There have been a lot of articles in the press on online learning in the past couple of days – many were spurred by the release of the Sloan report, “Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning,” which I noted in the e-mail I sent you on Nov. 7.
ITC will be archiving the e-mails I have sent you on a WordPress blog – Meghan Maxwell will be sending you an invitation to view the blog today and tomorrow – since we are restricting access to ITC members. You need to register for WordPress to view the blog, but it only takes a minute to register and there is no charge. Chris.
December 7 – The MPAA vs. Higher Education: A Debate
Terry W. Hartle, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education
vs. Stewart McLaurin, Executive Vice President of Education Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America
Date: Dec. 7, 2007 from 1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern Time
Despite years of working together through the Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities, higher education and the content industry still don’t quite see eye to eye. Campuses feel they’re working hard to deal with a problem they didn’t cause and can’t solve while the recording and motion picture associations insist that not enough is being accomplished. In this session, two influential representatives of these feuding camps will discuss their differences.
The event is free, but registration is required and virtual seating is limited. REGISTER NOW.
Online Courses Catch On in U.S. Colleges (the first of a two-part report)
by Larry Abramson
Nov. 28, 2007, Morning Edition, National Public Radio
“When today’s college graduates get together for a reunion someday, they may decide to do it by computer. That’s because right now, nearly one in five college students takes at least one class online, according to a new survey. For professors, the growth of e-learning has meant a big shift in the way they deal with students.” . . .
“Online student-teacher relationships are getting deeper and warmer, thanks in part to growing sophistication about how to teach effectively online.”
Illinois School Looks to Tech Tools to Teach (the second of a two-part report)
by Larry Abramson
Nov. 29, 2007, Morning Edition, National Public Radio
“To see the future of higher education, look no further than your computer screen. Online education is growing at many times the rate of higher education overall, according to a new survey. In the past, some prestigious schools have looked down on distance learning, fearing the quality could never measure up. But now some colleges require that students take at least one course online. The University of Illinois campus in Springfield is small, about 5,000 students. Compared with the campuses in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, Springfield is a tiny outpost on the prairie. But when it comes to online education, this school is a titan.” . . .
“If any of this seems strange, get over it. Because the next wave in e-learning about to crash on our shores is m-learning, as in mobile learning, delivered to your cell phone.”
Geography Emerges in Distance Ed
by Andy Guess
Nov. 28, 2007, Inside Higher Ed
“If it’s been possible so far to paint a generalized picture of the online student – an adult starting a second career, for example, enrolled in a large institution such as the University of Phoenix – that’s only because the market for distance education hasn’t fully matured. Now, a new report suggests, that process is well underway.”
“As demand shifts to different age groups and students looking for specific types of programs, the era of “one size fits all” is coming to an end, argues a study by Eduventures, a research firm that provides advice and consulting services to its members in the online higher education market. Most notably, the idea that learning online renders geography irrelevant is challenged by trends in survey data.”
“Two-thirds of the 2,033 representative survey respondents – all interested in online education over the next several years – preferred to enroll in online programs located in their state, but only 47 percent had done so; the rest were enrolled in institutions located elsewhere. The report points to that finding as a signal that better-tailored programs and improved marketing could exploit a market demand for localized online education that hasn’t entirely been filled. Although Eduventures makes its full reports available only to paying members, charts provided to Inside Higher Ed point to a correlation between living in larger communities and a desire for online providers that are based locally.”
‘Distance Learning’ Gets Its Close-Up
by G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Nov. 28, 2007, USA Today
“Hannah Cross, a marketing major at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, hasn’t let anything derail her from her college degree – not having a baby, not having back surgery, not having to hold down a job. The 22-year-old single mother plans to graduate on time this spring – because she can take classes online and fit her education around her life, instead of the other way around.” . . .
“Online education – also known as “distance learning” – has become an increasingly convenient way to get a college education, especially for students with jobs and families to support. Nearly 3.5 million students enrolled in online classes during the fall of 2006-07, according to the 2007 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, which surveyed more than 2,500 schools and released results last month. Over the past five years, the survey found, online enrollments have grown by an annual average of 21.5%.”
