Monday, May 15, 2006

online learning

This from Dave Warlick, quoting Susan Patrick at the ncdla:
  1. Online expands options (high schools offer online course because otherwise they would not be available)
  2. Online learning is growing rapidly (30%/year)
  3. Online learning is effective (research shows that it is equal to or better than face-to-face)
  4. Online learning improves teaching

You take a teacher who’s been teaching for a few years, if they go through an online learning to teach online, they become a better teacher.

Patrick just said something that I think is very important. Please typically write more in an online learning environment than in face-to-face. This is important, because as people write about what they are learning, they tend to become more fluent in the issues of the topic.

The last 2 items are very interesting to me: teaching online makes one a better teacher, and writing (more) improves understanding.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Saskatoon TLt Conference

I must be the last to post on this conference held April 30, May 1-2. (Sigh--such are the confessions of a procrastinator.) Rick summarizes nicely, with links. I enjoyed Curtis Bonk's presentations, though his style is a little too frenetic for me. If too much technology can be distracting, I think too much "pizzazz" may be, too. His practical ideas for online courses (adaptable for f2f & blended), though, were excellent. See a list at the end of this pdf document of the last half of his first keynote.
I attended Denise & Carol's presentation on online roleplaying software, Diane's on building an institutional e-learning strategy, Gale's on ID as social negotiation, and the presentation from Ruth & co. on native studies. David Porter's keynote was very good; what he had to say resonates completely with the blog reading I've been doing lately. Cool to see that he's blogging.
What I enjoyed most, though, was the chance to re-connect with folks who are very much old friends, though I'm still a newcomer on the block. Denise has to be the queen of networking, and I have already benefited from her enthusiastic efforts to draw connections (more on that later, I hope). Denise, where's your website?
All in all, I came away so pleased with the warm welcome that I have always received from fellow SK IDs. (Yes, I created a group blog with that title; any SKIDs willing to try again?) Many, many thanks to all.

Cycling in April

In April, I cycled to Besant and back on the 5th, 10th, and 28th; one way to Buffalo Pound with Darcy on the 14th; to Chaplin & back on the 15th (saw a huge antelope near Parkbeg!); one way to Regina on the 20th; to Moose Jaw and back on the 22nd and 24th (_really_ cold--my water bottle froze!) and then back to MJ for supper. Finally, I made a quick trip to Boharm on the 3oth, so my grand total for April is 500 km!