Blended Learning Measurement Fellowship

The Learning Accelerator is pleased to pilot a one-year Fellowship with a diverse cohort of individuals who will be conducting research that advances our measurement agenda for blended learning. Through these fellowships, we will catalyze the measurement ecosystem (including future researchers, leaders and educators) to work together towards the mutual goal of all students receiving an outstanding education, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Timeline

June 16, 2017: Application open
June 29, 2017 | 12 noon - 1 pm Eastern/9 - 10 am Pacific: Informational/Q&A Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/5124234370, optional phone audio: 408.638.0968 (US Toll) or 646.558.8656 (US Toll), meeting ID: 512 423 4370. (Registration not required.)
August 31, 2017: Application deadline
September 15, 2017: All applicants informed of decisions
Fall 2017: Initial 1:1 & cohort virtual meetings/calls
Winter 2018: Ongoing cohort virtual meetings/calls
April 5 - 7, 2018: Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, Providence, RI

Our Vision for Blended Learning

The Learning Accelerator’s vision for blended learning is the strategic integration of in-person learning and technology to enable personalization, mastery-based progression and the use of real-time data. There is much still to be learned about if, how, and when blended learning is effectively implemented in K-12 settings. Implementing evidence-based practices requires multiple stakeholders to take coordinated action utilizing a breadth of knowledge and skills traditionally associated with very different roles and responsibilities.

Doing what’s best for students requires typical good research and measurement practice to be applied equitably in this sector. The goal of this work is to deeply understand what is and is not working, for whom, and under what conditions. We do not expect -- indeed, we would be suspicious of -- findings from these studies to be universally positive.

Our Measurement Agenda

Knowing and implementing evidence-based practices increases our ability to meet each student’s instructional needs. Our Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning outlines the skills, knowledge, and activities necessary for stakeholders to build our evidence base and advance our collective understanding and implementation of effective blended learning practices. As with our Personalized and Blended Learning Practices at Work, our District Guide to Measurement, and the accompanying Blended Learning Measurement Framework, the objectives contained in this agenda are primarily focused on the teaching and learning happening, and the application and implementation of evidence, at the classroom or school level.

Similarly, advancing measurement of blended learning includes increasing evidence-gathering access to funds, people, and classrooms; and the broad sharing of findings and their implications. If we expect to build a knowledge base that is relevant and applied to a diverse student body, we must build an ecosystem that is reflective of that student body and diverse along several dimensions including ethnicity, socioeconomic status, first or native language, identity, and others. TLA is committed to facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion through supporting individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and a demonstrated need for opportunities and support in doing this work. We aim to grow the next generation of measurement professionals by building a cadre of graduate students who are excited to begin this work, not necessarily those who are already expert.

Apply

To apply, please complete the form below by August 31, 2017. If you have any questions about applying for this Fellowship, please don't hesitate to contact Saro Mohammed via email: saro.mohammed@learningaccelerator.org.

Benefits

The Blended Learning Measurement Fellowship offers the following benefits to each of up to five (5) individuals:

  • $1,000 research start-up stipend
  • TLA resources, mentorship, expertise, and support (including participant recruitment) during the 2017 - 2018 school year to complete a blended learning research study
  • Virtual and face-to-face access to the Community of Practice formed by the cohort of 2017 Fellows (during the Fellowship and beyond)
  • Registration, travel, and attendance to the 2018 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference (BPLC18)
  • Connections to established researchers who are members of TLA's Measurement Alliance
  • TLA-supported dissemination and memorializing of research findings
  • $250 completion bonus

Eligibility

This Fellowship is offered to degree-seeking students enrolled in any graduate program in the United States, who are intending to or conducting research on blended learning that is expected to be completed during the Spring of 2018.

Fellows must commit to attending regular virtual meetings and conference calls during the fall of 2017, winter 2018, and spring 2018; as well as in-person attendance at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference 2018 in Rhode Island. In addition, Fellows must present their study findings at the BPLC18 Research Gala, and broadly disseminate these findings in a form that is open and freely accessible to the public.