Cell Phone College Class Opens in Japan
by Yuri Kageyama
Nov. 28, 2007, Associated Press
“TOKYO (AP) — Japanese already use cell phones to shop, read novels, exchange e-mail, search for restaurants and take video clips. Now, they can take a university course. Cyber University, the nation’s only university to offer all classes only on the Internet, began offering a class on mobile phones Wednesday on the mysteries of the pyramids.”
“For classes for personal computers, the lecture downloads play on the monitor as text and images in the middle, and a smaller video of the lecturer shows in the corner, complete with sound. The cell phone version, which pops up as streaming video on the handset’s tiny screen, plays just the Power Point images. In a demonstration Wednesday at a Tokyo hotel, an image of the pyramids popped up on the screen and changed to a text image as a professor’s voice played from the handset speakers.”
“Cyber University, which opened in April with government approval to give bachelor’s degrees, has 1,850 students.”
When E-Mail Is Outsourced
by Andy Guess
Nov. 27, 2007, Inside Higher Ed
“In 1998, Dartmouth College was considered at the forefront of campus e-mail. Its homegrown system, BlitzMail, continued to reflect the college’s reputation for being ahead of the curve on technology. Dartmouth students still rely on BlitzMail today, downloading their messages with a traditional Windows- or Mac-based client. But nearly 10 years later, even David L. Bucciero, the director of technical services, calls the service “archaic.” It lacks some of the “bells and whistles,” he said, that most students take for granted with the personal Web-based e-mail accounts they take with them to college. Such features might include the ability to view and compose messages in HTML, which allows the customization of fonts and colors, or virtually unlimited storage space.”
“Those inadequacies – combined with occasional downtime – explain why Dartmouth might go back to the drawing board. And in rethinking its e-mail strategy, officials there will confront similar issues as many other colleges and universities in a time of rapid shifts in messaging habits and in the economics of Internet applications. Bucciero and a planned study group will soon consider whether it’s worthwhile to continue maintaining BlitzMail, or whether Dartmouth should consider for e-mail what colleges routinely do for many other basic operational functions: outsource it.” . . .
“The availability of viable options outside of the university IT department has forced administrators to consider the consequences of abandoning their in-house e-mail systems. Does it make financial sense to keep spending resources on aging proprietary software when it’s available on the Web? Do colleges’ services still offer advantages over those reflexively preferred by students? And in offloading a primary function of the campus information technology infrastructure, what role would remain for administrators who previously oversaw e-mail services?”
What is Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovations?
Nov. 15-20, 2007
You can access the following presentations from this online conference at no charge. Chris
Elearning 2.0 – Introduction And Implication: Tony Karrer, TechEmpower
From Lessons Learnt To Learning Lessons: David Snowden, Cognitive Edge
Learning without a Foundation: Jay Cross
Towards The Perfect Storm – A Golden Age for e-Learning?: Richard Straub, IBM Europe, Middle-East and Africa; European Learning Industry Group; European Foundation for Management Development
Strategic eLearning: From Tactics to the Performance Ecosystem: Clark Quinn, Quinnovation
Let’s Get Real About the Virtual: Steve Mahaley, Duke Corporate Education
Getting Going with Web2.0 Based Learning in the Enterprise: Gaurav Rastogi and Jai Ganesh, Infosys Technologies
It’s Not Innovative If It Doesn’t Educate: Keith Resseau, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Capability Management: Opportunity, Threat or Hot Air for L&D?: Donald H. Taylor, InfoBasis
Corporate Learning Today: How Organizations Are Implementing Ideas: Janet Clarey, Brandon Hall Research
Talent and Workforce Performance: The Fractured Reality: David Wilson, Elearnity
Funeral for a Friend: Industrial Age Learning (1965-2000): Rae Tanner, and Cindy McCann, Custom Performance Solutions, Inc.
Increasing Speed to Proficiency: A Blended Approach: Bill Bruck, Q2Learning
Designing Your Organizational Learning Architecture: George Siemens, Learning Technologies Centre, University of Manitoba; Complexive Systems Inc.