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

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!

Ongoing ResearchFunding Opportunities
Robert F Murphy, PhD
Director of Evaluation Research Center for Technology in Learning
SRI International
Dr. Erin Higgins
Associate Research Scientist3
National Center for Education Research
Institute of Education Sciences,
U.S. Department of Education
John Pane, PhD
Distinguished Chair in Education Innovation and Professor
Pardee RAND Graduate School
Senior Scientist
RAND Corporation
Dr. Hadley Moore
Senior Research Associate
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Alexandra Resch, PhD
Associate Director and Senior Researcher
Mathematical Policy Research
Britt Neuhaus
Program Officer
Innovative Schools
Overdeck Family Foundation, Two Sigma

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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