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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Spotlight on Elizabeth Murphy

In my second to last entry I referenced the work of Dr. Elizabeth Murphy of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the fact that she has done a lot of work with virtual schooling. As I mentioned her in regard to the lack of consistency in the language that we use in describing virtual schools and virtual schooling (noting that she tends to use the more restrictive Barker, Wendel and Richmond (1999) definition).

As this may come across as complaining, I wanted to take an entry to highlight the work that Dr. Murphy has done in our field (also because where she is at a Canadian university and not involved in the NACOL community I think that her work has gone largely unnoticed). In that regard, I wanted to focus on some recent publications that she is responsible for in our field:
I should also note that she has three pieces that we should be on the look-out for in the coming months.
I should also recognize at least one Master's thesis that I know of that is available on the Internet that Dr. Murphy led:
Nippard, E. C. (2005). Social presence in the web-based synchronous secondary classroom. Unpublished Thesis. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL.
Finally, she is involved with three funded research projects that are all either focused on or have elements of K-12 online learning included in them.
So, let's keep an eye out for more things to come from Dr. Murphy and her students.


Barker, K., Wendel, T., & Richmond, M. (1999). Linking the literature: School effectiveness and virtual schools. Vancouver, BC: FuturEd. Retrieved July 31, 2005 from http://www.canlearn.ca/planning/pro/support/pdf/ComparingVirtualConventional.pdf

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