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Distance Learning & Technology Research Agenda. Wallace Hannum Associate Director for Technology National Research Center on Rural Education Support. Rationale. Difficulty finding and retaining teachers Inability to offer comprehensive curriculum Pressure from NCLB

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Distance learning technology research agenda

Distance Learning & Technology Research Agenda

Wallace Hannum

Associate Director for Technology

National Research Center on Rural Education Support


Rationale

Rationale

  • Difficulty finding and retaining teachers

  • Inability to offer comprehensive curriculum

  • Pressure from NCLB

  • Distance learning & technology provides

    • Comprehensive curriculum

    • Courses not otherwise available

    • Equivalent or better learning gains

    • Professional development opportunities

    • Alternative to consolidation

  • Possibility to strengthen local schools & communities


Research to improve dl effectiveness

Research to Improve DL Effectiveness

Exploration

Intervention

Large-Scale Study

Survey of DE use

Lit Review

Survey of Student POV

Facilitator PrepProgramPilot Study

Experimental Study of FPP


Survey of dl use

Exploration

Survey of DL Use

  • Extent of DL use

  • Courses offered

  • Technologies used

  • Satisfaction

  • Needs

  • Barriers


Sample

Not Interviewed 5.5%

Interviewed 94.5%

Exploration

Sample

Random sample of rural school districts (10%)

  • 415 school districts

  • 394 participated


Key findings

Exploration

Key Findings

Content Areas

Technology

Barriers

DE Use

Math (40%)

Not needed (67%)

Online (59%)

68% Use DE

English (37%)

Funding (63%)

2-way video (55%)

70% Report need for more

Foreign language (34%)

Scheduling (57%)

Correspondence by email (43%)

DE not priority (53%)

92% Satisfied

History (24%)

Computer-basedtutorials (38%)

Lack trained instructional personnel (46%)

Science (23%)


Student pov survey

Exploration

Student POV Survey

  • All students in state-wide online learning program (n=355; rural n=222)

  • Asked about

    • Course taken; why; first online course; prep course

    • Where access; how much time; tech skills

    • How difficult; learned more/less than F2F

    • Communications with students; instructor

    • Role of facilitator

    • Barriers


Facilitator preparation program

Intervention

Facilitator Preparation Program

  • Who are facilitators?

  • What do they do?

  • How can they support student learning?

  • Why this matters.

    • Relationships matter

    • Constructing knowledge matters

    • Motivation matters

    • Place matters

    • Context matters


Pilot study

Intervention

Pilot Study

  • Testing our intervention

    • Facilitator Preparation Program

      • Online modules

      • Discussion forum

    • Learner-centered principles

  • Testing our measures

    • Learning outcomes

    • Motivation & persistence

    • Self-efficacy

    • Facilitator behavior


Experimental study

Large-Scale Study

Experimental Study

  • National sample rural school districts

  • Experimental study

    • Intervention and control groups

    • Random assignment

  • Enhanced Facilitator Preparation Program

  • Multi-method

  • Multiple measures


Summary of research program

Summary of Research Program

Studies

Effects of FacilitatorPreparation

Survey ofStudentPOV

Survey ofDE Use

Large-ScaleFPP Study


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