This site is under heavy development at the moment and is part of the University of the Pacific's E-Learning Initiative.  As Coordinator of the Elearning Initiative, this site is an attempt to collect and organize relevant and useful information regarding the creation and delivery of both online and blended courses using Sakai and other Web 2.0 tools.

Please address any questions and comments to djordan@pacific.edu.

From the [pacific]eLearning Blog

  • Doing What Comes Naturally? Student Perceptions and Use of Collaborative Technologies A study published in the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Jason Kalin on student perceptions on collaboration. One of the more interesting findings is the observation that students tend to view collaboration projects as "just another course requirement," that is, it is not something that they view as effective or ineffective, merely a neutral obstacle that needs to be done. There are mixed results of those who like such work, and those who find little value, but the effectiveness or pedagogical justifications of such assignments are not overtly valued.  What is more, the paper identifies two basic types of collaborations: hierarchical collaboration which is a view where collaboration is seen as a transfer of information ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2012, 10:26 AM by Donald Jordan
  • Diplomas and degrees vs. badges and achievements Another interesting article on potential conceptual disruptions in education. http://chronicle.com/article/Badges-Earned-Online-Pose/130241/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en In the end, I think it is all boiling down to a struggle between One-Size-Fits-All vs. Customization. In the end, I’m not sure if it really will be technology in the classroom that revolutionizes education rather than the back room organizational technologies that will really make a difference for an institution and the student’s overall personalized experience. It’s quite a conceptual shift to go from taking a program and walking away with a certificate or a degree to walking away with several dozen specialized badges detailing concepts, work ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2012, 1:43 PM by Donald Jordan
  • Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) on “Online Learning Today...and Tomorrow.” The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield is experimenting with a Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) on “Online Learning Today...and Tomorrow.”  The course begins on June 27th and will continue for 8 weeks while covering a variety of topics including the state of online learning today, online learning research, technologies, mobile apps, public/private/open learning, collaboration and collectives, and the future of online learning.There are currently more than 1300 people signed up for the course.  Unlike smaller, dare I say 'Traditional' online courses, a MOOC is modeled after the community experience in online learning.  Therefore, rather than just a few people in a familiar class like setting, students in a ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2011, 11:26 AM by Donald Jordan
  • Guidelines for Online Teaching Success By: Mary Bart in Distance Learning AdministrationYears ago at a faculty meeting Larry Ragan, PhD, director of Faculty Development for Penn State’s World Campus, was trying to soft-sell the idea of performance expectations for online faculty. He didn’t want the discussion to be misinterpreted as an indictment against their teaching style, but he also saw an opportunity to share proven practices for improving the online teaching and learning experience. Finally a senior faculty member grew tired of the tip-toeing around the subject and said, “If you don’t tell us what is expected, how will we know what to do to succeed?”The faculty member’s point was well taken, and over the years Ragan ...
    Posted May 18, 2011, 9:02 AM by Donald Jordan
  • Tuning: A Tale of Adventures in Learning This video is about what happened when Lumina Foundation for Education gave three states funding to try "Tuning" their colleges and universities to improve the quality of student learning, as told by Catalytica.  The video frames the challenges facing higher education in the United States as one of transition into a knowledge economy.  At its heart, this video is about the transition from a teaching centered approach to a learning centered approach-but it also acknowledges that student's must be challenged in a learning centered approach. 
    Posted Apr 14, 2011, 8:56 AM by Donald Jordan
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Recent Updates

  • 2020EducationForecast.pdf   658k - Jun 23, 2011, 11:07 AM by Donald Jordan (v1)
    ‎Infographic detailing changing demographics of students over the next 10 years.‎
  • 2020 Students Chronicle Article.pdf   885k - Jun 23, 2011, 11:06 AM by Donald Jordan (v1)
    ‎Report from the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding projections of university education in 2020.‎
  • 2011 Horizon Report   0k - Feb 9, 2011, 11:36 AM by Donald Jordan (v1)
    ‎an annual look at technology trends affecting higher education, points to mobile devices as one of six technologies to watch.‎
  • ELI3023.pdf   575k - Nov 22, 2010, 1:20 PM by Donald Jordan (v1)
    ‎Blended Learning: A Report on the ELI Focus Session Abstract: On September 15 and 16, 2010, the ELI teaching and learning community gathered for an online focus session on blended learning. This white paper is a synthesis of the key ideas, themes, and concepts that emerged from those sessions. This white paper also includes links to supporting focus session materials, recordings, and resources. It represents a harvesting of the key elements that we, as a teaching and learning community, need to keep in mind as we work to refine the blended instructional delivery model in higher education.‎
  • Copying right and copying wrong with web 2-0 tools in the teacher education and communications classrooms.pdf   87k - Nov 18, 2010, 10:39 AM by Donald Jordan (v1)
    ‎Abstract: Understanding the tenets of copyright in general, and in particular, in online communication and publishing with Web 2.0 tools, has become an important part of literacy in today’s Information Age, as well as a cornerstone of free speech and responsible citizenship for the future. Young content creators must be educated about copyright law, their own rights as content creators, and their responsibilities as producers and publishers of content derived from the intellectual property of others. Educators should prepare them for responsible and ethical participation in new forms of creative expression in the Information Age. The recent integration of video and audio content and the implementation of Web 2.0 tools in the contemporary English language classroom has made this learning environment a particularly appropriate proving ground for the examination of current student practices with respect to intellectual property. This paper describes an approach employed with English education and communications students to prepare them for such a complex subject matter.‎
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