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90922 Four Innovations Define eLearning

September 22, 2009

One of eSATS goals is to advocate for the word eLearning. Words create mental patterns that define our visions and our behavior. Flying machine evolved from the generic to its own definition of airplane. Educational technology has longed defined what we believe meets its own word eLearning. Eventually the “L” will be come an “l” as email as transformed.

There are two of many reasons that eLearning is needed:

Many people focus on the technology of computers and the Internet. Therefore they fail to grasp the human center of eLearning – teacher and student supported by digital curriculum.

The only way that we can improve education to meet the societal demands for a significant increase in academic performance is to take a total systems transformation approach – eLearning is that system.

Lets take a look at four disparate examples of eLearning implementation to set a foundation for a our high level definition.

1. Austin’s Classical Guitar Society has built a data base of more than 50 songs with sheet music to support a guitar curriculum. High school music teachers use this unique tool to support learning at nine different skill levels.

2. VolunteerSpot is an online service that coordinates parent readers in elementary schools. The pay off is increased volunteer help, on time and on target.

3. The i>clicker software tabulates up to 175 answers and displays a bar graph for the teacher. The teacher asks a question and in a minute he/she knows whether to move on, repeat, or take another tack on his/her instruction.

4. Classroom elementary students have ear phones on and stare at a computer screen. Compass courseware is individualized for the student’s ability and level. Through assessments and monitored and coaching and adjustments for the student. Games and animation help engage the students better than books. The learning stick and students struggling at 40th percentile in math end up in the 80th to 90th percentile.

These examples of digital curriculum, teacher resource coordination, real time teacher decision support data and formative assessment driven individualized courseware give some insight into the depth and breath of eLearning. Only 3% to 5% of learning is support by such aspects. Don’t you wish we would get on with the eLearning transformation?

These examples came from statesman.com

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