anders Norberg (Skellefteå Council/Umeå University, SE)
George Mehaffy (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2013 - 8:00am
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Plenary Session
Regency Ballroom
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Virtual Session
K-12 Session

The blended learning experts on this panel will introduce an upcoming book, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives Volume 2, and discuss the current state of blended learning research and practice as well as the needs and challenges for future research.

Extended Abstract
This panel brings together 4 individual authors from a soon-to-be-published book on research in blended learning environments, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives Volume 2.  These four panelists will represent the authors of twenty one chapters covering a wide range of the most current research in blended learning. Charles Graham will represent the other volume editors (Tony Picciano and Chuck Dziuban) on the panel with a perspective on blended learning models and theory development for blended learning research.  Charles co-edited the Handbook of Blended Learning and has authored dozens of research articles on blended learning. Heather Staker from the Innosight Institute will represent the K-12 blended learning research perspective. The Innosight institute has recently published a series of whitepapers characterizing the blended learning landscape in the K-12 sector.   Anders Norberg from Sweden, will represent a perspective on international blended learning with a particular focus on the European Union. In his role as a senior officer in a U.S. higher education association, George Mehaffy will present an administrative perspective on the challenges confronting American higher education and how blended learning solutions and research can help colleges and universities in the 21st century.
Lead Presenter
Marc Parry - Panel Moderator

Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education - Panel Moderator

Marc Parry is a staff reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education. He splits his time between covering technology and writing about research in the humanities and social sciences. His stories have explored the rise of online learning, a philosopher’s campaign against “Neurotrash,” a Facebook privacy meltdown at Harvard, Big Data approaches to studying literature, copyright policies that hobble teaching and research, and the tribal psychology of politics. He also writes for The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog.

Parry joined The Chronicle in 2009. Before that, he covered higher education and religion for The Albany Times Union in Upstate New York (2005-9) and worked as a reporter at The Cape Cod Times (2003-5). His articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, National Catholic Reporter, The San Jose Mercury News, The Boulder Daily Camera, and The Toronto Star.
Charles GrahamCharles R. Graham is a Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University with interest in technology-mediated teaching and learning. Charles studies the design and evaluation of blended learning environments and the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Charles has authored articles in over two dozen journals. He has also published work related to online and blended learning environments in edited books including Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, and the AECT Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology. Charles also co-edited the Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs which contains thirty-nine chapters with examples of blended learning in higher education, corporate, and military contexts from around the world. He is currently co-editing a volume titled, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives Volume 2, with twenty-one chapters on current research practices in blended learning. His research publications can be found online at:
Heather Staker

Heather Staker (Innosight Institute, USA)
Senior Research Fellow, Education
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Heather is one of the world’s foremost experts on K-12 blended learning. Named by Scholastic as one of the Five People to Watch in Education in 2012, her pivotal work at the Institute includes “The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” and “Classifying K-12 blended learning.” Other recent research topics include competency-based learning, digital learning policy, and high-speed broadband connectivity. Heather appears regularly throughout the country as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, legislative expert, and conference panelist.

Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Heather served under Governor Pete Wilson’s administration as a member of the California State Board of Education. She was a teaching fellow at Harvard College and a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. She is the mother of five pre-K and elementary school students.

Anders NorbergAnders Norberg (Skellefteå Council/Umeå University SE)
Anders Norberg is a former philosophy teacher and education planner, working since 1995 as an education strategist for a local community with with the development of a young multi-institutional campus, Campus Skellefteå, together with the regional universities Umeå university and Luleå university of technology, and in periods for them. He has also vast experience from EU-funded development projects about educational change. Now he is also a PhD student at Umeå University in Applied Educational Science, working with "Blended learning and Educational Logistics", looking on the normalization of IT-enabled education in space and time contexts, in the research group "Digital Didactics", led by professor Isa Jahnke.
George Mehaffy

George Mehaffy (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, USA)
George L. Mehaffy
has served for 13 years as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, D.C., a higher education association representing 400 public colleges and universities and their 3.8 million students. His division is responsible for developing and managing programs for member institutions in areas such as organizational change, civic engagement, leadership development, undergraduate education, technology, international education and teacher education. He works closely with university presidents and chief academic officers on a variety of national initiatives. Each year, his division organizes a number of conferences, including two national conferences each year for AASCU chief academic officers. He has directed a series of innovative projects, including international programs with China and Liberia; a technology transformation annual conference with EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida; and two major national studies of student success. In 2003, he launched the American Democracy Project, a civic engagement initiative involving 240 colleges and universities, in partnership with The New York Times. Most recently, he organized the Red Balloon Project, a national initiative to transform undergraduate education. Before coming to AASCU, he had more than twenty years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education in Texas, New Mexico, and California.


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