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The topics below are just a small sample of the many topics explored within the LearningTimes.org community. All of the themes listed here were explored online during a live interactive webcast, workshop, working group meeting, or podcast. If you click on a session topic, you will be brought to the page within the community from which you can access the recording of that event. You will need to join if you are not already a member. It's free. Join now!


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Dan Balzer

Invisible Web: How to Move Beyond the First Search Result
This immensely popular hands-on webcast with Dan Balzer, Dennis O’Connor and Carl Heine from the 21st Century Information Fluency Project unpacked the "invisible web". The session defined the invisible web and looked at core concepts for helping searchers reach beyond the first search engine result to the superior content of the invisible web.

 
     
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Phillip Long

Podcast Interview with Phillip Long of MIT on Community-Owned Initiatives
A podcast conversation with Phillip Long of MIT on open source and community-owned initiatives, including: The Sakai Project, MIT OpenCourseWare, and the Horizon Report. Recorded at the recent NMC regional conference at Yale University.

 
     
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Michael Roy

Podcast Interview with Michael Roy about Academic Commons
An audio podcast interview with Michael Roy, founding editor of Academic Commons, and director of Academic Computing Services and Digital Projects at Wesleyan University. Roy discusses the Academic Commons and LoLa (Learning Object, Learning Activity) Exchange. Recorded at the NMC regional conference at Yale University.

 
     
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Clark Aldrich

Learning by Doing
Host Paul Stacey led this live webcast dialogue with author Clark Aldrich, featuring an exploration of games and simulations from Clark's latest book "Learning by Doing". Find out how to select, research, build, sell, deploy, and measure the right type of educational simulation for the right situation.
 
     
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Diana Oblinger

Educating the Net Generation: A Podcast with Diana Oblinger
This the first of several recorded podcasts produced in support of the "Educating the Net Generation" live webcast series within LearningTimes.org. Diana Oblinger, vice president for the EDUCAUSE teaching and learning initiatives and director of the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII), answers questions and concerns raised by educators from across the globe. Diana is interviewed by LearningTimes member Allan Carrington from the University of Adelaide.
 
     
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Susan Manning

Creating a CD Portfolio for Documenting Student Progress
This live online session was conducted as a prelude to over 65 presentations by 90 education professionals from across the globe delivered during the Illinois Online Conference 2005 in February 2005. In this session recording, Dr. Susan Manning of Waubonsee Community College focused on a strategy for using audio and video to document student performance, a strategy that may be applicable to many settings and courses.

 
     
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Don Knezek

 

NECC 2004 Wrap-up with Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE
This live session provided a recap of NECC 2004 (National Educational Computing Conference), which is presented anually by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). NECC is the largest educational technology conference of its kind. ISTE CEO Don Knezek led a panel discussion about themes and trends discussed by this year's more than 17,000 education professionals in attendance. Knezek was joined by: Leslie Conery, Deputy CEO of ISTE, Anita McAnear, NECC 2004 Program Chair and Barbara Stein, National Education Association (NEA) Director of External Partnerships and Advocacy, who all discussed major conference themes generated during this year's event in New Orleans.

 
     
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Dan Balzer

Randall Kindley

Jonathan Finkelstein

Hybrid Live Learning Events or "Multiple Venue Productions" (MVPs)
This live, online session focused on the emerging genre of hybrid workshops and conferences (i.e. live learning events with both an online and a face-to-face audience) and explored the possibilities and pitfalls of living at the confluence of these two modes of interaction. Jonathan Finkelstein, Executive Producer of the LearningTimes.org, Randall Kindley, President of The Performance Group and Dan Balzer, Instructional Designer for the ILCCO Learning Academy, moderated this lively exploration with LT members from around the globe.

