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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

eLearning Papers n° 21 (2010) Now Published


Please have a look at this issue of eLearning Papers.


Innovation in lifelong learning
Learning and innovation go hand-in-hand; while learning is characterized by a change in behaviour, innovation involves a change in the thought process. Both imply a change for the better. Today, as information and communication technologies are increasingly part of the educational landscape, new means of accessing, sharing, and collaborating with knowledge have challenged us to reflect how we foster learning and innovation in both formal and informal education.

The 21st issue of the eLearning Papers proposes a broad approach to the theme of innovation in lifelong learning. In addition to looking at how innovation transforms current educational practice, this issue also considers how educational practice can support innovation in the greater socio-economic system, especially within the context of adult education and training.

Innovation, informational literacy and lifelong learning: creating a new culture

Microlearning: a strategy for ongoing professional development

Turning up critical thinking in discussion boards

Mapping innovative learning experiences in the UK

E-Learning in the university: When will it really happen?

Involving students in managing their own learning
By Malinka Ivanova and Tatyana Ivanova



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Tech & Learning eNews - September 28, 2010

Take a closer look at this top stories - 09.28.10



Hooked On Wordle Educator

Source: Tech & Learning


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Best Practices for eLearning Development - Free Webinar

CommLab India launches a series of free, live, online web presentations that cover all aspects of eLearning.

Best Practices for eLearning Development
Date & Time:
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2010 at 8.00 AM EST
 
Join the first seven live webinars that focuses on best practices to resolve the fundamental disconnect between the SME and the eLearning development expert. It emphasizes topics such as the Roles & Responsibilities of the SME and eLearning Expert, Introduction to eLearning Process Flows, and shares eLearning best practices on this subject.

The webinar will cover:

  • Introduction to eLearning Process Flows
  • Roles & Responsibilities of the SME and eLearning Expert
  • eLearning Best Practices
With webinar registration you will receive complimentary Sample Storyboard templates, Project Plan templates, Sample feedback forms and more.


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Remember our students when you go to the polls by Lindsay Rayner

I came across this really pertinent article by Lindsay Rayner. She is an adjunct reading instructor at Zane State College and is currently working toward a reading endorsement from The University of Toledo.

As a teacher, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love that I can post student grades online. I hate that many of my students lack home computers to access those grades. I love that my students can use the Internet to conduct research. I hate that many of them instead use the Internet to commit plagiarism. Depending upon its use, technology has the potential to either be a great educational equalizer or yet another symbol of the divide between our richest and our poorest students. It can be either a valuable educational tool or a crutch for both teachers and students.

Distance learning technology allows students to enroll in classes and even earn entire degrees without setting foot in a brick-and-mortar building. For instance, here in Muskingum County, high school students are taking courses in Chinese from teachers miles away. They are doing so without the expense of adding another full-time teacher, saving taxpayers' money and providing language skills that will help students succeed in a global economy. At Zane State, students are able to use distance-learning technology to complete bachelor's degrees at other colleges.

Source:  Zanesville Times Recorder


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Udemy has a Talk with Elearning! Magazine editor Janet Clarey

Check out this interesting talk with Janet Clarey below.
Janet is a top educational consultant and an editor in Elearning! Magazine. She also maintains a blog, Spinning the Social Web. Janet is with Udemy to share her views on education and technology.


1. What inspired you to start your blog?

Oddly enough it was an email from a former colleague, Tom Werner, at Brandon Hall Research. Tom and his wife had started a great wine blog and he said, “we should do this.” This came at a time when Brandon Hall Research was looking for a way to have a greater presence on the Web. So, I wrote my first blog post in February 2007 and was hooked. I find inspiration now from others’ content and comments. My blog is a great platform for personal learning too. At times, I find that it’s more valuable than my university classes. Actually, most of the time.

Don't miss the talk with Janet!

Source: Udemy


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

elearningeuropa.info Newsletter - September 2010 is just released

The e-learning Newsletter brings you news about current issues, open calls, forthcoming events and e-learning resources. Take a look at this interesting line-up below.


ELEARNING PAPERS.
Call for Papers: Training and work. Deadline October 8th. Today, a large part of learning takes place in a work environment, rather than in tertiary and post-tertiary education settings. In order to stay relevant and contribute to the human capital of future workers, learning needs to be tightly integrated into organizational work processes, allowing it to become a fundamental part of workers' and managers' everyday activities.

