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Theory & Perspective

Academic Earth - Video lectures from the world's top scholars     http://www.academicearth.org/
This web site, founded by Richard Ludlow, collects tens of videos of lectures available on the Internet for free use. Currently, this collection covers 17 subjects including Astronomy, Economics, History, Medicine, and Psychology. The lectures are given by more than one hundred instructors from world leading universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT. Many of the lectures are serial. Most of the videos last more than one hour. I visit this web site at ED 795A to look for multimedia resources for my project.

Against All Odds – Inside Statistics http://learner.org/resources/series65.html?pop=yes&vodid=266985&pid=139#  
This web site provides a video instructional series on statistics for college, high school, and adult learners. Totally 26 half-hour video programs are free online resources. I relied on these video courses to learn basic statistics here while taking ED 690. Although these video courses teach statistics from the very basic, I felt it difficult to learn well if there were no instructors there to provide feedback for questions.

Community of Inquiry                                                                   http://www.solutionwatch.com/512/back-to-school-with-the-class-of-web-20-part-1/
The authors, researchers at Athabasca University and Calgary University, report on their study of the characteristics and qualities of text-based computer conferencing for educational purposes. Using the theory of Community of Inquiry as the theoretical framework, they develop methodology and instruments for three essential elements to that theory: Cognitive Presence, Social Presence, and Teaching Presence. The project ran from 1997 to 2001; however, the web site contains papers from other authors who use original content of the web site to conduct their new research.
The series papers present how to use empirical research method to support and rationalize a theory. The thoroughness of research techniques provided guidance for my research projects in EDTEC 650.

Enhancing Education
http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/index.html
Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, this web site aims at “understanding the science of learning and how new pedagogical approaches and technologies enhance student performance”. Each of the five sections: Learning/Teaching Principles, Design & Teach a Course, Solve a Teaching Problem, Use Educational Technology, Try Something New, Projects, and Other Resources, contains diagrams or relevant links to external resources. I visited this web site when I studied various learning perspectives at EDTEC 540 and tried to find more information about how theories could be applied to practice.

Five Theories for Instructional Design http://www.skagitwatershed.org/~donclark/hrd/learning/development.html
This web site introduces five theories for instructional design: nine events of instruction from Gagne, ARCS model from John Keller, component display theory from Merrill, elaboration theory from Reigeluth, and constructivism. When I was learning about instructional perspectives in EDTEC 540, I found that content of this web site was a good supplementary reading material for that topic. Its introduction to theories is not too broad nor too detailed for instructional designers.

The National Science Digital Library
http://nsdl.org/
This web site, created by National Science Foundation, contains resources and research for teaching and learning science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics. While there are rich collections in NSDL Pathways, there are even more external links that lead to various reference materials provided by institutions such as Academy of Natural Sciences and Association for Computing Machinery. These hundreds of resources are categorized by subject, grade level, type of media, and purposes of usage. Moreover, all resources can be searched by full-text and with filters. The multiple navigation mechanism makes the resources easy to locate. I visited this web site to find resources for instructional design in EDTEC 541, 650, and 685.

 

Usable Knowledge
http://www.uknow.gse.harvard.edu/index.html
This web site, created by Harvard Graduate School of Education, provides article and research papers that can be used to improve learning, teaching, institutional organization, and policy for educational leaders. The contents, text, video, and audio, are all accessible to the public for free. The Usable Knowledge web site is organized into five topic areas: leadership and policy; learning and development; decisions through data; community and family; and teaching and curriculum. Currently, there are more than 100 articles from 55 professors on this web site. Readers can browse by education topics, by current issues, or by HGSE faculty. This web site is one of my essential sources of academic literature.

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Methodology & Tool

APA Formatting and Style Guide, The OWL at Purdue http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
APA style is the most commonly used document style for research papers in social sciences. This web site contains general and detailed information about APA based on 5th edition of the APA manual. Examples given in the web site include general format, in-text citation, endnotes, footnotes, and the reference page. Visitors can read the content on a browser or print a hard copy on paper. Although there are plenty of web sites providing APA guides, I preferred to refer to this web site because I found it very easy to search and its examples are very clear and practical.

