Bill Muirhead

Bill Muirhead
Ontario Tech University | UOIT · Faculty of Education

B.Ed, M.Ed, PhD

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A growing body of research has revealed that the use of digital technology, including digital media, for writing instruction positively impacts English language learners' (ELLs') overall learning and engagement; however, little is known about how this instruction impacts their writing skills. This scoping literature review comprises empirical evide...
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Thriving online: A guide for busy educators focuses on helping educators (secondary school and higher education level) succeed and thrive in blended and online learning settings. Grounded in evidence-based practices and principles, we share diverse and extensive insights on starting out, differentiated learning, learning activities, feedback and as...
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In March 2019, the Ontario government announced that commencing in 2023-24, secondary school students (Grades 9-12) would be required to gain four of 30 graduation credits through online courses. At the time of the policy pronouncement, these four credits (or courses) would become the first mandatory online courses in Canadian K-12 education. The p...
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The benefits of postsecondary education (PSE) are well documented and yet historic challenges have contributed to significant underrepresentation of students with disabilities. This paper presents the results of a survey study that explored students with disabilities’ experiences of transfer between PSE institutions in Canada. Data was collected us...
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This chapter examines digital privacy and key terminology associated with the protection of online personal information across two countries and through an education lens. The authors raise awareness of the identified risks for students as their online presence grows. The authors highlight some of the potential consequences of a lack of awareness o...
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While people claim that they want to control access to their personal information, the ease and convenience of online applications put their personal data at risk with a keystroke. The sale of personal information and subsequent behavioral tracking happens in invisible ways not fully understood by most end users. Younger online participants, such a...
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Traditional universities are currently faced with physical space shortages and the pressing need to increase flexibility and improve work-life balance for both faculty and students. Telecommuting offers virtual communications between faculty and students while optimizing on-campus space utilization. In 2010, a qualitative study was carried out at t...
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The implementation of both blended learning and web-based programs is becoming more prevalent within higher education in Canada. Thus, there is increasing reliance upon e-learning tools to support student learning in a variety of teaching environments. Typically, budgetary and programmatic decisions regarding the investment of e-learning resources...
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To date, limited research has been done examining and evaluating the instructional wrap for using learning objects effectively. The current study examined instructional strategies used by 15 teachers to integrate learning objects into 30 secondary school classrooms (510 students). Four key areas were examined: preparation time, purpose for using a...
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To date, limited research has been done examining and evaluating the instructional wrap for using learning objects effectively. The current study examined instructional strategies used by 15 teachers to integrate learning objects into 30 secondary school classrooms (510 students). Four key areas were examined: preparation time, purpose for using a...
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In many universities there seems to be an "eLearning Contradiction" between the expressed need to integrate technology into the teaching and learning process and what is actually occurring in the majority of classrooms. In this paper we describe the collaborative process we used to design an online Conceptual Framework Learning Object (C-FLO; the o...
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Increasingly, nurses work in practice settings that employ the latest information and communication technology (ICT) to research, administer, and deliver healthcare to clients. Thus, it is critical that BNSc program graduates be competent with the technology that is embedded in their nursing environments. This chapter explicates the findings of a s...
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While much has been written about learning objects, the focus of discussion has been on standards, theoretical principles or post-secondary applications. Little has been published about the issues of the K-12 sector. From the literature, interactivity and scaffolding are the two pedagogical aspects considered crucial to learning object design. In m...
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Distance education as a field of educational endeavor is at a crucial juncture in its historical development. The notion of learning at a distance has gained wide acceptance across the developed world. Instructors, physically and temporally separated from learners using newly emerging information and communication technologies, are widespread. Most...
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This longitudinal study, conducted within a laptop-based BScN program examines the relationship of goal orientation profiles to comfort with technology and academic success. In phase 1 of this study, 101 first year nursing students completed an on line survey. The measurement tools used were Goal Orientation Assessment, Multiple Intelligences Learn...
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In the K-12 education sector, learning objects are seen as important in providing quality resources for teachers and learners but there has been little formal research on the assessment of learning objects based on the qualities that would be important for K-12 teachers. In this paper we describe the developments in the K-12 sector, the arguments a...
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The emergence of online schooling is a recent phenomenon within Alberta. Since 1995, 23 online programs have begun operating in the province. Online education depends on new network technologies to expedite access to information while simultaneously making it possible it to post lessons and course content on the Internet. The development of online...
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The goals of this project were to describe the various on-line models and delivery formats that have emerged in Alberta and to identify common practices and current issues surrounding the provision of on-line or virtual schooling. A Steering Committee developed a conceptual framework for the study under the three main headings of "Instruction,""Con...

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