Michael K. Barbour is an Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California in Vallejo, California, USA. 

He has been involved with K-12 online learning for almost two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer and administrator. His research has focused on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions. Dr. Barbour’s focus in recent years has focused on policy issues related to effective online learning environments.

In 2014 Dr. Barbour was named as a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), an organization that is influential with policymakers on the national and international level. He has also been a Fellow for the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute on multiple occasions. Dr. Barbour was also named an Honorary Lifetime Member and Board Member of the Canadian E-Learning Network (an organization devoted to K-12 online and blended learning in Canada). Hiss expertise in K-12 distance, online and blended education 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.

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