There is so much information available on the Internet today, it is incredibly easy to miss many of the great articles out there. Unfortunately, a lot of great content can be overlooked due to the sheer volume of new information available on a daily basis. As our regular readers know, we like to share useful resources regularly on our blog. Today we are piloting a new monthly series called “Around the Web”. In this series, we will share informative, useful, newsworthy, noteworthy, or just plain interesting education and technology content that we come across periodically, so you don’t have to miss a thing! Enjoy the articles below and feel free to leave a comment if we’ve left out a great article you’ve found.
TED is a nonprofit group that sponsors and shares free online mini-conferences, or “talks”, in the spirit of spreading ideas. The popular TED talks series teamed up with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS) for a one hour special, “TED Talks Education” which aired on PBS last Tuesday. The idea is to bring the insightful talks to television audiences. If this program is a success, more collaboration could be in the works. Read the full article from the New York Times by clicking the link above.
This is an interesting article written by David Newton, a professor of business studies. Newton’s article explores the qualities of online students and teachers, and their often-misunderstood nature. In this article he talks about students who are involved in distance learning: “These students don’t pursue online degrees as second best, nor are they students who have somehow been enticed away from traditional universities with promises of a better answer. They choose to study online because it simply works better for them. In most cases, it’s also a far more affordable option than a campus-based degree – and it’s clear that financial factors are increasingly driving higher education choices across the board.” This article is a great read for anyone considering online coursework.
Speaking of online coursework, Four Basic Components of an Online Course is another great article for anyone considering distance learning. According to this article, the four typical components of an online course are: the learning management system, course materials, assignments and group projects, and grading. If you are wondering what to expect when taking online coursework, this article outlines it nicely.
If you are already enrolled in eLearning courses, our final article will offer some useful tips. In this article, Kelsey Sheehy shares four time management tips for distance learning students. Sheehy quotes associate director of student services at ASU, Tamara Popovich: “The big myth is it’s easier to go online, because you can do it at your own pace,” Popovich says. “You do have more flexibility, but it’s not any easier … It’s harder, because you’re on your own; you’re left to your own devices.” Sheehy then shares four basic tips for managing your time wisely. This is a must read for anyone taking an online course.