EDIT 611 - Innovations in Distance Learning

Taken Spring 2010

George Mason University's Course Description

Explores educational opportunities through electronic networks and telecommunications. Hands-on activities focus on planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students discuss emerging applications, and how new approaches to learning can be integrated into today’s classrooms.

Artifacts

Technology Deep Dive

In this course, I researched wikis as a tool that can be used to create authentic learning experiences and wrote a brief paper that detailed my findings.

Click the link below to download my paper.

Technology Deep Dive (paper)

e-Learning Prototype

In this course, I explored the advantages and constraints of distance learning and the different technologies available for use in developing and delivering distance education. Two classmates and I created created an e-Learning prototype on using search engines and advanced search techniques.

Download a copy of the e-Learning Prototype Overview (PDF)

Click the link below to view the e-Learning prototype.

Using Search Engines and Advanced Search Techniques (prototype web site)

Reflection

Innovations in Distance Learning (EDIT 611) was an exploration of the history of distance learning and the current technologies available to use in developing and delivering distance education through weekly readings, discussions, and individual and group assignments. One important idea from this course that I continue to reflect upon to this day is that technology is a (valuable) tool, but it should not be used just because it exists. Sound instruction should be grounded in theory and technology should be used to enhance the delivery of instruction. This course also provided an opportunity for me to work collaboratively with classmates to develop an e-Learning prototype on using search engines and advanced search techniques. We successfully created the prototype through careful time management, clear communication, and a well articulated project plan.