Best Practices in Teaching K-12 Online: Lessons Learned from Michigan Virtual School Teachers

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Journal of Interactive Online Learning, Vol: 9, Issue: 3, Page: 10

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DiPietro, Meredith, Ferdig, Richard E, Black, Erik W., Presto, Megan
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online courses, virtual classrooms, Web-based instruction, distance education, teaching methods, instructional effectiveness, teacher attitudes, interviews, best practices, experienced teachers, teacher characteristics, teacher effectiveness, secondary school teachers, Education
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Virtual schools are rising in popularity and presence. Unfortunately, there is a relative dearth of research related to teaching and learning in virtual schools. Although there are numerous handbooks addressing teaching online, there is little research on successful online teaching in the K-12 arena. Much of the existing research focused on teaching online is rooted in face-to-face content, not focused on content areas, built upon a post-secondary audience, or fails to use data from the teachers themselves to triangulate findings. This article reports on a study of 16 virtual school teachers from the Michigan Virtual School (MVS). It reports on best-practices from the interviews conducted with MVS teachers; and also provides research triangulation for those practices. The paper concludes with implications for policy, research, and practice. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)

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