Gutenberg’s Revolution Revisited In Online Education

Quote; “America spent over $151,000 per student sending the graduating class of 2009 through public schools. That is nearly three times as much as we spent on the graduating class of 1970, adjusting for inflation. Despite that massive real spending increase, overall achievement has stagnated or declined, depending on the subject.” End quote (Coulson, 2011)

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EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH EDUCATION, ARROGANT, PAID HACK,   INNOVATIVE-LESS,  MOE-RONS ARGUING OVER THROWING MONEY AT A SIMPLE SOLVED PROBLEM

Internet popularity’s increasing rise of information transfer across interactive user platforms naturally lead to online learning. New literatacies is a new concept that allows for the learning of the new skills necessary to compete. The very nature of using a computer to learn is an interactive doorway into using the computer to make a living. Computer skills are as basically necessary as knife skills are for a cook to prepare food. Speed, access and working around a keyboard portal of how to navigate amongst files and interactive pages while submitting documents using email to professionally communicate are vital skills for today’s workforce. (Lin, 2011)

Online education is an idea whose time in humanity’s life cycle has arrived. Online educational mediums have skyrocketed in efficiency platform and media interchange innovation. Distance education began in 1840 when Sir Isaac Putman created correspondence courses that were effectuate thru the mail system. (The Journal, 1999) Australia invented the Department of External Studies in 1911. (The Journal, 1999) Online classes of the past existed as CD-ROM and textbooks with online submission portals for assignments per syllabus posting of the assignment submission schedule. Testing was performed at testing centers at the schools. Online education allows people to get the education they need on their terms. It is a vibrant addition to the ABYSMAL excuse for K-12 education the American Public, amazingly  accepts. (The Journal, 1999)

Moodle is incredible. Beginning in 2003, it provides an extraordinary object oriented open source platform. Flexible and adaptable, Moodle’s platform has multiple media format functionality. Moodle is like the Swiss Army knife of Online Learning platforms. Moodle creates an open sourced platform for knowledge transfer. Moodle even meets the needs of governmental compliance training. Moodle is highly configurable.  (Moodle, 2003)

Blackboard is not open sourced. Blackboard is more dispersed and widely used than Moodle. Moodle is what Forsyth Tech Community college uses. Compared to Moodle it is not nearly as robust. Blackboard uses many different educational technologies. Learn, collaborate, connect, analytics, transact and mobile aspects have unique approaches to supplant physical classroom teaching. Blackboard and Moodle both rely on the ever spreading like a rash social media. (Blackboard, 1997)

Educational Portal is a place for free online learning. Educational Portal has 53 instructors. Educational Portal has a vast number of free online learning experiences across numerous disciplines. Educational Portal also has an exam that can lead to credit towards a degree for the student’s efforts. Educational Portal has a credo that sate, “Making education accessible to over 5 million students each month!” Answering  the costs of education the Educational Portal is providing the funding to those that need it. The Riecken Foundation is a non profit organization that even extending this important portal of compassion into Central America’s impoverished societies.  (Educational Portal .com, 2003)

It hard to find any cons with Online education. Education is available for free to all that choose to take the time and exert the effort. Free Public libraries and Federal job training programs centers provide computer access to anyone willing to take the training. exultingly, Ivy League institutions are entering into the distribution of higher education online for free. Such developments offer to empower many that cannot afford higher education. I greatly enjoy online learnings see it supplanting the Abysmal K-12 union dominated political process the Federal government is disserving america’s children with currently. Contract enforced mediocrity is not the place for educating children. When the teacher’s union is largest contributor to the political process; America spends more money per capita than 5 countries combined and you cannot terminate a failing instructor because of a politically motivated contract something has to change. Online learning is a phenomena that will gloriously continue to do a vastly better job of educating people when in terms of age demographic stratification than the classroom. May not be for everyone but this student highly prefers it to not only fighting to be  finding a parking place but more sol typing this assignment with a cigar clenched in my teeth, favorite music blasting, a great cup of coffee enjoyment  while learning all in the comfort of me home.

Works Cited

Blackboard. (1997, January 01). Platforms. Retrieved January 26, 2013, from Blackboard: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms.aspx

Coulson, A. (2011, February 10). The Impact of Federal Involvement in America’s Classrooms. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from CATO Institute: http://www.cato.org/publications/congressional-testimony/impact-federal-involvement-americas-classrooms

Educational Portal .com. (2003, January 01). Educational Portal. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from Educational Portal: http://education-portal.com/pages/About_Us.html

Lin, T.-J. (2011, June 01). Language Learning and technology Vol 5, number 15, Number 2 ppg 27-33. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from Review of Moodle: http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2011/review1.pdf

Moodle. (2003, 01 01). About Moodle Development. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from Moodle: https://moodle.org/development/

The Journal. (1999, September 01). The Origins of Distance Education and its Use in the United States. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from The Journal Transforming Education Through technology: http://thejournal.com/Articles/1999/09/01/The-Origins-of-Distance-Education-and-its-use-in-the-United-States.aspx

 

Bibliography

Blackboard. (1997, January 01). Platforms. Retrieved January 26, 2013, from Blackboard: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms.aspx

Coulson, A. (2011, February 10). The Impact of Federal Involvement in America’s Classrooms. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from CATO Institute: http://www.cato.org/publications/congressional-testimony/impact-federal-involvement-americas-classrooms

Educational Portal .com. (2003, January 01). Educational Portal. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from Educational Portal: http://education-portal.com/pages/About_Us.html

Lin, T.-J. (2011, June 01). Language Learning and technology Vol 5, number 15, Number 2 ppg 27-33. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from Review of Moodle: http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2011/review1.pdf

Moodle. (2003, 01 01). About Moodle Development. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from Moodle: https://moodle.org/development/

The Journal. (1999, September 01). The Origins of Distance Education and its Use in the United States. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from The Journal Transforming Education Through technology: http://thejournal.com/Articles/1999/09/01/The-Origins-of-Distance-Education-and-its-use-in-the-United-States.aspx

 

 

 

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