Data analytics and quality assurance in K-12 online learning programs

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

This panel made up of researchers and practitioners in the field of K-12 online learning will share their work in using data analytics to understand learner needs and develop necessary supports to help learners succeed.

Presenters

Kathryn Kennedy, Ph. D., is the Director of MVU’s Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI). Dr. Kennedy has extensive experience with online and blended learning in higher education and K-12 as a former assistant professor at Georgia Southern University and as the Director of Research for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). She coordinates and oversees projects at MVLRI, networks and onboards MVLRI Fellows, and conducts qualitative research. She is involved in national and international efforts in quality assurance for K-12 online and blended learning, including holding leadership roles in the development of new and the enhancement of existing ISTE and iNACOL standards. She has published in various venues her work, which primarily focuses broadly on education professionals and their preparation for next generation learning models, including but not limited to online and blended learning environments.
President at Clark Consulting (formerly TA Consulting) Web: http://tomclarkconsulting.net Email tom@tomclarkconsulting.net My consulting firm, Clark Consulting, seeks to impact digital learning though its research, evaluation and planning services and visionary publications. Clark Consulting's goal is to help learning organizations improve, demonstrate their value, and expand the learning opportunities they offer. Services include: needs assessment; developmental, formative, and summative evaluation; performance and evaluation reporting; policy analysis, case study, and white paper development; and program planning consultation.
Dr. Susan Lowes is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor in the Program in Computers, Communication, Technology, and Education at Teachers College, where she teaches courses on online schools and online schooling and on research methodologies for studying technology and education. She has conducted research at both the university and K-12 levels, with a focus on the impact of technology on teaching and learning, and directed multi-year projects funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the National Science Foundation, state and local departments of education, and private foundations. She has studied both self-paced and cohort-paced online courses for high school students as well as online professional development initiatives for teachers, medical doctors, and school administrators. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Extended Abstract

This panel made up of researchers and practitioners in the field of K-12 online learning will share their work in using data analytics to understand learner needs and develop necessary supports to help learners succeed. Tom Clark and Michael Barbour will discuss their research in quality assurance measures and evaluation techniques for K-12 online learning programs; Susan Lowes and Peiyi Lin will share their work using LMS data to explore student pathways through online Algebra courses; Christine Voelker will share her work in quality standards for online course design to support students needs and also optimized use of data analytics; and Joe Freidhoff and Kathryn Kennedy will discuss policy and research around data analytics and where the field needs more exploration to help better serve practitioners.