Vol. 28 No. 1 (2014)
Research Articles

Peer Learning in Virtual Schools

Sam Catherine Johnston
Diana Greer
Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas
Sean Joseph Smith
Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas
Published March 4, 2014
  • K-12 virtual learning,
  • peer-to-peer learning,
  • special education
How to Cite
Johnston, S. C., Greer, D., & Smith, S. J. (2014). Peer Learning in Virtual Schools. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education / Revue Internationale Du E-Learning Et La Formation à Distance, 28(1). Retrieved from http://www.ijede.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/853


This article is about peer-to-peer learning amongst students within K–12 virtual schools. This issue is examined through a case study of experiences of three students with disabilities enrolled in one virtual school and that of their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The article is framed around variability in learners’ aptitudes for peer-to-peer learning, in the design of the learning environment and what it affords for interpersonal interactions, and in the context where that learning design is implemented (and whether or not it promotes peer-to-peer learning). Each of these areas of variability impacted whether or not peer-to-peer learning occurred.


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