Category Archives: Virtual Learning

Passport to Learning

Note: this site is both a blog and a resource. The blog posts begin below this introductory post.

For us, the 23 Things Kansas program opened up a new way to look at learning online. Follow the Passport to Learning, and we’ll show you how you can board your favorite computing device and explore the wonders of “Virtual Learning: A World of Opportunity”. Cindi Hickey and Heather Braum will be your tour guides, flight attendants, and cruise directors. (The slides from our 2011 Computers in Libraries presentation are available are here.)

  1. Lifelong Livelong Learning
  2. It’s All About the Access
  3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  4. The Fear Factor
  5. Lost in Translation
  6. Show Me the Money
    1. Watching examples
    2. Reading examples
    3. Listening examples
    4. Doing examples
  7. Through the Looking Glass
  8. The Travelers

[As always, thank you to the original 23 Things program, Learning 2.0, from PLCMC.]

Photo Credit: “Oh The Place’s You’ll Go 1” by Flickr user ForestForTrees under a CC license.


The Case for the Virtual Classroom

From Mashable in January 2011:

Online education is often dismissed as a pipeline for expensive degrees of little value and a sponge for veterans’ tuition payments. But while it’s true that for-profit universities have made a hefty business out of e-learning, it’s becoming apparent that learning online can also benefit almost everyone else.

“It’s very clear that five years from now, on the web, for free…you will be able to find the greatest lectures in the world on the web,” Bill Gates recently predicted in an interview at Techonomy 2010.

  1. Online Education “Doesn’t Have to Suck”
  2. Universities Have Limited Physical Space
  3. Education Can Change the World
  4. Global Understanding Is More Important than Ever
  5. The Internet Empowers Self-Motivated Learners
  6. The Virtual Classroom Can Make the Physical Classroom More Effective