This mixed-methods study investigates factors associated with beginning community college STEM students’ decisions to transfer in STEM fields, and how students describe these factors as either supports or barriers that undergird their decisions to stay or leave the STEM transfer pathway.
Drawing from interviews with 22 administrators, faculty members, and instructional designers, this study presents a qualitative analysis of how leading universities reconcile financial and quality considerations when offering online education. Findings reveal emergent themes related to the importance of quality as an actionable goal, the causes and consequences of the business model of online education, the impact of online education on the changing faculty role, and the importance of student-centered learning when offering online education.
This study explores the changes in applied STEM CTE participation over time as related to the authorization of Perkins IV CTE legislation. Implications are discussed.
This study analyzes the implementation of a blended learning middle school mathematics intervention in a large urban school district in the northeastern United States. The study examines how teachers integrate blended learning strategies into their pedagogical practices and what factors, including school, teacher, and student attributes, facilitate or hinder these approaches.
In this multilevel exploratory case study, we examined the intersection of adolescent social media use and administrators’ and teachers’ work in one Florida high school. We found that students and adults engaged in active and intentional community building and informal learning across social media sites, however, these activities were separate from the formal activities in schools.
As social media impact our lives in myriad ways, research on education and social media continues to grow, prompting the need to reflect on where the field should go from here to conduct the most impactful scholarship. Accordingly, this article proposes research directions and approaches that promise to advance this expanding field, grounded in insights from the long history of studying technology in education, including over a decade of research on social media.
In this chapter, the authors present a conceptual model for the enactment of virtual instructional resources.
This article presents a roadmap on how to incorporate online social media data in education research from data mining and machine learning perspectives.
In this chapter, the authors argue that educators should teach “against” the problematic aspects of social media platforms, namely, components designed by companies to increase profits. They detail five aspects of this phenomenon, with each section outlining the problem and offering education suggestions.
This chapter summarizes the activities and outcomes of the 2018 #Cloud2Class conference on social media in education. Reflections on the organization, execution, and future effects of the event are included.
This chapter proposes a conceptual framework for unpacking the motivational factors that lead teachers to engage with social media for professional learning.
This study compares how professional fact checkers, historians, and first year college students evaluated online information and presents the strategies fact checkers used to efficiently and effectively find trustworthy information.
We investigate and identify disparate access to quality educational experiences in online credit-recovery labs, which mirror those documented by others in traditional instructional settings based on class-based expectations. Based on our analysis, we propose strategies to support more equitable learning in online courses including providing explicit expectations and proactive assistance to students, using real-time data by teachers, accommodating lower student-teacher ratios, and assigning to online labs teachers certified in the course subjects in which students enroll.
This article presents seven in-person “teacher roles” that low-income youth and their teachers deemed necessary for supporting students as they used computer-based materials; we describe three roles that participants said assisted students in achieving basic equity and four roles that participants called particularly necessary for deep equity. Our goal is to offer an empirically informed conceptual framework supporting next research on (and innovation of) equity-minded “blended” classroom practice.
This study examines student enrollment patterns within cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, a state where elected policymakers tend to view choice as a means for school improvement.
This study explored how a yearlong professional development model guided by the Technology Integration Planning Cycle supported teachers’ technology integration efforts. Teachers’ progress as well as student performance are discussed.
This article focuses on how a new urban public high school created a media production lab to put making practices at the center of teaching and learning.
This study investigates the extent to which there is a typology of teachers who use technology, using a nationally generalizable dataset from the National Center of Education Statistics.
This article details an experiment in which a broad and diverse range of information about schools was assembled and presented to stakeholders in a small urban district. Using a modified deliberative polling experience, authors assess how participants responded to a new, more comprehensive set of school performance information. They found that when users of the new data system evaluated unfamiliar schools, they expressed not only more confidence in their own knowledge, but also in the quality of the schools.
This study examines whether the benefits of computer access observed in the general U.S. population were also applicable to children from immigrant families in the early 2000s.
This article reports on a large-scale qualitative study that analyzed data from more than 4,400 learners who participated in one or more of 10 highly rated MOOCs. The author discusses six key factors that can engage online students and nine reasons for student disaffection.
Monster High, a popular transmedia doll franchise for girls, is analyzed as a virtual dollhouse that converges toys, digital media, popular media, and social media in ways that circulate naturalized and normalizing expectations for girls. However, analysis of the digital dress-up and online doll play that children produce and share on social media shows that players also make use of this convergence to remake imaginaries for their own purposes in ways that both reproduce and rupture these expectations.
This article reports on a study of the role and nature of play in young children’s use of toys that connect physical and digital domains.
This introductory article provides an overview of the special issue and addresses digital practices and cultures. Combining conceptualizations by Huizinga and Appadurai, authors suggest that playscapes help to support expanded examinations and discussions of entangled meaning making across space and time.
Through an instrumental case study of a child’s activity in the videogame Madden, Squire and Steinkuehler scrutinize contemporary notions of “screen time” for children and its import and potential risks. The resulting analysis challenges the dosage model of media use assumed in parental discourse in America today.
This article defines and illustrates features of belongingness visible in videogame spaces, highlighting how doing–being–valuing combinations help to contextualize participation. Underscoring the dynamics of hierarchical participation in interest-driven practices, this article has implications for understanding how youth (re)configure their social practices to seek inclusion by using and honing specialist language and behavior.
This article argues that today’s gold standard for identifying what works, the randomized controlled trial, poorly serves each and any individual learner. Elements of this argument provide grounds for proposed remedies in cases where software can log extensive data about the operations that each learner applies to learning and about each bit of information to which a learner applies those operations.
This article reviews recent advances in research by members of the Learning Environments Across Disciplines partnership on the design of adaptive technology-rich learning environments as cognitive, metacognitive, and affective tools. In particular, we examine the use of convergent methodologies and how the design guidelines of the learning environments are grounded in instructional theories and empirical evidence.
This paper attempts to integrate the ideas of adaptive navigation support and open student modeling, two prominent technologies in the field of personalized learning with social visualization.
Pedagogical agents are computerized talking heads or avatars that help students learn by performing actions and holding conversations with the students in natural language. This paper explores several designs of trialogues (two agents interacting with a human student) that have been productively implemented for particular students, subject matters, and depths of learning.