National Center for Education Statistics
http://nces.ed.gov/
This web site contains annual surveys, programs, and research reports with statistical data regarding current education status in the U.S. People who conduct educational research will find this resource indispensable. I referred to this web site almost in almost every EDTEC course.

Research Methods Knowledge Base
http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/qualval.php
This web site is created by William M.K. Trochim, professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. It is actually an e-book that addresses topics in social research methods covering formulating research questions, sampling, surveys, research design, data analysis, and research paper writing. The remarkable strength of this web site is that the author cuts the content into small chunks and links using hyperlinks. During ED 690, I was able to easily search for the specific content, and many times I was led to additional knowledge by following frequent in-text links.

SlideShare
http://www.slideshare.net
This web site provides a free web-based tool for sharing presentations and documents. Users can upload their own Word Doc, PDF, or PowerPoint slides to this web site and share them with the audience in a conference or a seminar. Moreover, the uploaded documents and slides can be embedded in a personal blog and become part of the content. I used ZOHO Presentation for the same purpose in most of my EDTEC courses before I find SlideShare. The strengths of this tool are that it supports more file formats and it has better performance in presenting documents on the web.

 

Statistical Methods for Rater Agreement http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jsuebersax/agree.htm
Agreement among raters and diagnostic tests are essential for conducting a research. This web site not only discusses rater agreement but also provides background knowledge, examples, and software on different research methods. This was a great resource for me when I took ED 690. Some topics that were not discussed in ED 690, were introduced on this web site.

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Policy & Trend

Copyright & Fair use
http://fairuse.stanford.edu/
This web site, developed by Stanford University Libraries, collects plentiful resources regarding copyright including laws and regulations, articles, research reports, case studies, guides for obtaining permissions from owners, and links to other universities’ copyright resources. Most of the contents are texts while others are videos. This web site provided me profound copyright information when I participated in the copyright discussion in EDTEC 650.

 

EDUCAUSE
http://www.educause.edu
This web site contains rich resources of information technology for higher education including “professional development activities, applied research, strategic policy advocacy, teaching and learning initiatives, online information services, print and electronic publications, special interest collaborative communities, and awards for leadership and innovation”. Among the resources, EDUCAUSE Connect is a place to share or publish articles. EDUCAUSE Community holds tens of professional discussion groups that focus on various topics such as information system and services, networking and emerging technologies, policy and law, teaching and learning, etc.
When I conducted research projects in ED 690 and EDTEC 650, I looked for references on the Resources section of this web site.

 

Horizon Project
http://horizon.nmc.org/wiki/Methodology
The Horizon Project, launched in 2002, isa collaboration project between The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The major output of this project is the Horizon Report that has been published annually since 2004. This web site contains all documentations created for the project including the annual Horizon Report, research agenda, methodology, tagged resources, and discussions between hundreds of technology professionals and technologists, faculty leaders from colleges and universities, and representatives of leading corporations. While the annual report released the valuable information about the emerging technologies, and miscellaneous documentation which taken together delivers remarkable insight into the process of this collaborative as well as many researchers on technology of the future. Readers can find information about how technologies were proposed and selected; how the professionals from different cities communicate; how the teams share resources in the virtual world; and the methodology and communication tools the project used on this web site.
I visited this web site to search for emerging technologies in EDTEC 650.

 

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl
IRRODL is an open access e-journal developed by Athabasca University. The e-journal publishes between three to six times per year. This web site contains all articles, original research, theory, and best practice in open and distance learning that have been published in this e-journal since 2000. All articles are peer reviewed by a minimum of two PhD-prepared reviewers and are free for access. I searched for articles related to teaching presence in computer conferences during EDTEC 650.

