I read and posted on April’s blog: http://idlovesedtech.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/denextgen/#comment-4

Here is a copy of my comment:

April,

I found the article on k-12 the most interesting when the authors revealed the different types of learners taking online courses. I agree with your conclusion that online instruction needs to reflect the learning styles of the students taking the course. I am a high school teacher and am finding very little research on high school specific online course design. I agree with your response to Jamie; online instructional designers will have to specialize in an age group to make quality online courses.

Dave

I also posted on: http://bobstreff.blogspot.com/2010/09/next-generation-of-distance-education.html

Here is a copy of my post:

Bob,

I agree that online course design needs to be lucrative to attract quality instructional designers. Moller, Foshay, and Huett (2008) reflected that many online courses were not designed using current instructional design techniques. In order for quality course designs, the instructional designer needs to be properly paid for their services. I believe this is especially important in the online high school environment where online courses are viewed as a cost saving option for struggling school districts.

Dave Harms

References:

Moller, L., Forshay, W., & Huett, J. (2008). The Evolution of Distance Education: Implications for Instructional Design on the Potential of the Web. TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 52(3), 70-75. doi:10.1007/s11528-008-0158-5.

I continued to read and posted at: http://cybergogue.blogspot.com/2010/09/next-generation-of-distance-education.html?showComment=1284760518044_AIe9_BFrhfvy7lpeHlAjnpv1MUkdnNaNE9MD-qjSDpcWK7ILkrFMMT0bZV8hrTcBYQRxvrUI96Y6RbZZRBn36b4nRy7YfuoIyCSzQS2RB5kHWA-bh0cxUHnz21UEaxTDie22JBi7P7IgUxqbPT1C85LagKEoU53U4xxqREVCERsWrdfQcZRwFLrsaxvquxlfHeM2Fb92_V-xnJ6D0okyQyWQtfoshkbjtlSVLsS6c-ua0NV7ZpKbMo1W3Sb8VvEVX2Rhhj4XFhuBk8poeSIsrh17lZBmMVDqs3V0bvpJ_S5HurYSu3WAHUAka89xjxKh0iXxZCpNkXwPU7JePeaomJoXf1MXwzuF9HKyO_2gxi7PPz_Z2O7QZO1V1cx72YSyCoV7IkeGRwdhXVcAzddOifAhZfIofNCIAvyOkaWp6SVuZ_xl4h8RNbtp9KeVqDZtKHOWS6IZZnsx2vI0XCqfDK6o1wqKDayuu5wL-TgmLVhVCa3yA2AAeQUE_AR-SNGnZ6isuwCgECbQYg3271lYPyuNdS3-Krw3YLPCBAEJ8DHFesJR8Ha9iRbGkrnFL0B0Dy3uROowDunz4KUCbEz9U1pU24Yk2asgnf6cVSDU43Fkz793kQll_CNhewG3ULJ_9RKmbiswH1kyh5XIGcoDob5fIM2Aj0SmMt7qrBnwfTSfFVtNTVKpdzbzzycSOHaBwoSDnSLICbRBGDUsJ-VgZXXp1N_Cs7jwoly2OAWivN-X-36HpbrSKgjPaqIHLZK3vpxP8gNorNyh#c1807646167382731126

Here is a copy of my post:

Marlon,

I am working on a KAM featuring the work of Thomas Friedman. Your observation that online learning is a reflection of today’s industry environment reminds me of both his work and the work of John Dewey. I think it may be dangerous to the future K-12 education if online learning is looked at as a cheaper alternative to face to face education. Many children can benefit from online courses, but many others will not.

Dave Harms

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