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November 16, 2010

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Class Differences: Online Education in the United States, 2010
I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman, Sloan Consortium, November 16, 2010.

Sloan Consortium report on the state of online learning in the United States. It reports that online learning remains strategically important, that it is growing far more rapidly than learning in general and has been accelerated by the declining economy. Regulations on financial aid have left educators undecided, but there's no evidence that enrollment growth will end any time soon.

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Learning Technology - Pervasive Learning and Usage of Sensors in Technology Enhanced Learning
Various Authors, Learning Technology, November 16, 2010.

Interesting issue of Learning Technology, focusing on pervasive learning and usage of sensors in technology enhanced learning. "By using sensors and small computers embedded in learning objects, the current leaning context as well as surrounding learning objects can be identified and considered in order to provide learners with context-based learning experiences by adjusting information, resources and activities to the learners' current context and situation." In particular, I liked the collaborative lifecycle-oriented learning (CoLL) approach (pictured above, from Guo, Zhang and Imai) which to me seems very close to the approach that would be taken to gradually integrate learners into a professional community.

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Free Video Lectures
AnkammaRao R, Website, November 16, 2010.

Other sites have done similar things, but it's hard to find a more conveniently assembled collection of educational videos. 750 Online Courses, 18400 Videos, 35 Categories. Not a hint of commercialism (yet?).

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Global Education Conference - Resources
Various Authors, Website, November 16, 2010.

Here are some resources I found via the ongoing Global Education Conference:
- Roots & Shoots - campaign-based learning from the Jane Goodall Institute
- Challenge-based learning - from Apple - white papers and reports
- Tundra Connections - Polar Bears in a Changing Climate - live video streaming from scientists in Churchill, Manitoba
- Centre for Global Education - a service run by Edmonton Public Schools (note that actual resources are private)
- Global Education - resources supporting global learning
- Web Projects - a list of mostly web quest and similar types of projects
- Journeys in Film - education for global understanding
- Millennium Goals - commitments for women's and children's health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease

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