Wayne State University

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Faculty & Staff

Michael K. Barbour PhD

Assistant Professor
mkbarbour@gmail.com
Fax: 313-577-1693
Office Location & Hours
365 Education
313-577-8349

Varies - E-mail to schedule an appointment

Responsibilities

Teaching and Advising -  K-12 Technology Integration (Instructional Technology/Administrative & Organizational Studies)
Teaching - Qualitative Research Methods (Educational Evaluation & Research/Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations)

Coordinator - Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching

Biography

Michael Barbour is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Instructional Technology and Qualitative Research Methodology. He completed his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. Originally from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Michael’s interest in distance education for rural students began after accepting his first high school teaching position in a regional high school in a rural community of approximately 3,500 people.

Having been educated in an urban area, Michael was troubled by the inequity of opportunity provided to his rural students and began a program to offer Advanced Placement (i.e., university-level) social studies courses over the Internet to students at his own school and other schools in the district. Michael’s current research interests focus on the effective design and delivery online learning to K-12 students in virtual school environments, particularly those in rural jurisdictions.

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Degrees and Certifications

Undergraduate Certificate, St. Francis Xavier, Adult Education, 2009

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Instructional Technology, 2007

Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, 2007

Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, University Teaching, 2007

M.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Teaching and Learning, 2002

French Immersion, Université de Québec à Trois Riviéres, 1999

B.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Intermediate and Secondary, 1998

B.A. (Honours), Carleton University, Political Science, 1996

Degrees and Certifications

Undergraduate Certificate, St. Francis Xavier, Adult Education, 2009

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Instructional Technology, 2007

Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, 2007

Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, University Teaching, 2007

M.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Teaching and Learning, 2002

French Immersion, Université de Québec à Trois Riviéres, 1999

B.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Intermediate and Secondary, 1998

B.A. (Honours), Carleton University, Political Science, 1996

Research Interests
  • effective design and delivery online learning to K-12 students in virtual school environments
  • game design as a pedagogical tool to promote student understanding
  • generational differences
Research Interests
  • effective design and delivery online learning to K-12 students in virtual school environments
  • game design as a pedagogical tool to promote student understanding
  • generational differences
Recent Presentations
Counting a Dominant Narrative of Educational Reformers: Examining the Research on the Effectiveness of Virtual Schooling
Barbour, M. (2012) American Educational Research Association
A Case Study Examining the Perspectives of an At-Risk, Rural Student Enrolled in Virtual Schooling
Barbour, M. (April 2012) American Educational Research Association
Does Prior Distance Learning Make a Difference? Examining Student Perceptions and Preferences
Barbour, M. (April 2012) American Educational Research Association