How do we make sure K12 online learners receive a quality education?

Online Learning Policy and Practice Survey – Survey of the States (link to report) Here’s a report that provides information about state distance learning policies. It’s clear that states are taking different paths towards the same goal of providing learners with options for their education.  Here are the top three issues I see in K-12 online learning: […]

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Students as podcasters

Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom | Edutopia Here’s an article describing one teacher’s experience with having students create podcasts.  The teacher found that when students podcast they increase their knowledge of the subject they are covering. He also  said creating podcasts improved students’ ability to communicate ideas about a topic. (delicious tags: Education […]

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Are downloadable lectures really the answer?

Downloadable lectures: Are they really the answer to every hungover student’s prayers? This newspaper article discusses the use of iTunes U in the UK from a former student’s perspective. The columnist makes a good point about how learning through listening can be done at times when students are ready to learn rather than when a […]

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Lecture to go – 82% of ungrads prefer online-lecture option

Insights regarding undergraduate preferenc for lecture capture  A recent study at the University of Wisconsin E-Business Institute found that 82% of undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison would prefer to have courses with an online-lecture option.  Besides the expected “Making up for a missed class”, students also see using online lectures as a way to improve […]

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Lecture to go – 82% of ungrads prefer online-lecture option

Insights regarding undergraduate preferenc for lecture capture  A recent study at the University of Wisconsin E-Business Institute found that 82% of undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison would prefer to have courses with an online-lecture option.  Besides the expected “Making up for a missed class”, students also see using online lectures as a way to improve […]

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Pros and Cons of Open Content

Understanding the Ins and Outs of ‘Open Content’ Licensing Good article that explains the pros and cons of open content. Overall, I see this as a positive movement in education.  Two possible negatives from my perspective are: Lack of systematic way to provide peer-review of content – We’re counting on a wikipedia model rather than having […]

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Alabama high schools are going online, iTunes U critique, More mini-laptops

Alabama Distance Learning Rolls Out Statewide for 2009-2010 Alabama plans to be the first in the nation to have distance learning (synchronous and asynchronous) at all of its high schools. This should give students access to courses their school may not offer. Will this allow students to take online courses from other schools rather than face […]

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