Analysis and Comparison of Rationales for eLearning

  1. Virginia Tech E-Learning Strategic Plan-1 
  2. West Valley College Strategic Plan for E-Learning


The two institutions I decided to dissect are the West Valley College and Virgina’s Techs plan. Both universities primary focus is to expand on fully online distance education courses as well as provide more blended courses with enhanced multimedia enrichment.

With the overwhelming amount of options available to higher education institutions, it is pertinent that due diligence and proper attention be given to the various offerings that currently exist in this domain. Numerous post-secondary institutions have realized over the past decade that the need to develop strategies and methodologies designed to take advantage of these new offerings.

In a recent article posted by Clay Shirky on the issues facing Higher Education, he addresses increased tuition costs, and how as a result of a series of temporary solutions over the past 40 years they have created a crisis. These decisions have been made in order to preserve a set of practices that have been in place since their existence. Shirky contends that tuition has risen steeply due to various factors. One of which is the competition between universities to entice the best and the brightest. This has caused staff sizes and faculty numbers to balloon and lead to the creation of unnecessary facilities and labs: and today’s students are footing the bill. Read more

St. Malachy’s Memorial High Video Morning Annoucnements

This past year I was lucky to be involved in the development of video morning announcements at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School. Working collaboratively with the administration, the student council, and the teaching faculty, we were able to find a new format that was effective and engaging for all those involved.

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Why we should be wary of twitter and how to properly integrate it in schools

As we embark into the new world of Web 3.0 there are an ever growing number of social media tools at our disposal to access and utilize for educational purposes. There is an increasing amount of literature regarding these human-object relationships and how they are transforming our current culture, and in turn, how that is affecting the new “learning ecology.”

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Reaching new frontiers with Twitter

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”
– Marshall McLuhan

Place yourself on ledge looking down 120,000 feet down towards the earth. If you had one last thing to say before plunging yourself towards certain harm or death, what would you say? In addition, how would you convey that message to the world? One of the latest members to the social media platform twitter, Felix Baumgartner, plunged himself into the new service by using his 18th tweet to deliver his last thoughts.
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If Content is King, then multiscreen is Queen

Multiscreenworld Final

Killing time after supper last night I stumbled across this article by Ingrid Lunden on Tech Crunch. It’s one of the first times I’ve seen a break down of multi-device usage, which lets face it, is a common occurrence for most of us throughout the day.
The thing that surprised me the most wasn’t the fact that we went to our phones first for our initial research but how long we stayed with that device before making the switch to a laptop or other desktop. For me what this indicates is the true power of the smartphone. They truly are remarkable. I know it’s true functionality hasn’t reached Canada yet, but I still am blown away every time I see a Siri commericial for the iPhone 4S.

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Gaia Project at St. Rose

The Gaia Project believes that students learn best when engaged in doing, thus empowering them to find a creative solution to a problem that has very little in the way of constraints. This is true at all levels of education – elementary, through to middle and high schools. The goal is to have students contribute to sustainability planning throughout all levels of their public education.

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