Chapter 3: E-Demand around the Globe (Opener #2: E-Learning and Blended Learning)

K-12 E-Learning (Opener #2): The state of Michigan has mandated 20 hours of online experience to complete high school; in effect, requiring every student to take at least one online class to pass high school. The state of Florida has mandated online course access in every school district from kindergarten through high school. These are signs that the online learning momentum is not going to subside anytime soon.

Higher Education E-Learning (Opener #2): Most courses in universities settings today have some type of online component. Some institutions like the University of Illinois at Springfield and the University of Central Florida now offer many of the exact same courses in face-to-face, blended, and fully online formats. Students are allowed to select the delivery mode that works for them. E-learning is also exploding in Asia with 7 of the largest universities in the world, all with over 100,000 students. While the University of Phoenix may have over 400,000 students, Ramkhamhaeng University in Thailand has more than 600,000 and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has nearly 2 million students. The Open University of Malaysia has exploded from just 800 students in 2001 to over 80,000 students in 2009. That is some 10,000 additional students per year!

#1 - How has PSD/your school prepared students, teachers, and staff for e-learning?

#2 - Start to build a collection of e-learning and blended learning resources using Diigo (an educational bookmarking, annotation and collaboration tool). The World is Open Diigo Group is open below, just click "Join Now". If you do not have an account in Diigo, please create one. Watch this slide presentation to understand Diigo as a tool and its uses. You will navigate how to set up an account and the various functions of the tool. Begin bookmarking the resources you discover from your Web search; members of the this book study group will have instant access to these resources.

Watch Curtis Bonk speak about weather and health concerns for e-learning and blended learning:

#3 - How might PSD/your school deal with future disasters (medical, weather, or other) that close school for an extended period of time? Has PSD/your school made any plans to include e-learning to meet these challenges?

#4 - How do administrators in PSD model participation in e-learning for professional learning?

#5 - How does PSD build expectations for e-learning for both teacher professional growth and the education of students?

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Confucius Institute at Michigan State University: __
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) in Ohio: __ php__
Florida Virtual School: __
FreeRice: __ php__
GoArmyEd: __ aspx__
Indiana University High School: __ highschoolcourses.php__
Indira Gandhi National Open University: __
Jones International University: __
K-12 Homeschooling, Inc: __
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NC Learn and Earn: __
North American Council for Online Learning: __
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U21 Global: __ Education/home__
University of Central Florida (enrollments): __ character/current.html__
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University of Phoenix: __
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Utah Electronic High School: __ ehs/__
The Voyages of the S/V Roam (includes weblogs of Karen Fennell and her family): __ html__
Walden University: __
Western Governors University: __
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