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Virtual Schooling and K-12 Online Learning: A Bridge Still Too Far?

Michael K Barbour (Sacred Heart University, USA)
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October 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
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Southern Hemisphere II
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45 Minutes
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K-12 online learning has grown exponentially. However, thus far practice has far out paced the availability of useful research.

Extended Abstract

Over the past two decades, the use of online learning at the K-12 level (in the form of virtual and cyber schooling) has expanded exponentially. However, to date the practice of K-12 online learning has far out paced the availability of useful research. This session will provide an overview of the current state of K-12 online learning in the United States, and then examine what we know about the practice of K-12 online learning through the lens of the limited reliable and valid research available to us.

Lead Presenter

Michael K. Barbour is the Director of Doctoral Studies for the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.