Monthly Archives: February 2012

eLearning on Pinterest

Have you started pinning yet? Here is an eLearning board: http://pinterest.com/wiredinstructor/e-learning-and-online-teaching/

I’ve been debating between ScoopIt and Tumblr for an expansion of this blog but didn’t consider Pinterest. This whole “curation” phenomena amazes me. How are you using (or would you use?) these tools in teaching and learning??

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OnlineCommunityColleges.org – website LIVE!

The OnlineCommunityColleges.org website is now live.  This is the home for the information provided by the national online community college program consortium ICC joined in 2011-12.  Please take a look at the site and use the Comments feature of this blog entry to share your feedback!

http://onlinecommunitycolleges.org/

eTexts – an all or nothing solution?

As a visual/tactile person, I’ve personally struggled with the notion of going to all-electronic books for any sort of reading – pleasure or academic. However, I’m not 100% sure students are getting a $100 return on investment on the required text for the hybrid course I am teaching this semester.

What are your thoughts on print and electronic texts? If we require a text in print should we also offer it in electronic format? Should we select e-texts that don’t offer a print option? How do we help students make informed decisions about print and e-text selection (i.e. prevent a student from purchasing an e-text but them simply attempting to print the entire thing)? Do you have an all-or-nothing preference for print or e-text? Why or why not?

Check out OpenStax College’s website, their philosophy and the materials they have available for free online and low-cost in print:

OpenStax College provides your students with professional-quality textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. Our books are peer-reviewed and backed by top-of-the-line supporting materials. And while our books meet standard scope and sequence requirements, they are also customizable by you if your needs are different.

Digital Learning Day – February 1, 2012

At the risk of exposing my weakness for bad reality TV, I’m ‘tardy for the party’ by announcing February 1, DIGITAL LEARNING DAY, so late in the day (thanks, Mark DuBois, for the reminder.)  We just missed Gov Bob Wise from Georgia (who was here in Peoria speaking on technology in education earlier this year).  Follow the link to visit the website.  Send your favorite techie an e-card (it doesn’t appear Hallmark has a card for this holiday…yet) and hope to see mention of this next year when it rolls around!