Avoiding isolation in an online course

How To Avoid Feeling Isolated in Your Online Course (link to website) The link above leads to a list of suggestions to help online students feel like they are part of an online community when taking an online course. Many students report feeling isolated when learning online.  I especially like the idea of using group […]

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: […]

Taking a “lit trip” with Google Maps

http://www.googlelittrips.org/ Here’s a link to an interesting mashup idea where great literature is combined with Google Maps to provide students with a reading road-trip. The site contains resources for both K-12 and Higher Ed. (delicious tags: K12 Education free higher_education literacy literature maps online reading Resources teaching Technology web2.0)

eLearning for all

In Florida, virtual school could make classrooms history — OrlandoSentinel.com More and more states are expanding K-12 online school options. Choice is good but is this a good choice? Florida will require all districts to provide online learning options for their students.  This could be disastrous if course developers and teachers aren’t familiar with distance education […]

Alabama adding distance ed to all high schools

Alabama seems to be following the old model for deploying new technology if I understand this announcement correctly. They are using $85,000 to fund a distance learning classroom at each high school in the state. While they may be the first to do this at every high school they aren’t the first to use the strategy of […]

Drunk driving & facebook, Online Cheating Legislation

Don’t drink and drive, then post on Facebook Here’s a reminder to think twice before posting something on a social networking site. It doesn’t appear as if the people mentioned in this article were thinking at all. (delicious tags: K-12 Facebook higher_ed MySpace socialnetworking) New Systems Keep a Close Eye on Online Students at Home […]

New Mexico chooses Blackboard for K-20 elearning solution

New Mexico Launches Statewide eLearning Initiative New Mexico chose Blackboard for its K-20+ elearning solution. All public institutions of learning will use Blackboard. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There are advantages and disadvantages to standardizing on a single learning management system. Training should be simplified.  However, I find most LMS software […]

New Mexico chooses Blackboard for K-20 elearning solution

New Mexico Launches Statewide eLearning Initiative New Mexico chose Blackboard for its K-20+ elearning solution. All public institutions of learning will use Blackboard. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There are advantages and disadvantages to standardizing on a single learning management system. Training should be simplified.  However, I find most LMS software […]

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 […]