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Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

Huge congrats to George Veletsianos on the release of his text Emerging Technologies in Distance Education with AU Press. The text includes contributions from many of the leaders in the use of technologies in various educational settings. The text consists of four sections: foundations of emerging technologies in DE, learning designs for emerging tech, social, organizational, contextual factors in implementation, and interaction/communication with emerging tech.

(on a related note, you may find the handbook of emerging technologies for learning (.pdf) that I did with Peter Tittenberger to be of interest as well)


  1. Hi George

    Complete change of topic. I am facilitating the open online course “Facilitating Online”, which I am sure you know about…it was started by Leigh Blackall several years ago:

    It is sitting at about 60 people at the moment which is far bigger than I am used to. I know people will drop out, but do you have any tips or hints on the best way to manage these numbers other than the obvious ones like being very organised with RSS?

    thanks a lot, Sarah

    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Hi Sarah – with our courses, we took a variety of approaches:

    1. RSS feeds
    2. Google Alerts
    3. Course hashtags
    4. Central forum (Moodle)
    5. Netvibes (in CCK08)

    Essentially, we tried to rely on a combination of social and technological approaches for sensemaking and wayfinding. The social systems – such as twitter conversation/tags – were a bit fuzzy, but ended up being valuable filtering tools.

    Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  3. Thanks George! I hope you find it worthwhile…

    Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink