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Friday, October 12, 2007

Another Archived Virtual School Session

Speaking of the CIDER session archive earlier this week got me thinking about another session that are colleague of mine recently did that was archived. Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh, a professor at the University of Florida, recently presented an overview of virtual school research for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The actual title of the session was:

Learning from the Research on K-12 Online Learning

Like CIDER, the PA Dept. of Ed. also archives their sessions and you can find an archive of Dr. Cavanaugh's session here:

You can also access here PPT slides directly from:

Dr. Cavanaugh has probably published more about virtual schooling than any other scholar, so her session is well worth the time.

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Blogger Abigail said...

In your opinion, how do any of these best practices for K-12 online education differ from what would be considered best practices in higher online distance education?

2:52 PM  
Blogger MKB said...

I think that some of the best practices that have been researched in the higher education environment do translate into the K-12 environment, and in a more general sense all of the research into how adults learn online does have some correlation to how adolescents and children learn online.

Having said that, the fact of the matter is that the way in which children and many adolescents learn is very different than the orientation and approach to learning that adults take. This difference in the level of cognitive development and level of maturity in these kinds of learners does mean that not all of the lessons learned with adults will translate when it comes to the K-12 population.

9:43 AM  

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