The investigation of this topic began with a case study by Dan Balzer. A discussion forum within the community is home to ongoing questions and insights among members. The recording of the informal live roundtable of colleagues, practitioners and blended facilitation enthusiasts captures the sharing of observations, experiences and the exploration of the great potential for this "hybrid" format of connecting people. The session begins to uncover the Hows, Whys, Whens and "best things to practice" in designing hybrid live workshops or MVPs ("Multiple Venue Productions"), a term the moderators of this session use to describe this genre.

 
     
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Eric Bassett

Mark Gura

Professional Development in K-12: Trends & Opportunities
This interactive online roundtable explored current trends and opportunities in Professional Development (PD) for K-12 educators. In particular, the focus was on school districts looking to third party resources for PD services and materials. This session featured a discussion with Eric Bassett, Director of Research Practice at Eduventures, and author of a recent report entitled: "Uncovering K-12 Professional Development Opportunities". Co-hosting with LearningTimes Executive Producer Jonathan Finkelstein was Mark Gura, who has been an educator for over three decades. Before taking on his current role as Professional Development Specialist at Fordham University's Regional Educational Technology Center (RETC), Gura spent 18 years as a classroom teacher before becoming the Director of the Office of Instructional Technology of the NYC Board of Education.

 
     
Live Events and Meetings   David Tosh An e-Portfolio Project Pilot in Europe
This live online session, produced by BCCampus.ca, featured a discussion with David Tosh of the University of Edinburgh about his work on e-portfolios within a European Union funded project on adult basic skills certification.
     
Live Events and Meetings   Casey Green "Beginning the Third Decade of the IT Revolution in Higher Education"
"Much as the past two decades have been marked by academe's great aspirations for the role of technology in instruction and operations, this decade may be marked by efforts to make institutions accountable for the continuing (and rising) investment in IT," says Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project in a recent "Digital Tweed" column in Syllabus Magazine.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Richard Baraniuk The Connexions Project with Richard Baraniuk
These webcast recordings explore "Connexions" -- an open source, collaborative, community-driven approach to authoring, teaching, and learning that offers custom-tailored electronic course material, adaptable to a wide range of learning styles. Connexions provides tools that encourage students to explore the links among concepts, courses, and disciplines.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Alan Levine RSS, Blogging and What it Means for Teaching and Learning
The recording of an international live interview with Alan Levine of Maricopa Community College and Garry Putland of EdNA Online (Australia). Michael Chalk (Australia) conducted the interview, supported by LearningTimes member Michael Coghlan.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Mike McCurry ICT Literacy & E-Government with Mike McCurry and Andrea Taylor
A live online interview with Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary to President Clinton, and Andrea Taylor, Vice President, Education Development Center (EDC), and Director, EDC Center for Media & Community. This session explored ICT literacy and the impact of the Internet on the civic process, e-government and e-voting in the upcoming elections. Mike McCurry is currently a partner in Public Strategies Washington and Chairman of Grassroots Enterprise. As former President of the Benton Foundation and in her current position Andrea Taylor dedicates significant efforts to achieving equity in e-government access. The topic of this live interactive webcast is ICT literacy and the impact of the Internet on the civic process, e-government and e-voting in the upcoming elections.
 
