Tag Archives: eLearning

Polling Software

I became interested in polling software when I started ranting about the problems with the typical use of PowerPoint and poor decisions made by presenters. [For more on this see: “Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters,” “Improving the Design of PowerPoint Presentations,” & “Review of the book, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint“]

But I teach mostly online so I began thinking about the value of polling and using “clickers” in the online classroom. Last year, Joni Dunlap and I contributed an idea about using polling software in the online classroom to Shank’s Online Learning Idea Book:

Lowenthal, P. R., & Dunlap, J. C. (2011). Online classroom clickers. In P. Shank (Ed.), The
online learning idea book: Proven ways to enhance technology-based and blended
(vol. 2; pp. 171-174). San Francisco: Pfeiffer.

I just found out (after reading EdSurge Newsletter 084) that Poll Everywhere has a comparison chart of various web-based “polling” software. EdSurge lists the main points of comparison:

Company Cost for average K-12 teacher (40 students)

To see the complete list, visit: http://www.polleverywhere.com/vs

Are there any other web-based polling software tools that Poll Everywhere left out?

Call for Chapters — The International Handbook of E-learning

Significant development in E-learning over the past decade has tremendous implications for educational and training practices in the information society. With the advent of the Internet and online learning methodologies and technologies, meaningful E-learning has increasingly become more and more accepted in workplace. Academic institutions, corporations, and government agencies worldwide have been increasingly using the Internet and digital technologies to deliver instruction and training. At all levels of these organizations, individuals are being encouraged to participate in online learning activities. Since 1990, the field of E-learning enjoyed exponential growth and recognition. However, many communities around the world are still in the process of implementing E-learning. There is a tremendous need to share knowledge of e-learning and to compile what works and what does not. The purpose of the handbook is to provide a comprehensive compendium of research and practice in all aspects of E-learning. Below is a list of suggested themes and the timelines. The potential publisher of the handbook is Athabasca University Press, Canada.

Authors are invited to submit proposals that cover a variety of fields related to e-learning. Some themes are suggested below but you are not limited by the themes listed. We invite contributions from researchers, practitioners, professors, teachers, trainers, and administrators. Please submit a one page outline of the chapter you would like to write for the book.

Suggested themes of the chapters

Possible areas to be addressed by the chapters include but are not limited to the following.

• Historical perspectives of E-learning
• Theoretical foundations for E-learning
• A model for developing E-learning
• Evaluation of E-learning
• Learner support for E-learning
• Learner interaction in E-learning
• Open and Distributed Learning
• Strategies for transition to E- learning
• Instructional design for E-learning
• Interface design for E-learning
• Managing E-learning implementation
• Emerging technologies for E-learning
• Ethical considerations in E-learning
• Standards for developing E-learning
• Preparing faculty and learners for E-learning
• Policy and Practice in E-learning
• Blended Learning
• Mobile Learning
• World of Games and Play
• Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environment
• Use of social media in E-learning
• E-learning best practices around the world
• Future of E-learning
• Other topics related to E-learning

Important completion dates

• Submission of one page outline of chapter – 15 October, 2012
• Feedback on one page outline – 30 October, 2012
• Submission of full chapter – 31 January, 2013
• Feedback from chapter reviewers – 30 April, 2013
• Submission of revised chapter – 30 June, 2013
• Submit book manuscript to publisher – 30 September, 2013
• Expected publication date – January 2014

The length of the chapter should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words.

Please email the one page outline of your chapter to mohameda@athabascau.ca by October 15, 2012.

Dr. Mohamed Ally
Professor, Centre for Distance Education
Athabasca University
Email: mohameda@athabascau.ca

Dr. Badrul Khan
McWeadon Education, USA
Email: badrulkhan2003@yahoo.com