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Journal of Online Learning Research

February 2015 Volume 1, Number 1

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 6

  1. Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Online Learning

    Kathryn Kennedy, Michigan Virtual University, United States; Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University, United States

    As Gutierrez and Penuel (2014) pointed out in a recent issue of AERA’s Educational Researcher, to be relevant and rigorous, a component of effective research needs to be its direct and meaningful... More

    pp. 5-7

  2. A Call to Action for Research in Digital Learning: Learning without Limits of Time, Place, Path, Pace…or Evidence

    Cathy Cavanaugh, Worldwide Education, Microsoft, United States; Christopher Sessums, Johns Hopkins University, United States; Wendy Drexler, International Society for Technology in Education, United States

    This essay is a call for rethinking our approach to research in digital learning. It plots a path founded in social trends and advances in education. A brief review of these trends and advances is ... More

    pp. 9-15

  3. Learning to Learn Online: Using Locus of Control to Help Students Become Successful Online Learners

    Susan Lowes & Peiyi Lin, Teachers College/Columbia University, United States

    In this study, approximately 600 online high school students were asked to take Rotter’s locus of control questionnaire and then reflect on the results, with the goal of helping them think about... More

    pp. 17-48

  4. Pioneering the digital age of instruction: Learning from and about K-12 online teachers

    Leanna Archambault & Jean Larson, Arizona State University, United States

    The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) to examine the needs of K-12 online teachers, including the dominant factors and career paths that influenced their decision to teach online; (2) to... More

    pp. 49-83

  5. Investigating the Potential of MOOCs in K-12 Teaching and Learning Environments

    Jennifer Nigh, Kristine E. Pytash, Richard E. Ferdig & William Merchant, Kent State University, United States

    The massive open online course (MOOC) is a relatively new concept in K-12 teaching and learning environments. Although significant work has been done with MOOCs since 2008, it has only been... More

    pp. 85-106

  6. Documenting and Sharing the Work of Successful On-site Mentors

    Joseph Freidhoff, Michigan Virtual University, United States; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States; Rebecca Stimson & Kristen DeBruler, Michigan Virtual University, United States

    Emerging research suggests that on-site mentors can play an important role in supporting K-12 online learners, yet in practice there is wide variability in what mentoring looks like from program to... More

    pp. 107-128