20% of higher education students are taking at least
one online course;
therefore, taking an online course in
high school is becoming a necessary part
of a student’s
preparation for higher education.
UN launches e-learning initiative in over 160 countries
Business and Psych Top Online Degree Choices
Florida Virtual School, UCF to train future teachers how to instruct online
The Sloan-C Workshop on Blended Learning in Higher Education
Do Online Courses Work for Middle Grades and High School Students? Online Students Have Their Say
Online Learning Glossary
Sources For Online Degree Programs
The Le@rning Federation
Sustaining supply of content for the digital education revolution (pdf, 328kB)
Maximising the volume of accessible digital content (pdf, 713kB)
Online curriculum content investment agreement (2006–2008) (pdf, 285kB)
Nova Southeastern U Tops Online College Rankings
Survey Reports Many Online Learners Never Seek Help Before Dropping Out
Why Dissecting an E-Learning Course Will Improve Your Skills
6C learning framework : new slides
Learn the basics of playing piano and guitar
Teaching And Learning Online
Predictions for 2009
A Growing List of Free Learning Tutorial Sites!
Recession May Drive More Adult Students to Take Online Courses
Waivers free high school students to study online, off-campus
Why some students prefer virtual schooling
These traits make online teachers successful
Some of the virtual K-12 schools/organizations out there
Thinking About E-Learning? Information for New E-Learners
Editorial: Michigan achieves e-learning success
FIVE QUESTIONS...For Allison Rossett
The Mobile Professor
Pawlenty wants more online ed at state schools
TLT CoffeeRead: Need help with class? YouTube videos await
Governor Crist Praises Florida’s Virtual Education for Leading the Nation as Study Ranks Sunshine State as No. 1 for Online Learning
Couple companies who can help you develop excellent, interactive, learning materials:
eLearning Tool Chest
10 e-learning trends
Diagrams in an Online Course
Motivating Online Learners
I’m new to eLearning - Where do I start?
The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On
A Complete Online Class: Course Management, Live Web Conferencing, and Teacher-Made Streaming Movies
eNapkin : eLearning Technology
Designing a Working Space for Chat
Virtual office hours get students, profs together
Welcome to Adora's World
Educational Designer: A new online journal
Burn-out and Online Instruction: Ten Tips to Revive Your Online Course and Yourself
In Florida, virtual school could make classroom history
IACE-T Presentation: eLearning promises and practices
More eLearning Job Resources
E-Learning for Newbies
Report assesses K-12 online learning
Learning Content Strategies Meeting
Items regarding eLearning; posting by Jane Nicholls
North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL)
New Open Yale Courses
How to Redesign a Course for Hybrid Delivery
Online College Classes Gain Acceptance - WCPN
Classroom technology puts Fort Worth ISD on-line to becoming a digital district
large scale distance learning organizations:
Lecture Capture: No Longer Optional?
for lecture capture
E-LEARNING 2.0 report released
Is Blended Learning Effective?
eCollege Partners with Cdigix for Rich Media Integration
Comcast sets monthly internet usage cap
Collection of free e-Learning ebooks
Texas Virtual School Network
The Value of Multimedia in E-Learning
The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, second edition
Here’s How to Build Your Next E-Learning Scenario
Google Video for Business - Revolutionising E-learning!
Christensen leads us to Disrupt our Classes
What Constitutes Quality in Web-Based Training?
Engaging with the new eLearning (PDF, 3.8M)
12 strategies for engaging and retaining learners through compelling online experiences.
It’s Not about the Technology
Learning is Change.
MERLOT Journal of Online Learning & Teaching
Education in a Digital World
Take this with a grain of salt-- it's from Bb -- but it does point to some trends within K-12
Learning in the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning
Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning
Adobe Acrobat takes big online leap
Prediction Regarding Learning Agents
Connectivist Theory, and other learning theories
CONNECTIVIST THEORY FOR ONLINE LEARNING
20+ Ways to Learn a Language Online
Podcast: American Higher Education Is Going Global: Implications for CIOs, National Networks, and Federal Policymakers
Online Education Cast as ‘Disruptive Innovation’
Association of Virtual Worlds -- Guide to 250 Virtual Worlds
A guide to 250 virtual worlds has been published by the Association of Virtual Worlds. The "Blue Book" is a free download:
Higher education (and other) courses -- sign up to use and contribute courses
The effect of digital media tools on how people learn, network, communicate and play
Atomic Learning and Lynda.com -- training on demand
iTunes Store now top US music retailer
Note from DSC: If the Internet can turn the music industry on its head in less than 5 years, how might the Internet impact higher education within the next 5-10 years?
