News & Happenings — a Blast from the Past
Keep up-to-date with recent news and happenings — my interests range from web design to instructional technology.
2009 News and Events
Presented the session, No Web Professional Left Behind: Educating the Next Generation at the 2009 Conference on Information Technology sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College.
My chapter, "Anytime/Anywhere Online Learning: Does It Remove Barriers for Adult Learners," has been published in the new book, Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practices.
Even with the convenience of anytime/anywhere online learning, adult learners still encounter barriers and challenges. This chapter explores the growth of online education in higher education and the participation of adult learners.
The chapter introduces K. Patricia Cross' research about the situational, dispositional, and institutional barriers faced by adult learners in the 1980s. The relevancy of these barriers to today's adult distance learners is examined. Characteristics of adult learners are discussed. New barriers for learners introduced by online education are explored, including social interaction barriers, technology barriers, student-support barriers, pedagogy barriers, and accessibility barriers.
Suggestions for removing and/or reducing these barriers are provided, including providing technical support services, offering online orientations, pre-assessing student readiness, providing professional development opportunities for faculty which model andragogy and online course methodology, and designing online courses to support learning preferences of adult learners. Recommendations are made for future research.
Co-presented the session, "No Web Professional Left Behind: Educating the Next Generation" about the InterAct web design curriculum framework at the 2009 TCC - Technology, Colleges, and Community Online Conference. Fellow members of The Web Standards Project (WaSP) Education Task Force: Rob Dickerson, Christopher Schmitt, and Jeffrey Brown joined me for this panel discussion.
Elluminate Session Recording
Attended SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. A highlight was the unveiling of a new web design curriculum framework, InterAct, created by The Web Standards Project (WaSP). Education Task Force. InterAct is intended to be a living curriculum to help schools, colleges and universities bridge the gap between educators and industry best practices. There is a wealth of course materials that educators can adapt or adopt as best meets their needs — including assignments, projects, exam questions, resource links, and even learning modules.
It was a great experience to work with my fellow WaSP Education Task Force members during 2008 and 2009 as the curriculum framework took shape. Web Development & Design Foundations is one of the recommended reference books for the Web Design 1 course. Also check out the Accessibility course — I spent many hours developing this course and organizing materials for it. A shout-out of thanks goes to course reviewers Glenda Sims, John F. Croston III, Virgina DeBolt, Mark DuBois, and Jon Gunderson.
Co-presented the session: "Community of Inquiry Framework: Teaching Presence Encourages Student Motivation" for the StarLink Webinar, "Award-winning Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Online Instruction".
Participated in the online Sloan-C Workshop, "Using the Community of Inquiry Framework to Design and Assess Online Courses".
2008 News and Events
MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learing and Online Teaching, announced that my E-commerce Business Ethics Case Study has been selected by the MERLOT Business Editorial Board as a winner of the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources – MERLOT Business Classics 2008.
Invited by the Web Standards Project to join their Education Task Force's project to create an open-source standards-based web design/development curriculum.
2008 EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference - Co-Facilitator for the panel discussion: "Creating Accessible Electronic Instructional Materials for People with Disabilities"
Presented a Harper College Department of Instructional Technology Workshop:, "Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom: A Case Study".
Received the 2008 Outstanding e-Learning Faculty Award for Excellence from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC).
The ITC is a national organization that promotes effective use of technology to enhance distance learning. Member institutions may nominate an exemplary faculty member for this national award. The nominations are reviewed and the recipient is chosen by a panel of judges including ITC board members, past awards winners and other ITC members.
Harper College Newsletter Article
The 4th edition of my textbook, Web Development and Design Foundations with XHTML, has been published by Addison-Wesley.
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