Learning with Sound, Older Adults using the Web, Attitudes toward HE, Web Sites on Education Access, Probability and Economics

Here are some resources you might find useful.  Chris.

Learning With Sound
July 10, 2007, Chronicle of Higher Education

Shea Shackelford, an independent radio producer in Washington , talks about how professors can incorporate audio projects into their courses. He describes a project he worked on in which students took a road trip in the spirit of Jack Kerouac, recording their interactions and observations.

Broadband, Cell Phones, and the Continuing Reality of the Grey Gap
by Susannah Fox, Pew Internet and American Life Project
June 22, 2007, Presentation at the American Library Association

“Older adults are still the least likely group to have basic internet access and broadband access at home. However, information specialists can design outreach plans that are targeted at certain groups dominated by people age 50+. First, the “Inexperienced Experimenters” who have the assets and the attitudes of a high-tech user group, but need more support to fully engage in the information revolution. Second, the “Light but Satisfied” users who have tasted the fruits of technology and found them less than tempting.”

Squeeze Play: How Parents and the Public Look at Higher Education Today
by John Immerwahr and Jean Johnson with Paul Gasbarra, Amber Ott and Jonathan Rochkind
May 31, 2007, Public Agenda Research Reports

A record number of Americans now say a college education is necessary for success in the workplace and the vast majority say costs should not prevent qualified students from attending. But more than half say college prices are rising faster than other expenses and 62 percent say many qualified students do not have the opportunity for a college education. Minority parents are significantly more concerned about college access. The report finds Americans are generally positive toward higher education, but there is evidence that this satisfaction is beginning to erode. Conducted with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education for the Making Opportunity Affordable initiative, supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education.

EnACT – Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, the mission of EnACT is to support students with disabilities within the California State University in attaining their postsecondary educational goals. Recognizing that faculty play a pivotal role in the success of all students including students with disabilities, EnACT is designed to provide faculty within the CSU system the skills, support and training necessary to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a high quality postsecondary education.  This site includes online resources on the following topics:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Faculty Learning Communities
Accessible Instructional Media

Probability Tutorials
created and maintained by Dr. Noel Vaillant

This site contains twenty detailed tutorials that cover almost every aspect of the field of probability. Some of the topics covered within these tutorials include metric topology and Gaussian measures. These tutorials are complemented by an introductory essay, a set of clear definitions of various terms, and a discussion board. [The Scout Report]

Economics Lesson Plans
The Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning

Lesson plans and other activities divided into thematic areas, such as economic decision-making, goods and services, savings, along with 15 other headings. The resources are culled from a variety of sources, including the National Council of Economic Education, community college professors, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. First-time visitors should take a look at the “Money Math: Lessons for Life” section created by the Bureau of Public Debt and “Climbing the Savings Mountain,” created by the National Council on Economic Education. [The Scout Report]

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Learning with Sound, Older Adults using the Web, Attitudes toward HE, Web Sites on Education Access, Probability and Economics

EPA Restores Library Network, Corporate e-Learning – Key Themes, What People Do Online, Ed Tech Conferences

Victory for Librarians, EPA Library Funding
by Andy Bridges, American Library Association
June 29, 2007

After considerable pressure by librarians, researchers and the public, Congress has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restore its library network. In the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Interior Appropriations bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee orders EPA to reopen the closed libraries. Last year, EPA closed its Headquarters Library in Washington , DC , to visitors and walk-in patrons. EPA also closed several regional libraries, the toxics and pesticides library and the Ft. Meade Environmental Science Center Library.

The language reads: “$2,000,000 shall be used to restore the network of EPA libraries recently closed or consolidated by the administration. While the Committee approves of efforts to make environmental data collections available electronically, the Committee does not agree to further library closures or consolidations without evidence of how the public would be served by these changes. Therefore, the Committee expects the EPA to restore publicly available library facilities in each region. EPA is directed to submit a plan on how it will use this funding increase to reopen facilities and maintain a robust collection of environmental data and resources in each region by December 31, 2007.”

The bill is now headed to the full Senate for consideration. The House-passed FY 2008 Interior Appropriations bill doesn’t contain the EPA library language.

Exploring the Key Themes for Corporate Learning
by Bob Little
June 2007, CHECKpoint eLearning

“Some 150 of Europe ’s top learning technologies specialists gathered in Sestri Levante on the Italian Riviera in June for the ‘Training in Action’ conference. Hosted by Giunti Labs, Europe’s leading e- and mobile learning content management solutions provider, the conference explored three main topics: the challenges, threats, and opportunities for corporate learning in the Knowledge Society; the importance of standards; and innovation in the application of learning technologies – through a series of case studies from across Europe.”

While the conference focused on case studies, there was also a series of ‘round table’ discussions on the ten key topics in European learning technologies:

w Learning communities and social networks
w Introducing skills, competencies, and portfolio-based development in corporate education
w Interoperability standards
w Blending S1000D and SCORM for industrial maintenance and training
w Learning through wearable computers
w Virtual worlds for technical workflow
w Serious games: using edutainment and game-based learning in corporates
w Blending business intelligence, process workflow, search, and data mining with corporate knowledge
w Large LMS/LCMS deployments in worldwide organizations
w Business TV and TV-delivered learning

Web Strategies That Cater to Customers
by Jessi Hempel
June 11, 2007, Business Week
“Blogs. Podcasts. Video-sharing sites. Social networks. Here’s a word of advice for companies scrambling to become a part of these conversations. It’s not enough to build a hub in Second Life or create a profile on MySpace.com (NWS ). It’s time to shift your focus away from trying out every high-tech platform that comes across your in-box. Instead, home in on your customers. Almost every demographic group you can think of is engrossed in the Web these days, and users are getting smarter about their tools. It won’t take long to find the consumers who care about what you’re doing—and tune in to what they’re doing.”

Chart: Who Participates And What People Are Doing Online
from Forrester Research
Classifies the number of Web users as creators, critics, collectors, joiners, spectators and inactives

The Ohio State University Press
Open Access Initiative
Ohio State University Press is making the complete texts of certain books available from its Web site.  “All titles available this way, whether old or new, have gone through the exact same peer review process as our printed books. Any book that carries our imprint – no matter what medium is being used – has been approved by our Editorial Board after a thorough vetting process.  All such works remain under copyright protection and may not be used for any commercial purpose.”

Educational Technology and Related Educational Conferences for 2007 – 2008
by Clayton R. Wright
June 15, 2007
A 35-page Word document listing

EPA Restores Library Network, Corporate e-Learning – Key Themes, What People Do Online, Ed Tech Conferences