Thursday, April 20, 2006

How blogging, podcasting, and webconferencing fit in the picture

Whether folks recognize it or not, the future of higher education, if not all of education, has been shifted toward web technologies as a partial foundation.

Taking fuller advantage of the multimedia - casting functions of the web is what is drawing more educators and students into the virtual classroom. Podcasting - posting audio and/or video records of instructor and student contributions is a natural. Interacting in real time through web - conferencing technology is getting bigger every day. Blogging may turn out to be a complete replacement for the bulletin board interaction that currently happens in the threaded discussion forums. I'm trying to figure out what the real benefits of blogging are over TDs. Audio blogging I can see - the rest, I can't I guess.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Spring blooms and tempus fugit!

As summer term looms large on the horizon for anyone in online learning, with Fall 06 right behind, more testing of the whole concept of online learning lies before us. With many colleges seeing flat enrollment growth college-wide, but continued growth in the online side, questions abound. Are we cannibalizing the classroom enrollments? Or are we salvaging enrollments that would not have happened otherwise?

Burkes seems to be on vacation, Ray is busy as ever, and I've finally found Mark Milliron's blog.

I've got to wonder.... does web conferencing by Elluminate adequately serve as a replacement for Interactive Compressed Video in dual credit/multiple remote site situations? The cost picture is just too lopsided to ignore. What's up with that?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Why should anyone here care about distance learning?

Here we are, in RURAL Illinois, on the far edge of one of Illinois's largest community college districts. Why in the world would we NOT be concerned about effectively using distance learning technology? As Web 2.0 applications roll in and students (and their homes) are better connected than ever, we have increasingly good reasons to expect that using Web 2.0 learning tools will be viable.

It sure sounds like podcasting, vodcasting, and blogging could be applied to many, if not most, of the learning directions we pursue here. The trick is: who is willing and able to do it?

What are the benefits of supposedly evolving the learning approach here into the 21st century? What are the negatives?? Anybody out there?? Please reply.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Doesn't everything start with a beginning?

I'm trying again to start a blog, partially to experiment, but also to connect. I am the principal distance learning/online learning administrator at John Wood Community College (http://www.jwcc.edu).

JWCC, a small rural community college , is located in Quincy, IL west central IL on the bank of the Mississippi river. We are one of the smaller CCs in IL but one of the largest geographically. Thus, we are quite stereotypical of rural community colleges in wanting and needing distance learning activity more than most colleges in the US.

I'll connect with others' blogs, such as Burks Oakley II, and whatever else I find that connects. Feel free to write and connect to expand the network.

The name... I like the number 57. It's just short of a minute, not too much to ask of anyone. The area was also once called Forgotonia in that we're in the middle of the country, once tough to get to and tough to get away from....where the jetsetters simply fly over.