YOUTH ON THE MOVE.
A new European Union initiative. During the month of October, international youth mobility will be celebrated in all its forms. Budapest and Bordeaux will provide the stage for the launch of a major European initiative that seeks to encourage youth mobility in all fields of education, training, creation and solidarity-based commitment. These two cities and their community, educational and economic actors will come together for an event at which the dominant theme will be mobility for young people and the values that they represent.

PROJECT OF THE MONTH.
ICOPER is a best practice network that seeks to collect and further develop best practices for the design, development and delivery of interoperable content supporting competency-driven higher education.

ICT 2010, Digitally Driven, 27-29 September 2010, Brussels (Belgium).
Europe’s most visible forum for ICT research and innovation. This biennial event has become a unique meeting point for researchers, business people, investors and high-level policy-makers in the field of digital innovation. ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe’s Digital Agenda and the 2011-2012 European Union financial programme (€ 2.8 billion) funding research and innovation in ICT.

ItworldEdu, 27-29 October 2010, Barcelona (Spain).
ITworldEdu is the meeting point for professionals in the education and ICT sectors, an event at which they can learn, exchange ideas, find out about genuine case studies and experiences, make contacts, establish commercial agreements and present latest developments.

Open Ed 2010, Seventh Annual Open Education Conference, 2-4 November 2010, Barcelona (Spain).
The Open Education Conference has been described as “the annual reunion of the open education family.” Each year, the conference serves as the world’s leading venue for research related to open education, whilst simultaneously creating the most friendly and energetic atmosphere to be found at any academic conference.

International Conference on Translation and Accessibility in Video Games and Virtual Worlds, 2-3 December 2010, Barcelona (Spain).
The aim of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary meeting point for all those interested in the fields of game localisation and accessibility, as well as accessibility and the role of translation in virtual worlds. This pioneering conference seeks to lay the foundations for future studies in these areas, provide a forum for discussion and enable industry and academia to meet and promote interdisciplinary research.

ELSE 2011, 28-29 April 2011, Bucharest (Romania).
The striking central theme of this event is: “Anywhere, any time - education on demand”. eLSE is an international conference, organised in order to promote eLearning-related activities by providing learning and professional development opportunities and pooling ideas from researchers, developers and practitioners in the fields of education, business and government to enable participants to learn, teach and share their experience.

Selected articles

By Olimpius Istrate, Associate Researcher, Institute for Education Sciences

Without necessarily advocating the use of ICT as early as possible in childhood, this article tries to temper the negative view being an invitation to informed reflection and to interpretation of the...

By Ida Brandão, Senior Officer, Ministry of Education DGIDC

In the framework of the recent reorganization of Special Needs Education in Portugal, aiming at the inclusion of children and youth, with permanent special needs, in mainstream schools, several...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

E-Learning 2010 Special Reports

I just discovered these special reports via eMind - eLearning Professionals Group at LinkedIn by Stefanie Hemmingson.
This is a three-part series on e-learning from Education Week.

Education Week having a Sitewide Open House, September 20-24 and you can view all of the content free.


E-Learning 2010: Assessing the Agenda for Change
This special report, the first in a three-part series on e-learning, aims to highlight the progress made in the e-learning arena, as well as the administrative, funding, and policy barriers that some experts say are slowing the growth of this form of education. It also examines the trends that are likely to force policymakers to re-examine the current rules of engagement for virtual learning.
Read more...

E-Learning 2010: E-Educators Evolving
This special report, the second in a three-part series on e-learning, aims to answer questions related to the growing role of e-educators in K-12 education. It provides perspectives and advice from state policymakers and virtual school providers navigating through the new and often murky policy waters of online-only education, and features insights from e-educators in the trenches of vitual schooling.
Read more...

Evaluating E-Educators' Evolving Skills
This event is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.

As virtual schools and courses gain traction and continue to grow, some experts say it’s imperative to recognize that online teachers need a special set of skills that are different from what their face-to-face counterparts need. Some virtual schools and states are adopting guidelines that require online teachers to respond to student e-mails within 24 hours and receive regular training on how to use new technologies for teaching online-only classes. Virtual schools are also honing their methods and procedures for evaluating online teachers, a process that can involve an extensive examination of how well the teachers communicate with students. Join two experts from the world of online education as they discuss the evolving guidelines for online teachers and how new evaluation practices can improve virtual teaching.
Register now

Presenters:

Pam Birtolo, chief learning officer for the Orlando-based Florida Virtual School

Bryan Setser, chief executive officer for the North Carolina Virtual Public School

Source: Education Week


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Monday, September 20, 2010

City Schools Gamble on Going Digital

Check out this this month's article by Andrea Gabor. She is a professor of journalism at Baruch College/CUNY and the author of several books, most recently The Capitalist Philosophers (Three Rivers Press, 2000).


