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Virtual School MOOC - Introduction to K-12 Online Learning Research (10 September-07 October 2012)


Welcome to Virtual School 2012 MOOC. This massive online open course (MOOC) provides a broad overview of the field of K-12 online learning, specifically what is currently known based on the research that has been conducted in the field. This is my first attempt at leading a MOOC and I have relied heavily upon the format used by David Wiley in his Introduction to Openness in Education (and I have noted specific instances at the bottom of each of the pages). Having said that, I like to lead a longer, more developed MOOC during Summer 2013 (possibly with the opportunity for university credit). The main goal of this course is to give you a broad grounding in the research related to the field of K-12 online learning. Never fear, however – as you review the badges available for this course you’ll see that you have plenty of opportunity to dive deeper in the specific areas that interest you.
If you’ve never taken a MOOC before, you’ll want to start by reading a bit about How It Works. Even if you've taken a MOOC before, review the How It Works to see the blog tag and Twitter hashtag (along with some other tips for navigating this MOOC). I’m looking forward to learning together with you. See you online!

Week 1

Classifying K-12 Online Learning (10-13 September 2012)
  • Michael Barbour, Wayne State University

History of K-12 Online Learning (14-16 September 2012)
  • Tom Clark, TA Consulting

Week 2

Research into K-12 Online Learning (17-20 September 2012)
  • Rick Ferdig, Kent State University

Research into the Design of K-12 Online Learning (21-23 September 2012)
  • Michael Barbour, Wayne State University

Week 3

Research into the Teaching of K-12 Online Learning (24-27 September 2012)
  • Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University

Research into the Facilitation of K-12 Online Learning (28-30 September 2012)
  • Matt Irvin, University of South Carolina

Week 4

International Research into K-12 Online Learning (01-04 October 2012)
  • Paul Bacsich, Sero Consulting Ltd/Virtual School and College Education for Teenagers and Young Adults

Concluding the Introduction to K-12 Online Learning Research MOOC (05-07 October 2012)
  • Michael Barbour, Wayne State University

To participate in this MOOC, please sign up on the List of Participants page.


Notice of Research Being Conducted on this MOOC


Thanks to Darren Cannell for the Virtual School MOOC 2012 logo and all of the badge designs.