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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!

Column Definitions

Column TitleDetails
AffiliationInstitution, building or school name.
AffiliationEmail​The preferred email address for the institution, building or school. 
AffiliationIndex​The unique identification number in the Student Learning Portal which is associated with the institution or school.
AssigBehind​The number of assignments the student is behind in completing according to the course pacing guide.
CatalogIndex​Not a feature at this time.
CertificateName​PDF file name associated with the certificate template used to generate the student certificate of completion.
Course​The name associated with the online class. (example: Algebra 1A)
CourseIndex​The unique identification number in the Student Learning Portal which is associated with the course name.
CreditsEarned​​The recognition for having taken and passing a course which is used to measure if enough hours have been made to meet graduation requirements.
CurWeek​Courses are divided into weeks to set pacing. The number displayed here is the current week the student is to complete to stay on track.
DepartmentIndex​Not a feature at this time.
EconomicDisadvantage​Economically or educationally disadvantaged persons are those persons placed at special risk by socioeconomic and educational background. Economically disadvantaged persons include those persons who struggle to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families or communities.
ELL​ELL (English Language Learner) are students who are unable to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English, who often come from non-English-speaking homes and backgrounds, and who typically require specialized or modified instruction in both the English language and in their academic courses.
EndDate​The course end date.
EnrollmentID​The system-generated number used to identify the student enrollment.
Enrollments​The number of sections a student is currently enrolled in.
ExitDate​The date that represents when a final grade was given to the student and access from the course was removed.
FinalGradeThe number displayed represents the amount of points earned for the course.
FirstName​The first name of the student.
FRL​Not a feature at this time.
Gifted​Children who give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership capacity, or specific academic fields, and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop such capabilities.
Grade​The points earned for the course.
GradeLevel​The identified student grade level.
Guardian1Email​The primary guardian's email address associated with the student account.
Guardian1FirstName​The primary guardian's first name associated with the student account.
Guardian2Email​The secondary guardian's email address associated with the student account.
IEP​An Individualized Education Program is a written document that's developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education.
LastName​The last name of a student.
LEP​Limited English proficiency (LEP) is a term that refers to a person who is not fluent in the English language, often because it is not their native language.
LMSID​The system-generated identification number associated with the Learning Management System (LMS) or platform used to access the course.
LMSTermIndex​Unique number assigned to a Term.
Pace​The designated pace that is being used for the particular section.  May not display information helpful to non-administrator users.
RaceStudent identified race/ethnicity.
Requests​Displays the number of courses a guardian has requested that the student be enrolled in.
School​School displays portal in which the enroller elected to purchase courses.
SchoolIndex​SchoolIndex represents the unique number associated to the school portal in which the enroller elected to purchase courses.
SectionThe section name for the course.
Section504​Students who possess a 504 plan that outlines the services to be provided.
SectionID​The system-generated identification number associated with a section name.
SectionIndex​The unique system-generated number associated with a section name.
Semester​School Year
SPED​Under current law, to receive special education services, a child must be identified as having a disability and, in most cases, must be further classified into one of that state’s categories. A student becomes eligible for special education and related services because of membership in a given category.
StartDate​The course start date is the day in which the student will be available to access the course and begin course activities.
Status​A students current state of activity within a specified course.
Student​Student name in the Last Name, First Name format.
StudentEmail​The unique email address belonging to the student.
StudentID​The system-generated identification number associated with a student profile in the Student Learning Portal.
StudentIndex​The unique system-generated identification number associated with a student's SLP profile.
TeachersAssigned instructor(s) in Last Name, First Name format. ​
TeachersEmail​The assigned Instructor email address(es) for the enrollment.
TeachersIndex​The unique system-generated identification number associated with a Teacher's SLP profile.
TeachersPhone​The assigned Instructor(s) contact number for the enrollment.
TotalAssignments​The total number of assignments for the course.
WeeksBehindCalculation determined on course pacing.
WeeksLeft​The remaining weeks in a course.
This table provides a description of all available columns when selecting the “Customize Columns” link within the Student Learning Portal.

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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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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