    Andrea Taylor  
     
Live Events and Meetings   Carol McCulloch Online Mentoring
This member-led session explored "online mentoring". What is it all about? Session participants discussed the basics of online mentoring and how this process can help employees, students, clients and co-workers reach their highest potential. The pitfalls and barriers to successful implementation of online mentoring were also discussed. This session was be led by Carole McCulloch and Kevin Hartford. It was organized by LearningTimes member Angelo John Lewis, on behalf of the LearningTimes "Virtual Communities Working Group".
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Hillary Clinton Sen. Hillary Clinton and Panel on "Non Traditional Students"
Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) made her first ever interactive webcast appearance as a keynote speaker within LearningTimes. Senator Clinton's remarks were part of a panel discussion on the "Non-Traditional Student". Other panelists included Mark David Milliron, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international consortium dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement; Abe Lackman, President of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities; Joyce S. Tsunoda, Emeritus Chancellor for the Community Colleges, University of Hawai'i and Senior Distinguished Visiting Scholar, East-West Center; and Thomas Flynn, President, Monroe Community College, SUNY.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Martin Dougiamas Toolsday: Moodle Creator Martin Dougiamas - An Online Discussion
This is the recording of an informal live conversation with creator and lead developer of the Moodle platform, Martin Dougiamas. Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a software package designed to help educators create online courses. One of the key attributes of Moodle is a strong grounding in "social constructionist pedagogy". Moodle is Open Source software, which means one can freely download it, use it, and modify it.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Bronwyn Stuckey Internet-Mediated Communities of Practice
A presentation by Bronwyn Stuckey of her methodology developed for an almost finished Ph.D study comparing ten online Communities. What are the conditions sufficient for development of successful Internet-mediated communities of practice (IMCoP) and what part do community initiators play in developing those conditions?
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Robert Elderbob Brannon Toolsday: Introduction to Moodle as a Collaborative Device
"Toolsday" is a member-led, live online "show and tell" session in which a collaborative tool or activity is showcased. This Toolsday was led by LearningTimes member Robert "Elderbob" Brannon and explored Moodle, an open source course management system.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Ferdi Serim ICT Literacy For All, Essential 21st Century Learning Strategies
This provocative program featured Ferdi Serim, author of "Information Technology for Learning", Dr. David Thornburg, Director of the Thornburg Center and Senior Fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future, Ellen Nelson, CEO of Decision Development Corporation, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and participants from around the globe, discussing 21st Century ICT learning strategies.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Nancy White "Online Interaction & Community" with Nancy White
Nancy White, a pioneer practitioner and teacher of online facilitation, joined LearningTimes members live online for a conversation about "online interaction and community". The event, organized by the LearningTimes "Virtual Communities Working Group" took place in their virtual LT office.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Jonathan Finkelstein The Virtual Classroom and Creating Community
Jonathan Finkelstein led this session introducing the use of a live audio-based virtual classroom in building communities for learning online. The session was part of a multi-week hands-on workshop called "Becoming a Webhead" which is part of the "Elecontronic Village Online Sessions" by TESOL. The workshop was focused on how to use Web communication tools for language teaching and learning. Webheads in Action is a community of language teachers worldwide.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Thiagi Thiagi Presents Techniques for the Live Virtual Classroom
This engaging event with Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan provided an overview of some practical, creative and effective techniques or "frames" -- adaptable to your own instruction (online or offline) -- that maximize engagement and learning in the live online environment.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings   Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt Palloff & Pratt on the Virtual Student
Drs. Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt returned to LearningTimes to interact with members online. The focus of this webcast was on practical ideas for working with online students. Palloff and Pratt answered member questions on issues like: learning styles, evaluation, retention, technical readiness, and the challenging problems of plagiarism and cheating. All of these are topics they cover in their latest book, "The Virtual Student".
 
     
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Dan Balzer

Randall Kindley

Scenario-Building Online 101
Wondering what all the buzz is about scenario-based elearning? Here's your opportunity to explore the process of creating a scenario. This recording of a live session by Dan Balzer and Randall Kindley features a hands-on taste of scenario-building and a thought-provoking investigation of how scenarios enhance learning. This session concluded with a discussion of the pros and cons of traditional learning versus scenario-based/experiential learning in the online environment. The live online session also aimed to identify the key pedagogical dimensions of scenario-based elearning. Dan Balzer is an Instructional Designer at Waubonsee Community College. Randall Kindley, Ph.D., is President of The Performance Group, and author of "Scenario-Based E-Learning: A Step Beyond Traditional E-Learning" (ASTD's LearningCircuits, May 2002).