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Implementation

ASTD
http://www.astd.org/
This web site, develop by American Society for Training and Development, contains all kinds of information about corporate training such as industry report, benchmarking, books, and upcoming conferences and training programs. One of the extended content of this web site is the Learning Circuits, a free access online journal. Learning Circuits offers news and articles about e-learning. I referred to that web site for performance technology related articles during EDTEC 540, 544, and 685.

EPN – The Educational Podcast Network
http://epnweb.org/index.php
The Educational Podcast Network gathers a wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to educators. I looked for news clues for writing Future Watch blog essays in ED 795B. I also downloaded some podcasts to my MP3 player so that I could listen to them wherever I go. All podcasts on this web site are categorized by subject and level of learners. When users click on a category, there will be a list of the titles and providers presented on the computer screen. Quality of podcasts varies depending on source. For example, most audios provided by elementary students are experimental; in those cases quality is not strictly controlled. On the other hand, podcasts provided by professionals are much better in audio effect and the richness of meaning.

 

eShool News
http://www.eschoolnews.com/  
eSchool News contains a broad range of information about educational technology. The case studies, best practices, and purchasing experiences reported on this web site provide instructors and administrators with supportive advice and benchmarks for using new technology in learning. The Best Practices section of this web site selects many examples about how today’s K-20 educators use technology to enhance their teaching. In ED 795B, I visited this web site to keep updated of the current status of the educational technology field.

Faculty Development
https://courses.worldcampus.psu.edu/facdev101/student/index.shtml
This web site is an online course designed for new online instructors of World Campus at Pennsylvania State University. Although a portion of the content is specifically designed for World Campus faculty, most of the resources are general and will be useful for any online instructor such as syllabus creating, student analysis, course planning, assessments and interactions guide, and many other resources. I referred to this web site when I was creating job aids for the online instructors in EDTEC 540 and 685.

Open Learning Initiative
http://www.cmu.edu/oli/index.shtml
OLI, developed by Carnegie Mellon University, contains many openly available and free online courses and course materials. All courses are in online format and are designed for introductory college level, self-paced learning. According to OLI, this project is “creating a new paradigm for online education” and “the instructional design grounded in cognitive theory, formative evaluation for students and faculty, and iterative course improvement based on empirical evidence”. Currently, there are twelve courses on the web site. I tried Statistics when I took ED 690 and was impressed by the thoughtful instructional design.

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Clearinghouse

Education and Information Technology Library
http://www.editlib.org/
Ed/ITLib is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). There are more than two thousands articles from six journals including International Journal on E-Learning, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education and three conference publications: ED-MEDIA, E-Learn, and SITE. The articles are all library peer-reviewed. Readers can either register to access full texts or pay by per article.

Distance Education Clearinghouse
http://www.uwex.edu/disted/
Managed and produced by University of Wisconsin-Extension, this web site was launched on the web in 1995. The web site pulls together national and international distance education information. The main contents of this clearinghouse include news, programs and courses, technology, teaching and learning, research and statistics, policies and guidelines, distance education community, and learning environment. I refer to this web site whenever I look for new distance learning programs or articles related to particular topics. Resources of this web site can be informative or knowledgeable. If I cannot find enough information, I will go to another University of Wisconsin web site that gathers more articles, research reports, practical principles, and tutorials.

 

Distance Educator
http://www.distance-educator.com/Category5-All.phtml
This web site, led by Dr. Saba Farhead, aggregates hundreds of articles and news regarding higher education, business and industry, K-12, and military from 674 sources in 53 categories. I used Distance-Educator Classroom while I was taking EDTEC 550 and 650.

What Works Clearinghouse
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Readers can find practical recommendations for educators and reports on the effectiveness of a particular intervention. Educators are also invited to participate in the review of standards and education research. This web site provides a platform for educators to share experiences and learn from each other and from the researchers.
I visited this web site when I was designing the online modules for the client in ED 795A.  

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