DEANZ Panel on the Future of Distance Education by Choconancy1 Apparently it's a tropical amoeba?
I don't like tooting my own horn but realize that not all readers of this blog read our group work blog, where I just finished a series of posts about distance learning for continuing education (CE) classes that you may be interested in.
- Distance learning overview - there are other formats like Second Life, although do any organizations offer CE credit for courses there yet?
- Tips for distance learning students - there's not much out there written for non-academics!
- Tips for distance learning educators - also not much written for non-academics nor in formats other than really pricey books, with the exception of the Distance Education Clearinghouse's right sidebar of resources
These were somewhat hard for me to write because I had to keep a broad general audience in mind, not focus on any particular modality's features or quirks, and check my wacky sense of humor at the door with a few exceptions sprinkled in there.
Everyone should be thankful I left our vacation's campfire distance education epiphany out of the equation entirely. A brief glimpse at that trainwreck: Despite having all essential elements present (kindling, wood, fire & oxygen = well designed curriculum), sometimes the educator has to keep blowing gently in different areas to get a spark going... but not too hard or it'll kill the fire entirely... and sometimes you have to show up with a big stick and rudely poke the curriculum (maybe the students or educator?) around until the spark catches... but then do I really want to compare distance learning to blowing, beating, and a fiery inferno?
Yeah. I blame that on my brain decompressing since my last vacation was Snowpocalypse 2008 and wasn't exactly a stress-free experience.
Do you have a split work/personal blog personality too or am I the only one who struggles with this a bit?