iNACOL Research In Review Webinar: Blended and Online Learning Clearinghouse


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iNACOL Research In Review Webinar: Blended and Online Learning Clearinghouse

  1. 1. Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended & Online Learning Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute: Joe Freidhoff, Director Kristen DeBruler, Researcher Justin Bruno, Research Associate October 2013
  2. 2. Overview 1.) Background and evolution of Clearinghouse project 2.) Current use and functionalities 3.) Ideas for future
  3. 3. About MVLRI • Established in 2012 under operation of Michigan Virtual University • Charged with producing original research and reports to inform K-12 knowledge and policy regarding online and blended learning
  4. 4. Clearinghouse Initiative • Result of rewriting of Michigan Public Act 60, known as the State School Aid Act – Legislation requires its provision to house research reports, academic studies, evaluations, and other information related to online learning
  5. 5. iNACOL & NGLC Partnerships • iNACOL’s K-12 online research database supported by Next Generation Learning Challenges had considerable overlap • Avoid duplication – collaborate to manage and offer the site housing resources
  6. 6. Clearinghouse Evolution • Early contributor – UF’s Virtual School Clearinghouse – Focus on virtual schooling and VS evaluation – Directed by Dr. Rick Ferdig, sponsored by AT&T Foundation – Shared hundreds of references for this project • Many references identified by MVLRI and iNACOL staff
  7. 7. Clearinghouse Evolution, Cont. • Current contributor – Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities • Now houses 493 references to impactful research in the field of online and blended learning •
  8. 8. Using the Clearinghouse • Recommended browsers: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox • Search functionality includes a number of search criteria (title, author, keywords, etc.) across 4 separate fields – Using an asterisk “*” after your search term is strongly recommended. Acts as wildcard and returns more results
  9. 9. Topic Keywords Hyperlinked on the home page to create easy, one-click searches by keyword
  10. 10. Date Added Keywords • One of the most useful search functions is the “Date Added” keyword search – Allows you to see the most recently added references to keep abreast of research in the field
  11. 11. Project Contributor Keyword This keyword search organizes records by the project contributor
  12. 12. Search Results Options From the results screen after your search, users can click the “Details” link to get more detailed information on the record
  13. 13. Navigating Search Results Users can click the <Record or Record> to navigate forward or backward through search results
  14. 14. Creating a Bibliography To create a bibliography, place a check next to your selected records from the results, and click the “Bibliography” button from the top of the page
  15. 15. Creating a Bibliography, Cont. Users then have the option of saving or printing the bibliography, in APA 6th edition citation style
  16. 16. Exporting Records Users can export selected records in either RIS or XML format for the purposes of adding to their own reference library. Simply check the box next to your selected records, choose your file type from the drop down menu, and click “Export”
  17. 17. Getting Started Guide For further assistance, please refer to our “Getting Started” guide at: started.pdf
  18. 18. Clearinghouse Future • MVLRI and iNACOL seek project contributors – Contributors: organizations wishing to provide research references and promote the Clearinghouse to their audiences – MOU outlining contribution and promotion expectations • Project contributor guidelines are located at torguide.pdf
  19. 19. Clearinghouse Future, Cont. • Vision: crowd-sourced, community driven by involvement from the field – Maintaining balance of growth while ensuring quality references • Sustainability: value-add opportunities? – Linking to paywalled articles from contributors
  20. 20. Ideas for the Future • Keyword tagging – Selecting a featured keyword for each month – Interested individuals could survey a certain set of resources for one specific keyword – Identify resources already in your EndNote library housed in the Clearinghouse, submit your own keywords
  21. 21. Ideas for the Future • Seeking individuals to help tag resources with appropriate keywords – Many references currently housed are not exhaustively tagged • Interested individuals can contact Kathryn Kennedy at
  22. 22. Questions? Ideas? Please use the chat box to submit any questions for the presenters, thoughts, ideas, etc.