At City Polytechnic High School in Brooklyn some students take courses on engineering and architecture taught by college professors; they also can accumulate enough credits to graduate in just three years or earn an associate's degree in five years. The students can do all this because City Poly has divided the school year into trimesters, packing core requirements into a shorter time frame, allowing them to use the third trimester for less traditional classes.

Across the city in Harlem, every student at Global Technology Preparatory, a middle school, receives a laptop at the start of the school year. They use them to develop Power Points for social-studies presentations, take online language classes, play math games and build a digital portfolio that the students will use in their high-school applications. This year, the school day also has been extended to 6 p.m.

These new schools are part of the New York City Department of Education's innovation zone, a high-stakes gamble to reinvent New York City public schools. Launched two years ago as part of what has become the iZone, it originally included 10 schools and now has ballooned to 81. So far, the schools have shown promise by many measures, including attendance, student and parent satisfaction, and student progress toward graduation. The city now hopes to expand the iZone to 300 schools within the next few years.

Some question, though, whether the Department of Education has the money to continue and expand the initiative. A dearth of research on kindergarten through 12 online education means that much of what the iZone is doing is highly experimental. And now, at the start of its third year, the iZone is undergoing a raft of changes that could unsettle the experiment -- and even help determine whether it succeeds or fails.


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Technology and eLearning Pedagogy by Angelita Williams

Today I have Angelita Williams guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

Certain educators and students resist the idea of eLearning and distance education because it often goes against their traditional notions of what makes up a proper learning community: a physical classroom in which students and their instructors work together to solve problems and reflect upon their learning methods.
Through collaboration, all members of the learning community gain an education.
According to opponents of eLearning, this particularly humanist learning method cannot apply to computer-assisted learning, because technology, in their opinion, stands in the way of face-to-face communication. And of course, some will allow that technology can be used with this traditional pedagogy, but only as a supplemental tool.

Fortunately, just as early twentieth century pedagogical practices, what Paulo Freire called "the banking concept of education," shifted according to the needs of nontraditional students, so too will twenty-first century pedagogical practices, especially now that technology has significantly improved within educational sectors. Consider this: according to the National Center for Education Statistics, during the 1999-2000 school year 27 percent of all American undergraduates were traditional and 28 percent were "highly nontraditional." Furthermore, these percentages represent an increase in nontraditional enrollment numbers from 1992-1993. I don't know the European numbers, but I do see a trend at work within the United States educational system.

As their numbers increase, more nontraditional students will demand access to learning communities. As someone who has taught freshmen composition at several large American universities, I can offer anecdotal evidence that the few nontraditional students enrolled in my classes often voiced to me their concern about their ability to 'fit in.' While I did my best to help them adjust, I believe that an online community could have offered them an even better resource.

An online learning community offers nontraditional students benefits similar to those the brick and mortar campus gives traditional students. Both allow the student to manage his or her schedule: a nontraditional student can use the internet to work around a full-time job, while the traditional student can schedule classes around his or her interests. Both communities give the student important resources: a nontraditional student can access many electronic databases, while the traditional student can go to the library or attend a lab session. And both communities give the student people with which to interact: the nontraditional student joins forums, video chats, and so on, while the traditional student sits in seminars and study groups.

Of course, the differences exist in how the nontraditional student accesses that community. I suppose I could understand concerns that opponents raise about eLearning if technology continued to lag behind demand; however, technology has improved so much that eLearning cannot afford to ignore it. Technology, essentially, has helped us develop a solid eLearning pedagogy so as to better serve nontraditional students.

Related link


This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online college courses.
She welcomes your comments at her email Id.

Many thanks to Angelita Williams.
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New eBook: A New Generation of Wi-Fi in K-12


Here’s the latest Technology & Learning's eBooks below.


A New Generation of Wi-Fi in K-12

School districts have gone online to improve student learning, professional development, data management, safety, and district-wide communications. To achieve all this, they must connect users' computers to a network – preferably, one that doesn't break the budget and is straightforward to maintain and grow. These networks require some smarts and enhanced features so they can be quickly provisioned and managed. They also need the performance to support the latest instructional multimedia applications. And, as their role becomes central to daily instruction and administration, they need rock-solid reliability.

