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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Upcoming Virtual School CIDER Session

Okay, just one final reminder about my up-coming session of the Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER).

Lessons learned in researching virtual schools: The Newfoundland and Labrador experience

Facilitator: Dr. Michael Barbour
Institution: Wayne State University
Date and time: Oct 05, 2007 11:00 AM

In this session, Dr. Michael Barbour will focus upon the lessons learned from researching the development and delivery of virtual school opportunities to secondary school students in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method studies, he captures the experiences of students, teachers, course developers, and administrators in the formative years of a new virtual high school. Issues such as effective course design for this population of students, the benefits and challenges of online learning for secondary students, achievement differences based upon delivery model and geographic location, and what students are actually doing when engaged in virtual schooling are explored.

To join the session please click on the link below 30min prior to the start of the presentation (11:00am MST).


I hope that this session will be useful on a couple of fronts. The first is that you'll get to see how I got interested in virtual schools in the first place. The second is you'll get to see how I developed that interest from a beginning researcher to someone who I personally think asks better questions and is a better methodologist. The third is that I'll be discussing some of the findings from my various research studies with the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI - the virtual high school in Newfoundland).

Anyway, I'll post the link to the archive of the session some time next week, that way if you can't make the session you'll at least be able to see the recording. And thanks for indulging me as I do some self-promotion. :)

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