'Hybrid' courses show promise
"Hybrid courses," or courses that deliver part of their instruction in a traditional lecture manner and part in an online environment, are becoming increasingly popular among schools and colleges. Proponents of the concept say it capitalizes on the benefits that both face-to-face and online learning can provide--and now, there is some evidence to suggest that hybrid courses can help students learn more effectively. Read More
March 31, 2008
The Other 85 Percent
"I am emailing you to encourage you to participate in a new blog that I am authoring called The Other 85 Percent. Research shows that only about 15 percent of higher education students still fit the traditional definition of a college student: age 18 to 22, living on campus, and going to school full time. That is the inspiration for The Other 85 Percent—to challenge the traditional view of how to best serve today’s college students."
"I will explore issues such as educational accessibility, outcomes, and accountability as they relate to the working adult. One topic in particular that I will address is how to ensure that colleges and universities that serve adults at a distance—such as online universities –demonstrate real learning outcomes to prospective students, such as through the Transparency by Design initiative. I encourage you to visit and comment to The Other 85 Percent often. As a fellow education professional, I believe your feedback will be vital to creating a healthy dialogue on the future of education."
"Thank you. | Sincerely, Michael Offerman | Vice Chairman, Capella University"
March 18, 2008
Integrating Technology into the Classroom- a Help or a Hindrance?
This is a paper I wrote for my Master's Program ( Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University) entitled, Integrating Technology into the Classroom- a Help or a Hindrance? In it, you will see various references for further research. To highlight a few, see the work of Ian Jukes and Ted McCain, Kurzweil's work, Michael Wesch's work; also see the work of 2020 Visions; Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies - A Survey; Chris Dede's work at Harvard; Educause Connect; and Kathleen Tyner's work at the U of Texas at Austin.
March 3, 2008
Online Video 2.0
In case you're interested, this PDF file shows you the outline for the first portion of a presentation entitled, "Setting the Bar for Online Video 2.0: Best Practices You Can Use Today" -- in case you're interested in this topic. The presentation will be archived for the next 90 days at this location.
February 27, 2008
- Online learning and web-based technologies will have continued to alter power structures and will have changed the game
- Online learning technologies will enable students to take their courses from the premier faculty in the world
- Online colleges and universities will be huge as their target population is worldwide -- and full of lifelong learners (a requirement in the global economy that will have continued to form). Hopefully, economies of scale will occur in order to keep the cost of a higher education down. Adding another server is cheaper than building another facility.
- Synchronous and asynchronous options exist for the same class -- and by 2020, the tools will have become extremely powerful...having the capabilities to offer a face-to-face experience and interaction, but doing so online. However, technologies will exist that create learning possibilities that far exceed what was capable in the traditional face-to-face classrooms of the 1900's.
February 15, 2008
Innovate -- Feb/March 2008 issue
"Why do we need to examine a research base in K-20 online learning? Online learning is transforming teaching, providing new instructional delivery models, and expanding access to education. Effective online instructional practices are increasingly supported by a growing evidence base that shows how various programs, courses, and instructional models can improve learning, increase student engagement, and catalyze innovation in education. This special issue offers a range of studies that contribute to an evidence-based framework to sustain further innovation in online teaching and learning."
The Feb/March 2008 issue includes an article by Susan Lowes entitled,"Online Teaching and Classroom Change: The Trans-Classroom Teacher in the Age of the Internet," that explores these ideas:
February 1, 2008
K12 is Wall Street's pet as online schooling grows
In recent years, a small but fast-growing number of parents seeking alternatives to traditional schooling have fostered a new industry: virtual public schools. These publicly financed distance-learning alternatives are essentially charter schools in cyberspace. Yet, so far, just one company is winning strong marks for capitalizing on this movement: the Herndon, Va.-based K12." Article here.
