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April, 2009:

Fliggo

The creators of Fliggo describe it as “an out-of-the-box, all-in-one, solution for creating your own video website. Whether it’s a video blog, a YouTube-like community, a private site for your company or family, Fliggo is the most flexible platform for your needs.”

In a less flashy explanation, people can use Fliggo to create a community website that looks like a hybrid between Ning and YouTube.

Link: http://www.fliggo.com

A Learning Theory for 21st-Century Students

A Learning Theory for 21st-Century Students
Marie Sontag

The affordances of today’s digital technologies have significantly changed the way students learn. Arguing that current learning theories have failed to address this new reality, Marie Sontag proposes a new theory, social-connectedness and cognitive-connectedness schemata (SCCS) theory, that integrates key elements of other theories with gaming elements in a structure designed to facilitate engagement of students’ social- and cognitive-connectedness schemata. The results of a pilot study using an instructional design model based on SCCS theory showed that students learning in an environment shaped according to these principles developed higher levels of expertise and greater learning transfer.

Link: http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=524&action=article
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Distance Education Stats

We pulled out a table from an article in the  Campus Technology magazine that showed some statistics relating to distance education. The top 3 stats are particularly interesting.

High on Distance Learning, Low on One-to-One

Source: CDW-G 21st Century Campus Study

Source: CDW-G 21st Century Campus Study

Link: http://www.campustechnology.com/Articles/2009/03/01/Technology-and-the-Community-College.aspx

University of Washington: ARTStor now available

The ARTStor image database is now available through the UW Libraries. ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

ARTStor is available at http://www.artstor.org, or can be accessed at http://www.artstor.org.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/index.shtml from off-campus (you must log in with your UWNet ID). ARTStor can also be found on the Libraries’ Image Collections page at http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/images/, and in the UW WorldCat and Libraries catalogs.

ARTStor images can be downloaded for use in PowerPoint or other presentation tools, or images can be used within ARTStor’s OIV image presentation tool. ARTStor offers excellent online help documents through their web site at http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/Welcome_to_ARTstor_Help , including live email and phone support, video demonstrations, and printable help documents. You can also contact Jackie Belanger (jbelanger@uwb.edu), Reference & Instruction / Arts & Humanities Librarian, or Denise Hattwig (dhattwig@uwb.edu), Curator, Visual Resources, in the Campus Library with questions about ARTStor.

If you would like to receive updates about ARTStor features and content, and information about training opportunities and other support offered by the Libraries, please email dhattwig@u.washington.edu with “ARTStor update emails” in the header. You will be added to an ARTStor information email list.

Academic Commons

The people at Academic Commons seek to form a community of faculty, academic technologists, librarians, administrators, and other academic professionals who will help create a comprehensive web resource focused on liberal arts education. Academic Commons aims to share knowledge, develop collaborations, and evaluate and disseminate digital tools and innovative practices for teaching and learning with technology. If successful, this site will advance opportunities for collaborative design, open development, and rigorous peer critique of such resources.

Feel free to join them at the link below!

Link: http://www.academiccommons.org/