This section lists URLs for key Websites within WAOE itself, and other URLs related to online education which have been identified by members.
This issue's New Links are all focused on using the Interent as a mechanism to gather information for research purposes of one kind or another. The links have been gleaned from a variety of newsgroups and discussion forums. The links appeared with the past few weeks, but it is not always clear whether the project concerned are still running. Members may be interested in responding directly to the online surveys and other calls for information or participation, or just to make contact with the enterprising researchers.
The Internet and Self-Directed Learning
Ralph Spencer is researching the uses of the Internet for Self-Directed Learning. He writes:
Anecdotal popular press articles and my preliminary research indicate that the Internet is a rich resource and tool for Self-Directed Learners. More significantly, it appears that this media may greatly expand the formation of ad hoc, impromptu 'communities of learners', which may have important implications for the realization, and prevalence of Mezirow's concept of transformative learning**********************
I have developed a survey which I invite you to take: http://www.digizen.net/member/spencer/intro1.htm.
It consists of a Learning Styles Instrument, a brief demographic questionnaire, and a questionnaire on how you use the Internet for Self-Directed Learning.
Kathy J. Kobliski is an American author looking for all kinds of submissions from teachers for an educational series in progress. One of the books is specifically for teachers who are staying at home with their young children; one is for home schoolers; one is for special education; and one is for all teachers. The series will include submissions from all over the world.
The deadline for submissions is December 15, 1999, so there's plenty of time. The site for the series is http://www.beinabook.com. Each page of the site contains directions and a way to e-mail Kathy with any questions.
Novice Distance Educators Needed!
Sherri Braxton is doing research on distance education course design. She needs 4 or 5 novice distance educators to use the formative evaluation tool that she has created to assist in the design and implementation of their courses, and to provide feedback on the usefulness of the tool to her. The tool can be found at Sherri's Website.
Sherri is a Doctoral Student working on Education and Multimedia Systems in the Department of Education and Multimedia Systems at The George Washington University.
[This call has already gones out the the distancelearning list, so sherri may already have all the input she needs. Still, the tool is worth taking a look at and experimenting with. And additional critical feedback will no doubt be valued.]
Distance Learning Questionnaire
Chris Hutchinson, who is currently doing research on distance learning and the impact of culture, asks people to complete a questionnaire on his Web page at http://campus.fortunecity.com/dartmouth/907.
WAOE Organisation and Communication Sites
WAOE Committees, OCREWs and Other Groups
Online Education Development and Discussion Sites
Links-Sharing Page: http://220.127.116.11:2020/walnklst.html
This is an organised set of links relevant to online education which various members of WAOE have provided. If you know of other useful links that you would like to share with other members, please comment on them via WAOE-Views or send them directly to email@example.com for inclusion on the Links Sharing Page.