Note from DSC:
I post this article because I think it's important to watch what happens in grades K-12. What develops there may impact what we do in the future. I don't see the K-12 virtual schools as having much of an impact on us...at least not yet. But it's something to keep an eye on.
January 30, 2008
Professors on YouTube, Take 2
"Since writing about how professors are finding celebrity on YouTube, several people wrote in to point us to other efforts to offer lecture videos online. So here are a couple of more, with some updates on what they are up to..." Article here.
January 9, 2008
Thanks to YouTube, Professors Are Finding New Audiences
"Forget Lonelygirl15, YouTube's 2006 online video phenom. Professors are the latest YouTube stars. The popularity of their appearances on YouTube and other video-sharing sites may end up opening up the classroom and making teaching—which once took place behind closed doors—a more public art. What's more, Web video opens a new form of public intellectualism to scholars looking to participate in an increasingly visual culture." Rest of article here.
January 23, 2008
Vendors/solutions for delivering online video
Think the video revolution is limited to user-generated content and online movie downloads? Think again.
And you'd better think fast, because learners of all kinds-whether college students, outside sales forces, or technicians in the field-are increasingly demanding the ability to receive both traditional academic courses and training materials on video. They also expect that video to work as seamlessly and easily as YouTube and with the portability of their iPods, but with the kind of interactivity and supplemental materials they'd receive in a traditional classroom.
All of which means that academic institutions and enterprises alike are looking for the most advanced, efficient, and cost-effective ways to teach and train online. This year's Streaming Media White Paper, Online Learning: Textbook Strategies for Video Education (6.2MB PDF file), focuses on leading solutions that excel at making the grade. This is mandatory reading that you just may be tested on.
January 8, 2008
Visual Learning: How the rise of digital video is transforming education
These are special times for visual learning. Spurred by dramatic advances in digital technology, the use of video as an instructional tool is finally coming into its own as a mainstream feature of American education.... | Full Story here, which includes the following quote:
Related article/link: http://www.learn360.com/
January 7, 2008
Some links for the educators out there
The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment founded at the University of Michigan School of Information and hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology.
World Lecture Hall publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language. Some courses are delivered entirely over the Internet. Others are designed for students in residence. Many fall somewhere in between. In all cases, they can be visited by anyone interested in courseware on the Internet — faculty, developers, and curious students alike.
From DSC -- The World Lecture Hall appears to be outdated...but I can't help but wondering if this resource hints at where things in higher education could be heading...
December 21, 2007
'Coursecasting' now a higher-education staple
Delivering lectures via podcasts no longer is the province only of those universities on the cutting edge of technology: Through the use of software and programs that make it easy to produce and distribute podcasts, colleges and universities increasingly are making course lectures available for downloading online.
Most of today's college students are "digital natives" who have been surrounded by technology nearly their entire lives, and they expect their college or university to create a collaborative experience that integrates familiar technologies such as podcasting and on-demand video into their learning environment, supporters of the phenomenon explain. Their beliefs are supported by data: Three of four young adults download and view internet videos daily, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, while Burst Media reports that college students spend more time online than they do using any other form of media, including TV and radio. Rest of article here.
December 20, 2007
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace. Article here.
December 17, 2007
Items from Educause 2007
Using Video Streaming and Podcasting to Design Rich-Media Online Courses
December 14, 2007
Audio Interview: How the Internet Is Changing Education
John Seely Brown was a computer enthusiast since before most people knew what personal computers were. HIs work as former director of the Xerox Corporation’s famed Palo Alto Research Center landed him in the computer Industry Hall of Fame. I sat down with Mr. Brown at a recent event celebrating the history of NSFNet, a precursor of today’s Internet, and recorded this podcast interview, in which he talks about how computer networks — and now Web 2.0 — are radically changing education. Article/interview here.
December 14, 2007
ProfCast Lecture Capture Software Adds Logging to Podcast Manager
ProfCast has released a new version of its eponymous software designed for capturing and distributing classroom lectures as enhanced podcasts. ProfCast 2.2.0pb4, a public beta of the presentation capture software, includes fixes and enhancements to previous 2.2 releases and is available now for Mac OS X. Article here.
