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Supporting Unaccompanied Youth

In 2011, we explored how homelessness shaped student and families’ K–12 schooling experiences in a medium-sized Midwestern city. We gathered longitudinal district data and conducted 132 semi-structured interviews with school employees, parents experiencing homelessness, and community providers. Our study led to myriad findings on the diversity of homelessness, educational resource access, and parental engagement. While […]
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Homelessness and Higher Education

The economic recession that began in 2008 magnified the issue of student and family residential instability in the United States. Homeless and highly mobile students face multiple personal and educational challenges that negatively impact their access to school. Scholars, policymakers, and advocates have worked to protect the educational rights of these students for decades. Given […]
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Getting ready for the EDEN Research workshop

I’m now in England, about to attend the EDEN Research Workshop on research into online learning that starts tomorrow (Sunday) in Oxford, with the event being hosted by the UK Open University, one of the main sources of systematic research in online learning. (EDEN is the European Distance and e-Learning Network) This is one of my favourite […]
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The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf

Just before I switched to my current advisor a little over halfway through my program, I received this from him in an email: The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she […]
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P.S. Clayton Kershaw and Sportsmanship/Academic Citizenship

Clayton Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in baseball, regardless of his performance in October. He, too, plays for “your Los Angeles Dodgers.” Since my previous blog was about sports and athleticism, let me add a few thoughts about the sort of role model Kershaw is and what it’s made me think about with […]
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Yasiel Puig, Tom Seaver, and Me: On the Changing Nature of Careers

Arguably the most exciting player to watch in major league baseball today is Yasiel Puig who plays for “your Los Angeles Dodgers.” He is not only a superb hitter with a remarkable ability, but he also plays all-out. He’s as likely to dive into second base to break up a double play as he is […]
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The strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part I

How many times has an author cried: ‘Oh, God, I wish I’d never started on this!’? Well, I wanted to have a short section on MOOCs within a chapter on design models for teaching and learning in my online textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ and it is probably poetic justice that the section on MOOCs […]
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What students learned from an MIT physics MOOC

Colvin, K. et al. (2014) Learning an Introductory Physics MOOC: All Cohorts Learn Equally, Including On-Campus Class, IRRODL, Vol. 15, No. 4 Why this paper? I don’t normally review individual journal articles, but I am making an exception in this case for several reasons: it is the only research publication I have seen that attempts to […]
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Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’

Zawacki-Richter, O. and Anderson, T. (eds.) (2014) Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda Athabasca AB: AU Press, pp. 508 It is somewhat daunting to review a book of over 500 pages of research on any topic. I doubt if few other than the editors are likely to read this book from cover to cover. It is more […]