By Stephen Downes
May 24, 2004

Roles of the Students and Teachers in Distance Education
The May issue of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning is out. This item from the journal is a survey paper, summarizing thinking about the roles of tecahers and students in distance learning. By Aytekin İşman, Fahme Dabaj, Zehra Altinay and Fahriye Altınay, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, May 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Understanding Why Students Select Online Courses: Criteria they Use in Making that Selection
Why do students choose the online courses they choose? This fairly large survey hosted on GradSchools.com through its home page lists two sets of factors. First, visitors said the most important criteria in choosing a program was reputation, followed by cost and interactivity. And second, visitors said the deciding factor in taking an online rather than traditional course was convenience, followed by affordability. Hm. Great content isn't there at all. By Mark Shay and Jennifer Rees, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, May 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

University Aims for 2-tier System
The oncoming university crisis takes another step forward: "A proposal put forward would have the state gaining two new public universities and would set up a regional university system in which tuitions could be lower, classes would be smaller and the faculty's main job would be to teach, not do research." Via University Business. By Judd Slivka, The Arizona Republic, May 23, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Bersin & Associates Announces First Subscription-based Research Service...
I question their claim to be the 'first' this or that, and at the same time wonder how many years it would take me to produce 7000 pages of research (without using an automated research report writer, that is). By Press Release, Business Wire, May 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

All Links (By Chapter)
Via elearnspace (which was unjustly left out) comes this nice set of links from Learning Peak's page for Making Sense of Online Learning by Patti Shank. I like the way these are organized; the easier items are listed first and the more complex stuff comes later. By Patti Shank, Learning Peak, May, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

My Brilliant Failure: Wikis In Classrooms
Though the article's message is clear - "To really use a wiki, the participants need to be in control of the content- you have to give it over fully" - I wish I understood just how the exercise turned into a failure. This is what she did: "it's as if I had installed a blog, but only for myself to publish to the class, and allowed them to only make comments." And because he was left out of the article (not that the author had any obligation to cite him), Matt Barton and his "extensive work with using wikis in the classroom". Via elearnspace. By heather@drupal.org, Kairosnews, May 21, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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