LEAD & MANAGE MY SCHOOL
Evaluating Online Learning: Challenges and Strategies for Success
July 2008

Notes

1 For further description and discussion of online resources, online courses, virtual schools, virtual classrooms, and virtual schooling, see Cathy Cavanaugh and Robert L. Blomeyer, eds., What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, -December 2007).

2 John Watson and Jennifier Ryan, Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: A Review of State-Level Policy and Practice (November 2007). Available online from the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) at http://www.nacol.org (last accessed June 27, 2008).

3 Liz Pape, Mickey Revenaugh, John Watson, and Matthew Wicks, "Measuring Outcomes in K-12 -Online Education Programs: The Need for CommonMetrics." Distance Learning 3, no. 3 (2006): 58.

4 Ibid, p. 58.

5 Cathy Cavanaugh, Kathy Jo Gillan, Jeff Kromrey, Melinda Hess, and Robert L. Blomeyer, The Effects of Distance Education on K-12 Student Outcomes: A Meta-analysis (Naperville, IL: North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 2004), p. 25. Available at http://www.ncrel.org/tech/distance/k12distance.pdf (last accessed June 30, 2008).

6 Available online at http://www.wisconsin eschool.net (last accessed Feb. 15, 2008).

7 Laura M. O'Dwyer, Rebecca Carey, and Glenn Kleiman, "A Study of the 39, no. 3 (2007): 289-306. Effectiveness of the Louisiana Algebra I Online Course," Journal of Research on Technology in Education

8 Laura M. O'Dwyer, Rebecca Carey, and Glenn Kleiman, "The Louisiana Algebra I Online Initiative as a Model for Teacher Professional Development: Examining Teacher Experiences," Journal of Asynchronous Technologies 11, no. 3 (September 2007).

9 Debra Friedman, Evaluation of the First Phase of the Washington Digital Learning Commons: Critical Reflections on the First Year (Seattle, WA: Digital Learning Commons, 2004). Available at http://www.learningcommons.org/about/files/YearOneEvaluation.pdf (last accessed Apr. 14, 2008).

10 Tom Clark and Elizabeth Oyer, Ensuring Learner Success in CPS/VHS Courses: 2004-05 Report and Recommendations (Chicago: TA Consulting & Evaluation Solutions, 2006).

11 For more information on FERPA, see http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

12 Michael Long and Helene Jennings, Maryland Public Television's Pathways to Freedom Electronic Field Trip: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study of Effectiveness (Calverton, MD: Macro International, 2005).

13 Laura M. O'Dwyer, Rebecca Carey, and Glenn Kleiman, "A Study of the Effectiveness of the Louisiana Algebra I Online Course," Journal of Research on Technology in Education 39, no. 3 (2007): 289-306.

14 Rosina Smith, Tom Clark, and Robert L. Blomeyer, A Synthesis of New Research on K-12 Online Learning (Naperville, IL: Learning Point Associates, November 2005). Available at http://www.ncrel.org/tech/-synthesis/synthesis.pdf (last accessed Mar. 5, 2008).

15 Cathy Cavanaugh, Kathy Jo Gillan, Jeff Kromrey, Melinda Hess, and Robert L. Blomeyer, The Effects of Distance Education on K-12 Student Outcomes: A Meta-analysis (Naperville, IL: North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 2004). Available at http://www.ncrel.org/tech/distance/k12distance.pdf (last accessed June 27, 2008).

16 Gerald Stahler, "Improving the Quality of Evaluations of Federal Human Services Demonstration Programs," Evaluation and Program Planning 18 (1995): 129-141.

17 Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is intended to provide financial assistance to local education agencies and schools with high numbers or percentages of economically dis-advantaged children to help ensure all children meet state academic standards.

18 Nikola Filby, "Approach to Methodological Rigor in the Innovation Guides," working paper, WestEd, San Francisco, 2006.

19 What Works Clearinghouse, "Evidence Standards for Reviewing Studies" (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 2006), p. 1. Available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/study_standards_final.pdf (last accessed Mar. 24, 2008).


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