Additional Web Resources
The CTE also provides access to additional resources to assist you with the meaningful use of technology to support online teaching and learning.
The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education. Membership in the Sloan Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community, and direction for educators. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit, member sustained organization. Sloan-C publishes the Sloan-C View, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), and annual volumes of applied research studies; and conducts research, annual surveys on online learning and forums to inform academic, government and private sector audiences.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. VCU is an institutional member of EDUCAUSE which provides access to the full range of their resources. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative has excellent resources that explore the impact of technology on teaching and learning. Search “online learning” to pull up a number of articles on best practices.
- The Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Group
The TLT Group helps people in educational institutions to improve teaching and learning by making more appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology. VCU is an institutional member of TLT which provide VCU faculty with complete access to their resources which includes research studies, an online survey tool called Flashlight online, web-based seminars, and more. An institutional login is required, please contact Jeff Nugent at the CTE for login access.
George Siemens is Associate Director, Research and Development with the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba. This website is his attempt to do the same thing we have attempted here in this online resource guide - create a resource on learning, networks, and ecologies that links many disparate resources, in an attempt to give a complete, whole picture view of the learning experience, one that, as George says, appeals to the beginner - and to the guru.
- Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning Wiki
The Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning (HETL) has been designed by Peter Tittenberger and George Siemens as a resource for educators planning to incorporate technologies in their teaching and learning activities. It examines change pressures and trends, emerging technologies and their fit with teaching and learning, and the new skills needed by learners and educators in this emerging world.
- Ning Sites
Ning offers any organization or group the ability to quickly create a social network based on common interests. To date, there are over 1.3 million Nings (including a number that are class-based – in effect, replacing the course management system. A small number are focused on elearning; among them are: