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Talking Sensibly About Online Learning

These are exciting times for online learning aficionados. It is an intriguing subject, and one that every educator should be talking about. Those who have taken or designed an online course know there are many elements and educational contexts that make the task of discussing and classifying online learning experiences especially challenging, so I’d like to invite you — online faculty, instructional designers, and interested educators — to respond, debate, and build on what I affectionately refer to as my “Taxonomy of Online Learning Modalities — v2.0”...

 

(reposted from www.nmc.org/news/talking-sensibly-about-online-learning)

 

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We can never take ourselves “too” seriously in education

Kindergarten-1-225x300.jpgBorn and raised on Long Island, I was rather saddened to read that a local kindergarten school opted to cancel their end-of-year play, a long-standing tradition in that school. The reason, as cited by the school’s principal and teachers would surprise and confound parents and spark a debate on whether our nation’s push towards Common Core and higher stakes testing is ultimately depriving students of a meaningful education. 

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  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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