November 30, 2007
Biology Teacher Engages Students with Classroom Capture, Multimedia
"Can a high school biology teacher record his lectures, post them online, and get thousands of hits to his site in a year?"
"Apparently so, if Okemos High School's Kelly Carrier is an example. The Michigan public school science teacher uses TechSmith's Camtasia Studio to capture portions of his biology and physical science classes, then posts them online so that students can review them later. At five sections a day, with 30 students per section, he teaches 150 students a day--and then reaches them again and again via the online content, if the Web numbers are any indication." Article here.
November 28, 2007
Bloomsburg U Tailors Online Learning to the Deaf
"We're making it possible for deaf and hard of hearing people to have equal access to information via the Internet." That's according to Samuel Slike, an instructor and curriculum coordinator of the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program at Pennsylvania's Bloomsburg University.
Last semester, Bloomsburg began using Wimba's Live Classroom, a Web-based learning tool, to offer deaf and hard of hearing students an online course that includes a sign-language interpreter and closed-caption text to accompany the standard slide presentation and instructor's voice. Rest of article here.
November 27, 2007
Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning - the good and bad of online learning at this point in time
September 12, 2007
Lehigh University Debuts Open Virtual Classroom
"Lehigh University has added a virtual class to its curriculum this fall called Bioscience in the 21st century. The multidisciplinary class is designed to allow anyone interested to watch lectures and study course material or PowerPoint presentations posted on the university's website for free. Lectures are also available from iTunes U, according to Lehigh University." Read More
August 31, 2007
State-run virtual schools gather steam
"Don't look now, but online learning--though still in its infancy--is well on its way to becoming a major part of state-sponsored education across the country. That's the impression left by a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), whose member states have long been in the forefront of developing government initiatives in virtual schooling. The 112-page report, which is..." | Full Story
NACOL's president and CEO, Susan Patrick, says it's only a matter of time--and not much time, at that--before virtually all American students are participating in online offerings "as a normal part of their curriculum."
August 24, 2007
Spread of online language raises concerns
"For years, heavy users of Internet games and chat groups have conversed in their own written language, often indecipherable to outsiders. Now, some of those online words are gaining currency in popular culture..." Article here.
August 15, 2007
96 percent of teens use social-networking tools
Survey reveals schools have a huge opportunity to harness technology for instruction
"Ninety-six percent of U.S. students ages 9 to 17 who have internet access use social-networking technology to connect with their peers, and one of their most common topics of discussion is education, according to a new survey. Yet most schools have stringent rules against nearly all forms of online social networking during the school day. In light of the survey's findings, school leaders should consider reexamining their policies and explore ways they could use social networking for educational purposes, its authors say." Article here.
CREATING & CONNECTING
August 15, 2007
'Cool' interactive community for kids, their parents, and teachers
"Innovation Generation program inspires kids to explore the world of innovation and technology, creating next generation of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians." Article here.
DSC: This posting -- and the above posting -- are yet 2 more examples of how the youth of today -- with all that they are learning/using/doing -- will be here on Calvin's doorsteps tomorrow. Questions are: Are we ready for them? If not, what do we need to do in order to be prepared for them?
August 1, 2007
Online U Research: Popularity of Online Universities Rising
"Half of a group of prospective college students who said they would be interested in taking an online course in the next 12 months also said they would like to enroll in a completely online degree program, according to a recent survey conducted by the American InterContinental University Online." Read more.
July 16, 2007
10 Top Myths About Online/Distance Learning
May 29, 2007
Hybrid Learning: Maximizing Student Engagement - from CampusTechnology.com -- by Ruth Reynard
"I became involved with hybrid teaching simply as a common-sense approach to the challenge of transitioning traditional faculty from classroom to online learning environments while I was director of a center for instructional technology at a university in the South. The challenge that faced me was working with faculty who were almost completely resistant to the idea of distance learning via the Internet, believing it to be a diminished learning experience. Many faculty also demonstrated a fear of technology in general and saw it as potentially time-consuming and overwhelming...."
Read Complete Article
March 1, 2007
The Online Learning Idea Book: 95 Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning
Quick Guide to Blended Learning