Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning

Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning

Nathaniel Ostashewski (Athabasca University, Canada), Jennifer Howell (Curtin University, Australia) and Martha Cleveland-Innes (Athabasca University, Canada)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 293
ISBN13: 9781522505075|ISBN10: 1522505075|EISBN13: 9781522505082|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0507-5


The integration of information and communication technologies in education is unavoidable, as an increasing percentage of educators embrace modern technology, others are faced with the decision to reevaluate their own pedagogical practices or become obsolete. To meet the needs of students, one must first define what stipulates a successful K-12 student, the best practices of online classrooms, the warning signs for low-performing students, and how to engage web-based students.

Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning addresses the models, support, cases, and delivery of K-12 online education. Seeking to further the conversation about the most effective ways to integrate ICT into the classroom, this publication presents theoretical frameworks to support educators and administrators. This book is an essential collection of research for teachers, administrators, students of education, IT professionals, developers, and policy makers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity in Blended Classrooms
  • Flipped Classrooms
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • International Students
  • Mobile Education
  • Online Student Teaching
  • Quality Assurance
  • Relationship of Inquiry
  • Student Teachers
  • Teacher Candidates

Reviews and Testimonials

Many of this book’s international contributors are classroom teachers and teacher educators; others are experts in youth cinema and film education, communication, and technology for learning. Most of the book’s 13 chapters include abstract, background, key terms, and definitions, along with case studies of scaffolded online inquiry in primary and secondary classrooms around the world. Some areas examined include online coaching for teacher training, and factors influencing international student success in a K-12 blended learning program. Global cases touch on areas including current trends in the K-12 Canadian blended and online classroom, using the Web for learning in Aboriginal schools in Australia, and authentic assessment at the Open High School Program in the Philippines. The book contains b&w diagrams, illustrations, summary tables, and screenshots.

– ProtoView Reviews

This collection of international academic research presents literature reviews and case studies on aspects of blended and online learning. The 13 chapters cover a range of topics, including teacher training programs, international student success, inquiry-based learning, online coaching, assessment in online learning environments, and one-to-one initiatives. For researchers studying the specific subjects included in this collection or for educators and policy makers looking to build their knowledge base of formal research in these areas, this book is a valuable find. [...].

– School Library Connection

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