April 23, 2009
April 20, 2009
Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary ruling rejecting all 57 claims in a software patent that Blackboard Inc. used to successfully sue rival Desire2Learn for infringement.
April 18, 2009
April 15, 2009
Welcome back to humanity. Some technologies take us away from ourselves (think cars and rush hour and road rage) and others bring us back. Web 2.0 is helping us rediscover our naturally cooperative, creative, and gregarious nature.
Don't think, therefore, of Web 2.0 as something foreign or hyped-up or all about geeks; Web 2.0 is the rebirth of teaching and learning that fits what we are as a species.
April 10, 2009
2008 Distance Education Survey Results: Tracking the Impact of eLearning at Community Colleges
In the WA Community and Technical Colleges:
From fall 2007 to fall 2008, eLearning enrollments grew 24%. In FA08, 22% of all state-supported students took at least one eLearning course, up from 14% in FA07. Fourteen percent of all state-funded enrollments were offered via eLearning. eLearning’s growth is driven by its popularity with young students (median age under 24 years) who typically enroll in one or more courses along with face-to-face classes. However, other older students (median age 27 years) are increasingly attending online as evidenced by the growth in students who attend exclusively online. Both of these kinds of online learners increased by 24% from fall 2007 to fall 2008.
- Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation.
- Developing 21st century literacies (information, digital, and visual) among students and faculty.
- Reaching and engaging today's learner.
- Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in teaching and learning with IT.
- Advancing innovation in teaching and learning with technology in an era of budget cuts.
The future of education calls for entirely new kinds of learning environments.
If you think we will need better teachers, you're wrong.
Tomorrow’s learners will need guides who take on fundamentally different roles.
As every dimension of our world evolves so rapidly, the education challenges of tomorrow will require solutions that go far beyond today’s answers.