 
     
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Don Knezek

Brenda Kempster

ICT Literacy Summit - Global Collaboration & International Standards
Don Knezek, Ph.D., CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and David Saedi, President & CEO of Certiport joined ICT Literacy Community members from across the globe for a an interactive discussion on international Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Literacy Standards and Certification. The session was moderated by Brenda Kempster, President of the KEMPSTER GROUP, and John Walber, CEO of LearningTimes. The LT-affiliated ICTLiteracy.info communit has produced numerous sessions syndicated live through LearningTimes.org, including the "ICT Literacy for All" series.

 
     
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Paul Stacey

Online Pedagogies For Active Learning
Early forms of e-learning emphasized creation of online content and the migration of passive old forms of teaching and learning to the web. This webinar explored active learning alternatives to traditional lecture, presentation, and self-study. Learn how to blend logistics, pedagogies and technologies to create more engaging online learning experiences. Collaborative peer-to-peer learning, constructivist approaches to knowledge creation, and the use of games and simulations will be featured. The session was led by Paul Stacey.
 
     
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Michael Coghlan

Finding Your Voice Online - Live from NET*Working Conference
This session was conducted in connection with the NET*Working Conference on "flexible learning and online delivery" in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. A group of about 40 conference participants in NSW joined LT member Michael Coghlan in his conference session room to explore different uses of voice technology in online learning. Over a dozen people also joined the session online from literally around the globe, including presenters Michael Coghlan, Jonathan Finkelstein, Jon Baggaley and Anne Fox. This one of many sessions exploring the use of voice in online learning organized and led by Michael Coghlan within LearningTimes.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings  

Steve Coffman

Elyssa Toomey

Alternate Funding Sources for Schools and Libraries
This interactive webcast explored innovative funding models that public schools and libraries may use to augment shrinking state and local fiscal budgets. The webcast was an open forum, allowing all participants to collaborate with industry experts whose topics include: How can one person make a difference? Is commercialization the only option? Do successful funding programs send the wrong message to state and local government? Panelists included: Steve Coffman Vice President of Business Development for LSSI, Inc. and Vice President of Strategic Development for Tutor.com's Virtual Reference Toolkit; Elyssa Rosenberg Toomey, Director of Development for DonorsChoose.org, a New York City non-profit organization that matches teacher written proposals and grants with donors all over the world; and Helen Kennedy and Jim Lewis, CFRE Partners of Lewis * Kennedy Associates.
 
     
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Clark Aldrich

Simulations and the Future of Learning
The webcast was based on the acclaimed book, "Simulations and the Future of Learning", by e-learning leader Clark Aldrich. The session provide some perspective on what is needed to understand, design, build, and/or deploy computer simulations for the current generation of learners. LearningTimes was pleased to have been the first virtual stop on Mr. Aldrich's book tour.
 
     
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Marc Prensky

Digital Games in Education with Marc Prensky
This webcast recording of a live event features Marc Prensky, author of "Digital Game-Based Learning", and an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, futurist, visionary and inventor in the critical areas of education and learning. Mr. Prensky was joined by LearningTimes Editorial Board member and host Paul Stacey. Playing computer games is the most common way that all children use computers. Can the principles that make games so much fun be used to influence educational software? Can digital games be effectively integrated into the classroom? What is the learning potential of technology enhanced play? What role do digital games play in promoting and enhancing social interaction?
 
     
Live Events and Meetings     Toolsday: Online Collaboration and Tapped In
Led by LearningTimes.org member Jeff Coooper, this online "Toolsday" session helped introduce educators to both the concept of online collaboration as well as the 'Tapped In' system in particular.
 
     
Live Events and Meetings     An Exploration of Active e-Learning for Indigenous Youth in Australia
Live from the "Deadly Mob Internet Café" at the Gap Youth Centre in Alice Springs, Australia, LearningTimes member Georgina Nou led an in-room session introducing the use of active e-Learning approaches to connecting, reaching and engaging Indigenous young people in Australia. Georgina explored the ICT literacy goals, activities and outreach efforts of the Deadly Mob Café, while using the virtual space to enhance the collaborative experience among the guests who were present at the physical venue.
 


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