K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting at iNACOL 2016

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By Saro Mohammed

For the third year, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute is pleased to host a pre-conference workshop specifically focused on research at iNACOL’s annual symposium. This year, MVLRI is joining with The Learning Accelerator (TLA) to bring you a free, day-long session open to all attendees — not just researchers!

Title: K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: Full-Day 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT
Room: 301A Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

The workshop will be hosted and facilitated by Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, Director; Justin Bruno, Research Associate; Rebecca Stimson, Senior Writer, MVLRI; and Dr. Joseph R. Freidhoff, Vice President of Michigan Virtual.

We’ll kick off the day with a panel of experts, including Dr. Robert Murphy from SRI International, Dr. John Pane from RAND Corporation, and Dr. Alexandra Resch from Mathematica Policy Research. This panel is followed by three experts who will share information about funding opportunities, Dr. Erin Higgins from U.S. DOE, Dr. Hadley Moore from The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and Britt Neuhaus from Overdeck Family Foundation. Please bring your questions!

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The panels will be followed by two topic-based networking sessions where you will meet colleagues that share your interest in topics generated by you. This will provide you with time to share and discuss collaborative opportunities.

The afternoon will be devoted to TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning and how you can use it to further implementation and measurement of your blended and personalized learning initiatives.

A differentiated presentation by Dr. Saro Mohammed, Partner, TLA, walking you through the Measurement Agenda will be followed by three small group working sessions in which you will be seated with researchers, educators, administrators, funders and/or others to problem solve, share lessons learned and otherwise apply the objectives from the Measurement Agenda to your work. Be prepared to be — and to access — experts, resources, colleagues and sounding boards for other attendees!

Finally, we will end the day by sharing key insights and connections made, as well as potential next steps to keep the conversation and collaboration going. If you have any questions or ideas about research in K-12 online, blended, and personalized learning, this pre-conference workshop is just for you!


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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) is a non-biased organization that exists to expand Michigan’s ability to support new learning models, engage in active research to inform new policies in online and blended learning, and strengthen the state’s infrastructures for sharing best practices. MVLRI works with all online learning environments to develop the best practices for the industry as a whole.

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