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Borup, Jered; Stevens, Mark A. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
Despite high growth rates, cyber charter schools experience higher attrition rates than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Students' reasons for failing an online course are complex and students may require a high level of teacher support to be successful online. Research examining effective teacher engagement has relied heavily on teacher…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, High Schools, Parent Attitudes, Interviews
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Oviatt, Darin R.; Graham, Charles R.; Borup, Jered; Davies, Randall S. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
Research suggests that collaborative learning designs, which require interaction with teachers and peers, can promote engagement and learning for online courses. Many K-12 students seek supplemental online courses to meet graduation requirements and desire flexibility, which often conflicts with required interactions. This paper asserts that…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Student Attitudes, Independent Study, Communities of Practice
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Borup, Jered; Stevens, Mark A. – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2016
As K-12 online programs mature, it is increasingly important that they work to retain their effective teachers. However, there is little research that has examined teacher satisfaction in K-12 online learning environments. Our analysis of 22 interviews with 11 teachers at an online charter school identified three primary factors that influenced…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Online Courses, Teacher Attitudes
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Freidhoff, Joseph R.; Borup, Jered; Stimson, Rebecca J.; DeBruler, Kristen – Journal of Online Learning Research, 2015
Emerging research suggests that on-site mentors can play an important role in supporting K-12 online learners, yet in practice there is wide variability in what mentoring looks like from program to program. Recently, states like Michigan have expanded online course access programs, accelerating the need for better on-ground support models for…
Descriptors: Mentors, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Public Schools