In short, districts require "business-grade" wireless networks. What does that mean? This eBook answers that question. It introduces you to a new generation of intelligent wireless networking that delivers the robustness of a business-grade network while remaining cost effective for cash-conservative K-12 installations.

What's Inside the eBook:


















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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Upcoming Free Webinars

Check out these FREE online webinars below!


Adding video to your website...just got easier.

Date: October 5, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am PST
Duration: One hour

More than a powerful video streaming platform, EduVision developed by JDL Horizons is a full-featured communications package that provides any school, district or association with its own Internet television broadcast station. It's built around Flash-format video streaming, the simplest and most trouble-free technology available for users of all popular computer operating systems and works with a full range of Web browsers.

What you will learn...

1. How placing your video into your website can be easy & affordable
2. How student created video engages them in their learning
3. How to easily stream live events anywhere
4. How to publish video using your own rules, safely & securely
5. The power of syndication and sharing video content with trusted partners
6. Sign up for a thirty day free trial

Guest speakers:

  • Learn from Sally Lindgren how the Great Prairie Area Education Agency shares video content with her 32 school districts and the state of Iowa.
  • Paul Saxton, Media Teacher at Eagan High School supports students uploading video homework, publishes a weekly student news program and supports live events.
  • Alan November & Brian Mull share how and why student created products culminating in video productions engages students in their learning and leverages technology at the core of a school's mission.
Register now

Can Lecture Capture Make You A Better Professor?


Tuesday, September 21, 2010
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (
convert to your time zone)

Does the idea of lecture capture make you uncomfortable? Do you fear it will force you to change the way you teach? Or that attendance will drop as students stop coming to class?
Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner thinks you have nothing to fear.

Lerner is a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and during the spring 2009 semester, she began teaching engineering in a Mediasite-enabled classroom. Three semesters later, she believes lecture capture has made her a better instructor. And today, she’s still teaching synchronously to traditional students in the on-site classroom and asynchronously to non-traditional, distance education students who never come on-campus.

One of the most energetic and compelling instructors in this medium, Lerner recently presented her findings at conferences like Campus Technology and the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. Now she’s carving out time for an online chat with you to present what she’s learned and to answer your most pressing questions about getting faculty comfortable with lecture capture.

During this lively discussion, she’ll cover:
  • Tips to overcome barriers to faculty adoption and evangelism
  • Ways to address the comfort level of faculty in adopting lecture capture for both blended and online courses
  • What mainstream media – like late night talk shows and even Sesame Street – can teach instructors about teaching through webcasts
  • How to embrace tablet PCs and in-room videocameras for course instruction, including real-time notation of formulas and calculations
  • Why it is still easy to use student engagement levels, either in class, during office hours or online, to gauge how they will perform

And if you have a question you’d like to make sure she covers, email us before the webinar at engage@sonicfoundry.com.

About the presenter:

Anne-Marie Lerner, Ph.D. is at the forefront of using advanced internet technologies in her teaching, including webcasting and video conferencing. She is a third-year faculty member at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville collaborative program located at the University of Wisconsin - Rock County. In her capacity as assistant professor, she has delivered the first streaming courses from a remote campus to two other remote two-year campuses across the state of Wisconsin. Her professional interests include investigating effective teaching pedagogy for remote delivery as well as to nontraditional students, and education assessment. She received her PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.

Moderator: Sean Brown, VP Education, Sonic Foundry

Register now

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The Scout Report: Research and Education

Check out these highlights from The Internet Scout Project below.

McCracken Research Library: Digital Collections


It would be quite difficult to visit the Wild Wild West without a time machine, but this series of amazing digital collections from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming is perhaps the next best thing. Currently, visitors can browse around in seven different areas, including the Jack Richard Photograph Collection and the Buffalo Bill Online Archive. First-time visitors may wish to start with the Buffalo Bill section.

Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has an aggressive research program dedicated to providing cutting-edge information about the trends in library services and other matters. This timely 40-page report is intended to "support museums and public libraries in envisioning and defining their roles as institutions of learning in the 21st century."

Source: Internet Scout Project




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Monday, September 13, 2010

Five lessons from the nation’s best online teacher of the year

"Educators who teach in an online setting should foster strong relationships with their students’ parents and should offer plenty of positive feedback, says the nation’s first-ever K-12 Online Teacher of the Year." reports eSchool News.


