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10/14/2007

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Cole Camplese

Joel ... thanks for the comment and thank you for passing this along. I have some more thoughts to share on the topics and am wondering if getting a larger group of people to bang the conversation around would be worth while? Keep in mind that I am likely to act sooner rather than later on it and would love to get some feedback to where my head (and experience) is leading me. I also agree that learning design in general for the Internet needs more attention -- I read you post on the subject and fully agree we cannot get caught up in the technology too much ... it is after all, about learning.

D'Arcy Norman

Sounds a bit like Jim's EarlyAmericas course, built on WordPress.com and PBWiki.com

http://earlyamericas.wordpress.com

I'm struggling with this too - most of the "course" projects we've had are shovelware page turners. Not effective or inspiring. But that's what the clients are demanding. Much of the shift needs to happen behind the scenes, where people need to stop expecting static online books as the pinnacle of course design...

Joel Galbraith

I'm thinking...
This is no trivial puzzle that has also occupied my thinking of late...I feel like the Grinch (who stole Christmas) in that my puzzler is getting sore on this particular issue...teachers and online teaching practice need the same level of thought, since the platform and tools are only 1/3 of the equation (the students and tools are coming along, but online teaching practice generally seems to be lag a smidgen...perhaps)
I'm still puzzling and have shared your questions with our IDD group at World Campus.
-Joel G.

Cole Camplese

Steve, thanks for the comment! I have to say, watching faculty get turned onto using technology the right way to impact their teaching is what it is all about. The work you have done and continue to do is what we should be modeling -- faculty members who are willing to go the distance in finding new and innovative ways of keeping students engaged.

BTW, of all things, my Mom downloaded and listened to the podcast we did about a year ago and fell in love with it -- I think she asked me something along the lines of "who is that guy? What a voice! What great music!" They were out visiting this past weekend and we sat down and listed to your album and they were hooked! Great stuff!

As a pointer, take a look at "Little Kids Rock!" It is such a cool project. Keep pushing and keep trying new stuff ... it pays off!

Stephen Hopkins

Hi Cole, Just checking in to see the state of innovative learning, and think I can offer a perspective for consideration . . . that of an online instructor, one committed to the cause but who still feels well behind the curve when it comes to using these technological tools. I'm just getting a blog going for the Music 007 courses, but not much action yet (since it's not a course requirement). Anyway, I just want to say, yes, you can ask the faculty to work with you. And we want to work with you. But I think some of us will always be playing catch-up with the technology, and we'll have to have these new tools explained to us. Even so, once we understand the capabilities of the various technologies, I think we'll have something to offer when the talk turns to applications within our respective fields. Steve

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