Education on Demand

The 32 presentations at this year’s Think-In offered a glimpse into the future of online learning, specifically the ways technology might be used to improve distance education (DE). The showcase, presented by the Office of Academic Outreach, featured presentations in the areas of course development, teaching methodology, and support and service. Presentations ranged from “Bringing Poetry Alive in a Wired Classroom” to “Blackboard Boot Camp,” but the real eye opener was the incorporation of popular online technologies such as YouTube, iTunes, and Second Life into online courses.

YouTube, iTunes, and Second Life are three immensely popular entertainment-themed Web applications. Each is unique, but they are similar in that they share two traits—accessibility and adaptability—that make them increasingly attractive to DE educators.


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