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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 391.
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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 390.
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        Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 19:45:51 +0000
        From: Carolyn Kotlas <kotlas-AT-email.unc.edu>
        

TL INFOBITS	December 2008		No. 30	ISSN: 1931-3144

About INFOBITS

INFOBITS is an electronic service of The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill ITS Teaching and Learning division. Each month the
ITS-TL's Information Resources Consultant monitors and selects from a
number of information and instructional technology sources that come to
her attention and provides brief notes for electronic dissemination to
educators.

NOTE: You can read the Web version of this issue at 
http://its.unc.edu/tl/infobits/bitdec08.php

You can read all back issues of Infobits at
http://its.unc.edu/tl/infobits/

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2008 Survey of Online Education in the U.S 
Study of Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning Methods 
"Academia.edu" Networking Site 
Copyright Lecture and Book Available Online 
New Journal for Educational Designers 
Recommended Reading

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2008 SURVEY OF ONLINE EDUCATION IN THE U.S.

"Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008" by I.
Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman, is the sixth in a series of annual
reports on a study conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group for
the Sloan Consortium. Using responses from over 2,500 colleges and
universities, the study sought answers to several questions on online
education:

	-- How many students are learning online?

	-- What is the impact of the economy on online enrollments?

	-- Is online learning strategic?

	-- What disciplines are best represented online?

The complete report is available at
http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/pdf/staying_the_course.pdf

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is a consortium of institutions and
organizations committed "to help learning organizations continually
improve quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs according
to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part
of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at
any time, in a wide variety of disciplines." Sloan-C is funded by the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. For more information, go to
http://www.sloan-c.org/

The Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College (Wellesley, MA, USA)
"conducts regional, national, and international research projects,
including survey design, sampling methodology, data integrity,
statistical analyses and reporting." For more information, go to
http://www3.babson.edu/eship/aboutblank/

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STUDY OF ASYNCHRONOUS AND SYNCHRONOUS E-LEARNING METHODS 

"The debate about the benefits and limitations of asynchronous and
synchronous e-learning seems to have left the initial stage, in which
researchers tried to determine the medium that works 'better' -- such
studies generally yielded no significant differences. Consequently,
instead of trying to determine the best medium, the e-learning
community needs an understanding of when, why, and how to use different
types of e-learning."

In "Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning" (EDUCAUSE QUARTERLY, vol.
31, no. 4, October–December 2008), Stefan Hrastinski writes on the
"benefits and limitations of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning."
He provides useful tables comparing the two to help instructors
understand when, why, and how to use these delivery modes.

The paper is available at
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EQM0848.pdf (PDF format) and
http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/AsynchronousandSynchronou/47683
(HTML format).

EDUCAUSE Quarterly, The IT Practitioner's Journal [ISSN 1528-5324] is
published by EDUCAUSE, which has offices in Boulder, CO, and
Washington, DC. Current and past issues are available online at
http://www.educause.edu/eq/

See also:

"Exploding the Myths of Synchronous E-Learning"
By Clive Shepherd 
INSIDE LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES, November 2008
http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/magazine/article_full.cfm?articleid=291&issueid=29 

	"Live events have immediacy, they facilitate networking, they
act as targets by which activities must be completed, and they're
simpler to design and support."

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"ACADEMIA.EDU" NETWORKING SITE

Earlier this fall, a team of people from Oxford, Stanford, and
Cambridge Universities launched the website, Academia.edu, which does
two things:

-- It shows academics around the world structured in a "tree" format,
displayed according to their departmental and institutional
affiliations.

-- It enables academics to see news in their area of research.

The site's founders are hoping that Academia.edu will eventually list
every academic in the world, including faculty members, post-docs,
graduate students, and independent researchers. People can add their
departments and themselves to the tree. Individual entries can list the
academic's research interests, papers and books, websites, talks,
courses taught, and CVs.
 
To view the site and to add your entry and/or department, go to
http://www.academia.edu/

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COPYRIGHT LECTURE AND BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE

Last month, as part of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain
Information Ecology Lecture series, Duke Law Professor James Boyle gave
a talk titled "A Song's Tale: Mashups, Borrowing and the Law." You can
watch the webcast of the lecture online at
http://realserver.law.duke.edu/ramgen/fall08/cspd/11242008.rm

The lecture was held in conjunction with Boyle's new book, THE PUBLIC
DOMAIN: ENCLOSING THE COMMONS OF THE MIND (Yale University Press,
2008), which he is making available for reading online at
http://www.thepublicdomain.org/

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NEW JOURNAL FOR EDUCATIONAL DESIGNERS

EDUCATIONAL DESIGNER [ISSN 1759-1325], a free online journal published
by the International Society for Design and Development in Education
(ISDDE), "is intended to promote excellence in the research-based
design, development, and evaluation of educational products and
processes in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and
technology." 

Areas in which contributions are expected include:

	-- What can good educational design achieve?
	-- What makes a good design? 
	-- Issues in design and design research
	-- The roles of evaluation
	-- Research methods, including documentation of outcomes
	-- Theory of design
	-- Long term strategies

The journal is available at http://www.educationaldesigner.org/

The goals of ISSDE are to "improve the design and development of
educational tools and processes; increase the impact of good design on
educational practice; build a design community that will move forward
toward these goals." For more information contact: Hugh Burkhardt,
Chair, ISSDE; tel: +44 115 951 4411; email:
hugh.burkhardt-AT-nottingham.ac.uk; Web: http://www.isdde.org/isdde/

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RECOMMENDED READING

"Recommended Reading" lists items that have been recommended to me or
that Infobits readers have found particularly interesting and/or
useful, including books, articles, and websites published by Infobits
subscribers. Send your recommendations to carolyn_kotlas-AT-unc.edu for
possible inclusion in this column. 

"Better Learning with Sites and Sound"
By Andy Guess
INSIDE HIGHER ED, December 3, 2008
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/12/03/audio 

"One qualitative study, which surely won't be welcomed by manufacturers
of basic word processing software, found that students who create and
edit documents using Web-based collaboration tools include more complex
visual media in their assignments -- and come away with a better
understanding in the process. Another ongoing experiment finds, with
statistical significance, that instructors can be more effective in
grading students' work if they record their comments directly into
documents as audio."

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