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Toward Research-Based Decisions: Positioning Your School to Work with Researchers

Teresa King (Florida Virtual School, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Institutional Leadership and Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Electronic Poster Session

Steps and tips to successfully working with external researchers to gather data and results you can use to improve your program.

Extended Abstract

From small start-ups to large state-wide initiatives, every school can benefit from the knowledge gained through empirical research. As we all strive to be true Learning Organizations, we seek the objective facts about our instructional program, its impact on teaching, and its outcomes for students. Additionally, as we embark on innovation like blended models, MOOCs, or flipped classrooms, how can we ensure that the quality of learning and learner experience stay high?

From doctoral students to multi-national R&D think tanks, from targeted surveys to advanced learner analytics, this presentation will share Florida Virtual School's (FLVS) experiences working with researchers of all stripes on research of all types. FLVS is the nation's oldest and largest online K-12 public school. We field dozens of research inquiries each month, and we've learned how best to work with researchers, as a result.

Institutional research questions and needs assessment; establishing partnerships; data collection methods and costs; data security, state law, and contracts; dedicated personnel, results publication: We will discuss all of these topics and more as a group. The presentation will be informal, interactive, narrative-based, and accessible to both practitioners and researchers. Participants will leave with concrete answers based on experience, best practices included on a hand-out, and a greater knowledge of the ways in which external researchers can be partners in the drive to continuous improvement.

Lead Presenter

Teresa King is the Instructional Programs Manager at Florida Virtual School, the nation's oldest and largest online public K-12 school. In her career in online education, Teresa has worked in both Instructional Quality Assurance and Instructional Management. Teresa holds an MEd and an EdS in Educational Leadership.