Teacher Teresa Dove of the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) last week was chosen as the first winner of this new award, which not only recognizes excellent teaching but also the prevalence, and importance, of online learning across the country.

The award, which recognizes an “outstanding online teacher for exceptional contributions to online K-12 education,” was created by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

For Dove, their are five practices that she says make her effective:
Read more...

Related link
iNACOL and SREB Announce Nation’s First Online K-12 Teacher of Year Award

Congratulations to Teresa Dove!

Source: eSchool News


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Social Media for Trainers with Jane Bozarth - Complimentary Webinar TOMORROW

Tomorrow!

As I've mentioned earlier about Jane Bozarth's Social Media for Trainers blog book tour, is last chance TOMORROW to attend this webinar there complements Dr. Bozarth's newest book and will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools.

Social Media for Trainers: Enhancing and Extending Learning
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session)


This session complements Dr. Bozarth's newest book and will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for

1 Creating Community & Community Management;
2 Fostering Communities of Practice;
3 Knowledge Transfer and Management.

Presented by Training Magazine Network.
Speaker: Jane Bozarth, Ph.D.

About Jane Bozarth

Dr. Jane Bozarth has been a training practitioner since 1989. In her years with North Carolina, USA state government she has served as Staff Development Specialist for DHHS, the Training Director for the Department of Justice, and the E-Learning Coordinator for the NC Office of State Personnel. Jane's specialty, finding low-cost ways of creating or purchasing quality e-learning solutions, led to publication of "E-Learning Solutions on A Shoestring" and "Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging E-Learning with PowerPoint". Her third book, "From Analysis to Evaluation", was published in 2008.



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Upcoming Webinar: Tips to Securing Your Network in a Mobile and Web 2.0 World

Tips to Securing Your Network in a Mobile and Web 2.0 World
Thursday September 30, 2010,
1 pm PST / 4 pm EST



Attend this essential free webinar to discover how you can protect your district’s network, your resources, and your users from the growing threat landscape opened up by mobile computing, personal devices, and Web 2.0 tools.
Hear about the current and future challenges districts face in terms of network security. Then get proven tips and expert advice on developing a comprehensive security strategy that can protect you from costly and time-consuming security-related downtime — even amidst growing use of mobile and Web 2.0 technologies.
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Infoline: Build a Business Case for E-Learning

ASTD Press has just released this Infoline, August 2010, Vol. 27, Issue 1008.
"Learn how to approach the decision makers in your organization and present the best possible case for implementing e-learning into your training program." writes ASTD Press.

The booklet describes, how people think of training, they tend to think of classrooms, worksheets, and group discussions. But there is a fastgrowing type of training that is changing the way businesses are looking at employee learning and development. It does not require classrooms, worksheets, or flipcharts—in fact, it does not even require you to leave your office.
Welcome to the world of e-learning.
Free Preview

About the authors
Erin Sappington is an instructional designer with Vivid Learning Systems, a leading provider of online training solutions, where she works with clients to provide customized e-learning solutions that meet their unique needs. She advises clients on how to build their business case for e-learning with the decision makers in their organization. Before joining Vivid Learning Systems, Erin worked as a business consultant and trainer for the Missouri Training Institute. Erin has a master’s degree in educational technologies from the University of Missouri.
She can be reached at
esappington@learnatvivid.com.

Jessi Nokes is a technical writer for Vivid Learning Systems. Jessi has experienced the business benefits of e-learning by assisting in the development of a variety of online learning programs. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in communication from Portland State University.
She can be reached at
jnokes@learnatvivid.com

About Infoline
Infoline is a real got-a-problem, find-a-solution publication. Concise and practical, Infoline is an information lifeline written specifically for trainers and other workplace learning and performance professionals. Whether the subject is a current trend in the field, or triedand-true training basics, Infoline is a complete, reliable trainer’s information resource.
Infoline is available by subscription and single copy purchase.


Source: ASTD


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Look at the New Online Learning Video Today at the Top of My Weblog

Anytime, Anywhere: Online Learning Shapes the Future

Is the future of learning online? writes Schools That Work, Edutopia

"Not exclusively. But online learning is expanding access to knowledge and personalizing learning in schools across the country. In regions where teachers (and resources) are in scarce supply, it is an essential solution."


