Friday, August 29, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Where's the Data? :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, Views and Jobs

Where's the Data? :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, Views and Jobs

Kevin Carey makes some insightful findings with this 8/8 article on the lack of research in some classic assumptions that mark quality education - small class sizes and teaching by full-time professors.

Friday, August 8, 2008

The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority

The web 2.0 discussion advanced to a good discussion of scholarship in this era. Jensen writes on this subject in a Chronicle article

Web 2.0 discussion - Bonk and Siemens

Professors Siemens and Bonk presenting on the importance of web 2.0 - hype or a real advance?

Developing Critical Thinking in Online Courses

I attended a presentation by Ms. Paula Jones, Drs. Mary Ann and Fred Kolloff of Eastern Kentucky University on "best practices for developing critical thinking skills for online learners."

Fred Kolloff proposed that today's employers are not only interested in hiring problem-solving people but really need leaders who can forecast problems or needs for the organization.

Eastern Kentucky University has an Instructional Development Center ( Mary Ann Kolloff provided assignment examples and demonstrated how "softchalk" can be used (

Very well done.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Video conferencing presentation

A quality presentation on the various aspects of video conferencing by Dr. Katherine Hayden and Dr. Joan Hanor of Cal State San Marcos. A link to Dr. Hayden's web site and a copy of the presentation -

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Great presentation on video-based classroom instruction

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

University of Wisconsin - 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

I am attending the 24th annual conference on distance teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a great immersion in the various aspects of distance education. I will be posting thoughts, links, and other information as the conference goes on.