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Research clearinghouse adds New Zealand organization as contributor

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DEANZ, the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning whose mission is “fostering growth, development, research and good practice in distance education, open learning and flexible delivery systems for education,” is now a project contributor for the Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning.  The Research Clearinghouse is the largest initiative of its kind in the U.S. with more than 650 research-based studies and documents.

The Research Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, a division of Michigan Virtual, and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) to provide a repository of references to research articles and other publications from the field of K-12 online and blended learning. This project has been made possible by generous financial support from Next Generation Learning Challenges and in-kind support from iNACOL and the Michigan Virtual.

“The clearinghouse is attracting researchers and educational practitioners from around the globe who are examining lessons learned and published best practices in online and blended learning.  This new collaborative will help to strengthen our ability to identify trends and improve online programs based on results,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Michigan Virtual.

“DEANZ is delighted to sign as a Projected Contributor,” said Niki Davis, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL). “JOFDL regularly publishes articles that will become better known worldwide through the Clearinghouse, including a special issue on K-12 distance learning edited by Michael Barbour and Keryn Pratt.”

As a project contributor, DEANZ will regularly submit references to keep the Research Clearinghouse up-to-date with the latest in research in the field.

For more information about your organization becoming a Project Contributor, see the Project Contributor Guidelines [http://k12onlineresearch.org/templates/PDF/contributorguide.pdf] and/or contact Kathryn Kennedy, MVLRI, Senior Research, at [email protected].

About Michigan Virtual
Michigan Virtual® is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual®, Michigan LearnPort®, and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™.

About MVLRI
The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute draws upon recognized state and national leaders from K-12 schools, higher education and the private industry to provide research, evaluation and development expertise that support Michigan’s students, parents, schools, K-12 and postsecondary educators and state and local policymakers. Visit MVLRI for more information

About DEANZ
DEANZ is a New Zealand association committed to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in distance education, open learning and flexible delivery systems for education. Visit DEANZ for more information.

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About Michigan Virtual

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