Courseware Ideas and Collections for On-Line Learning
There are many technologies that can offer a great deal of flexibility in when, where, and how education is distributed. The Teacher's Guide to Distance Learning from the University of South Florida is intended for K-12 educators who are interested in implementing distance learning technologies. It provides an overview of the advantages and characteristics of the various technologies now being used to reach remote learners.
Get Educated, a distance learning resource center, serves the population of students, eligible for adult education. They publish a free monthly newsletter - back issues are available at the site.
Academy for Teaching Excellence is totally an online opportunity in professional development. Classroom teachers on-the-job can view critiques and protocols for lesson plans from many colleagues by examining actual student work. This site encourages self-reflection with regard to the most important outcome of teaching, i.e. student work.
This site, sponsored by the Alaska Distance Education Consortium, does not house online course content directly. It puts distance education consumers and providers in touch with each another. They don't sell courses, build them, or provide them directly. Think of them as your matchmaker in distance education.
Teachscape, with physical offices in New York City, uses case studies, primarily in the form of brief, real classroom videos, of successful practices. Only for professional development, the topics include literacy, math and science and integrated studies, and the course library of teaching vignettes is extensive., Its portal page, my desk, delivers guidance with self-assessment and problem-solving tools, like an opportunity to develop an annual professional development plan. Feedback from and chat with colleagues are available, also. Some special features would help the online offerings to be available from home. The staff and advisors reflect outstanding educational and business experience in multi-media and online learning. One would conclude that the costs are high, because the quality is high.
Distance Learning At A Glance at the University of Idaho describes distributed education and provides a summary for decision-makers.
Advanced Academics has generated 70 online courses with three interest or capability levels: Traditional (more options), Accelerated, and At-Risk. Accredited in the mid-west, this opportunity is a great vehicle for individualizing educational offerings in an era of extreme cutbacks and home schooling.
TELS (Technology Enhanced Learning in Science) delivers online and face-to-face sessions. It is distinguished from other opportunities in that the same courses are implemented by institutions around the U.S. The online instructor is available for questions.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Clearinghouses and Collaboratives
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Education Resources
• Equity Thru Community Technology Centers And Other Models
• Ethics in Science
• Example Virtual Libraries
• Networks for Teachers By Teachers (sampler)
• Simulation & Modeling Tools
• The National Geographic Society