Michael Barbour has joined the faculty of College of Education in the Fall of 2013
as Director of Doctoral Studies and as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership. 

Previously he was Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology at Wayne State
University. He has been involved with virtual schools in Canada and the United States for
the past decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator.
Michael's research focuses on rural K-12 students learning in online environments.
Recently, Dr. Barbour’s focus has shifted to policy related to effective online learning
environments. This has resulted in invitations to testify before House and Senate
committees in several states, as wellas consulting for Ministries of Education across
Canada and in New Zealand. 

Degrees and Certifications: St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS)Undergraduate
Certificate, Adult Education; 

University of Georgia (Athens, GA)Ph.D., Instructional Technology; Graduate Certificate,
Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies; Graduate Certificate, University Teaching 

Memorial University (St. John’s, NL) M.Ed., Teaching and Learning (Literacy and
Technology); B.Ed., Intermediate and Secondary (Social Studies) 

Université de Québec à Trois Riviéres (Trois Riviéres, QC)French Immersion Program 

Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) B.A. Political Science (minor in History) 

Contributions to Books


K-12 Online Learning: A Worldwide Perspective (with Kathryn Kennedy), Education Faculty Publications (2014)

K-12 online learning is often used as an umbrella term to describe all instances of...



Strategies for Overcoming Common Obstacles in the Online Environment: Issues in Virtual School Teaching (with Kelly L. Unger), Education Faculty Publications (2014)

K-12 online learning or virtual schooling has seen substantial growth in the United States over...



Mobile Teaching and Learning in the Classroom and Online: Case Studies in K-12 (with Michael M. Grant), Education Faculty Publications (2013)

In this chapter, we describe two projects to integrate mobile teaching and learning into K-12...




Online, Blended, and Distance Education: Building Successful School Programs (with Tom Clark), Education Faculty Publications (2015)

What can North American educators learn from international K–12 educators, and vice versa, about building...



Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence (with Alex Molnar, Luis Huerta, Jennifer King Rice, Sheryl Rankin Shafer, Gary Miron, Charisse Gulosino, and Brian Horvitz), Education Faculty Publications (2014)



The Professor’s Facebook:Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Academics, Education Faculty Publications (2013)

Presentation at the Fall Faculty Institute October, 15 2013 at Sacred Heart University. Using sites...



Voracious Appetite of Online Teaching: Examining Labour Issues Related to K-12 Online Learning (with David Adelstein), Education Faculty Publications (2013)

A paper presented at the annual Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) conference,...




Schools in the U.S. 2015: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence (with Alex Molnar ed., Luis Huerta, Sheryl Rankin Shafer, Gary Miron, and Charisse Gulosino), Education Faculty Publications (2015)

This report is the third of a series of annual reports by the National Education...



Review of Virtual Schooling and Student Learning, Education Faculty Publications (2014)

A new report compares the performance of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) students with students in...



A History of International K-12 Online and Blended Instruction, Education Faculty Publications (2014)

Many involved with the practice or study of K-12 online and blended learning are familiar...



Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace-Really? Examining Mobile Learning in a Virtual School Environment (with Tamme Quinn Grzebyk and John Eye), Education Faculty Publications (2014)

Over the past decade, the number of K-12 students engaged in online learning has increased...



Design Research Using Game Design as an Instructional Strategy (with Jason Paul Siko), Education Faculty Publications (2014)

Game design as an instructional tool can be expensive and time-consuming, as new software requires...


Editorial Introduction


Primary and Secondary Distance Education: Expanding the Knowledge Base in the Schools Sector (2013)

Editorial introduction to Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning. Special Issue - Primary and...



Virtual Schooling Through the Eyes of an At-Risk Student: A Case Study (with Jason P. Siko), Peer Reviewed Articles (2012)

While much of the growth in the popularity of virtual schooling has involved at-risk students,...