Online Learning Lab

Online Learning Lab

Lowes, S. & Lin, P. (in press). “A Brief Look at the Methodologies Used in Researching Online Teaching and Learning.” In R. E. Ferdig & K. Kennedy (Eds.), Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning. Rev. ed.  Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

Lowes, S. & Lin, P. (2017). Student Pathways Through Online Algebra 1 Courses. Lansing, MI: Michigan Virtual University. Online  at

Lin, P., Lowes, S., & Kinghorn, B. R. C. (2016). “A study of gender differences and performance in online courses.” Paper accepted for presentation at the 2017 Annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 27 – May 1, 2017.

Lowes, S., Lin, P., & Kinghorn, B. R. C. (2016). “Gender differences in online high school courses.” Online Learning, 20(4), 100-117.

Lowes, S., Lin, P., & Kinghorn, B. (2015). “Exploring the link between online behaviours and course performance in asynchronous online high school courses.” Journal of Learning Analytics, 2(2), 169-194.

Lowes, S. & Lin, P. (2015). “Learning to learn online: Using locus of control to help students become successful online learners.” Journal of Online Learning Research, 1(1), 17-48.

Lowes, S. & Lin, P. (2014). “Using LMS Data as an Early Warning Signal in Online Courses.” Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology in Education (SITE) Conference, Jacksonville, FL, March 2014.

Lowes, S. 2014. “How Much ‘Group’ Is There in Online Group Work?” Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 18 (1). Online at

Kennedy, K., Lowes, S., DeBruler, K., Freidhoff, J. & Lin, P. (2014). Panel on Research in the K-12 Online Learning Environments. In M. Searson & M. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (pp. 1545-1546). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Lowes, S. & Willoughby, J. 2013. “Learning to Learn Online: Using Locus of Control to Help Students Become Successful Online Learners.” Presentation to the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, 29 October.

Lowes, S., Hamilton, G., Hochstetler, V. & Paek, S. (2013). “Teaching Communication to Medical Students in a Virtual World.” The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, 3. Online at

“Recent Research on Online Teaching and Learning: Implications for Practice,” panels organized for the 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 meetings of the Virtual School Symposium of the North American Council for Online Learning.

Lowes, S. (2010). “Beyond the Counts: Teacher Beliefs and Teaching Styles in Asynchronous Online Classrooms.” Paper presented at the Virtual School Symposium of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Phoenix, AZ, November.

Lowes, S. (2010) “The Teacher as Migrant: How Teaching Online Can Change Classroom Practice.” Distance Learning (US Distance Learning Association publication), June 2010.

Lowes, S. (2008). “What Works in Creating Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses.” Presentation at the Advancing Online Learning Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire, April.

Lowes, S. (2008). “Online Teaching and Classroom Change: The Trans-Classroom Teacher in the Age of the Internet.” Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 4 (3), February/March. (Research funded by the U.S. Department of Education to Learning Point Associates.)

Lowes, S., Lin, P., and Wang, Y. (2007). “Studying the Effectiveness of the Discussion Forum in Online Professional Development Courses.” Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6 (3).<>

Lowes, S. “Trends in Professional Development for K-12 Virtual Schools.” (2007). Chapter in C. Cavanaugh and R. Blomeyer, eds., What Works in K-12 Online Learning? Washington, DC: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Geography Learning

Lowes, S. (2009). “Mapping the World: Freehand Mapping and Children’s Understanding of Geography Concepts.” Research on Geography Education, Winter. (Research funded by the National Geographic Education Fund.) (For a pdf version of this article, click here)

Lowes, S. (2008). “Freehand Mapping and the Use of GeoGames to Improve Students’ Understanding of the World.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Geography Education, Dearborn, MI, October. (Research funded by the National Geographic Education Foundation.)