Schools and districts around the country are discovering the benefits of online learning: flexible scheduling, personalized learning, and expanded course offerings despite budget cuts.
For more videos, articles, and downloads from Edutopia's coverage of online learning, take a look at
http://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning

About Schools That Work

In this series, Schools That Work, Edutopia takes a deep look at what school successes are made of. How principals and teachers, parents and students, and schools and districts collaborate to change the futures of their young people.
We share with you the blueprints that the change makers used -- the contracts, lesson plans, and teacher training tools that could be relevant to your school and your path to change.
And one more thing: In our groups and discussions, we put you together with teachers and administrators from around the country trying to make the same improvements in their schools. You will discover how reform comes to life, and how it succeeds.

Related link
Edutopia Channel

Source: YouTube and Edutopia


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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Is Online Education More Difficult Today? by Debbie Owen

Today I have Debbie Owen guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

It’s a thriving industry today, mostly because of the number of people signing up for degree and diploma courses to further their careers or achieve a personal milestone.

There’s no doubt that without online education and the conveniences it offers, it would be very difficult for working people to achieve their academic dreams and professional ambitions. However, online education today is not what it used to be a few years ago. No, it’s not that the quality has fallen; rather, it has improved by leaps and bounds because of the fierce competition from all quarters – even highly reputable traditional institutions like MIT have jumped into the fray by offering courses online

Even so, people are finding online education more difficult than ever before. It’s not that the course material has suddenly become much more challenging, just that there are too many distractions that make it hard for them to concentrate on their lessons. Most people who sign up for online courses usually juggle work and their personal lives along with their classes and assignments instead of quitting work or taking time off to pursue their education. It’s a tough ask, but most people manage to do what’s expected of them.

Today however, the Internet is proving to be a very distractive medium – if you’re online, it takes a great deal of self control to avoid activities that waste time; there are social networks where people seem to be doing or saying something all the time, there are online games that are so addictive that people need therapy to stay off them; and then there are the millions of sites that you can surf even as you’re supposed to be studying or preparing for an assignment.

So if you’re the kind who has trouble concentrating, if you’re not disciplined enough to focus on what needs to be done, you could end up continuing your degree longer than necessary. Some people start out with enthusiasm, but as the months go by, they find that they’re unable to keep up the pace because of other commitments or because they find that they are swayed by distractions.

Today, it’s the distractions that have taken priority – you find that responding to a random comment on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter take precedence over your work, your studies, your friends, and even your family. It’s like the only people who matter and the only things that are worth paying attention to are related to the web.

It’s not the Internet that’s the villain here; it is the way we use it that is detrimental to our lifestyle and inner satisfaction. However, there are people who are clever enough to use the all-pervasive nature of the web to further their education – they use social networks to make their lessons easier, they learn more from websites that provide information, and they search for tools that will help them study more efficiently and thoroughly.

So yes, even though the distractions are many, it’s the people who know how to tap the potential of the Internet to enhance their academic pursuits who emerge winners.

This guest post is contributed by Debbie Owen, she writes on the topic of
online doctoral degree programs.

About OnlineDoctorateDegree.org
OnlineDoctorateDegree.org is a nonprofit website devoted to providing students who are considering entering into an online doctoral degree program with unbiased information which they can use to assess the pros and cons of such decisions.
Created by Debbie Owen in July 2010, OnlineDoctorateDegree.org was created as an outgrowth of Debbie’s frustration with trying to research online doctoral programs and finding nothing but promotional materials or incomprehensible public interest websites. To help fill the gap, Debbie has created OnlineDoctorateDegree as a straightforward non-profit site which discusses the relative merits and drawbacks of obtaining your doctoral degree online from someone who has actually been through the process.


She welcomes your comments at her email id.

Many thanks to Debbie Owen.
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Tech & Learning eNews - September 2, 2010

Take a closer look at these top stories - 09.02.10.


Future edtech leaders added to T&L’s top 100 list
Top 10 social networks for education
Vote for best teacher projects
Back to school with Web 2.0
Are today's students less creative?


Source: Tech & Learning


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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"Social Media for Trainers" Blog Book Tour Starts Thursday! by Jane Bozarth


Jane Bozarth writes on her blog: "the Social Media for Trainers blog book tour begins this Thursday, September 2, with a kickoff post from the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies' Jane Hart."

This will be followed by a constellation of blogging stars from the training and eLearning fields.

Take a look at the blog book tour schedule

Check out the "look inside" feature on Amazon.co


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