E-Learning Tides are changing

Below are two articles that outline changes to the e-learning landscape that signal a larger shift that is sure to be felt in the future.

The first article is a bit dense but worth a read.  The author points to how open source ownership is lowering the value of content (YouTube creators, faculty, etc.)  and valuing the brand and ownership of the platform.
http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/commentary/corporate-open-source

Here is another article that talks about shifting from the separation of online and face-to-face in higher ed to a more unified digital approach.  A quote from the article:

“I see the shift not as one from online to digital,” said Eddie Maloney, the executive director of the center for new designs in learning and scholarship at Georgetown University, “but as a shift from a content-driven or faculty-driven curriculum to an intentional design and assessed curriculum. It’s really about a growing focus on learning design.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/07/30/its-time-shift-discussion-online-learning-digital-strategy-essay

Are these two articles pointing to a larger shift in the higher ed landscape?

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Congratulations Karla Kmetz-Morris

I wanted to share some exciting news about Karla Kmetz-Morris, lead instructional designer here at USFSP. She received a call last week asking her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, which also serves as the State Advisory Committee for the Assistive Technology Act.

In this role she will collaborate with other board members and key stakeholders across the state and nationally on issues surrounding funding, awareness, training, programs, device loans, and advocacy for assistive technology and services.

This is amazing news for USFSP and I know Karla is happy to represent USFSP with this important work. As you can see, we have a really impressive team in OLITS! We are very honored and proud of Karla for how she represents USFSP, the Nelson Poynter Library and OLITS!

Karla was also elected as Chair of the Webinar Committee for the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association. She is working closely with a few other instructional designers in the QM network to develop and facilitate a webinar series that provides professional development opportunities to instructional designers in the areas of design research, strategies, QM implementation, etc.

Congratulations Karla!

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Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Tiffany Chenneville

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Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services at the Nelson Poynter Library is thrilled to announce that Dr. Tiffany Chenneville has received Quality Matters recognition for her Developmental Psychology course, DEP 4053. Through the faculty-based peer review process, her course has been found to meet the highest national standards for online course quality and design.

Dr. Chenneville’s course is now on the list of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s College of Arts and Sciences and to the campus. Additionally, the QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed in her online course.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chenneville on this significant achievement!

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.