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Just "DO IT"

By Michael Feldstein, Lisa Neal, Ken Korman / September 2006

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As eLearn Magazine marks its fifth year of publication, we can think of no better way to celebrate the past and ensure a bright future for e-learning than by urging the support and passage of the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust Act. If passed, the act would create a Digital Opportunity Investment Trust (DO IT), generating an estimated $1 billion annually from interest on money acquired from the impending sale of analog television spectrum. The roadmap for the trust's activities, developed by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), offers a number of revolutionary possibilities:

  • Exponential growth of free, high-quality educational content: DO IT will fund the digitization of content in libraries and museums across the United States, as well as the creation of substantial new content. With the level of resources available under the trust, the dream of universally accessible materials for cradle-to-grave education can finally come true.
  • Solving of the hard problems: DO IT will provide the funds necessary to crack some of the critical but elusive goals of educational technology development, including authentic assessment tools, intelligent tutoring systems, and immersive simulation development environments. These developments could have a very substantial impact on the quality of education.
  • Fostering a coherent online educational experience: The DO IT roadmap includes further development of interoperability standards. With these standards, educational tools and content can be combined into a coherent experience for the learners rather than the disjointed jumble of separate tools and resources that it often is today.
  • Elimination of toll roads to education: Content and technologies funded by DO IT will be released into the public domain. Teachers and students all over the world will have access to them at no cost.

Educators DO IT Together

Although the Digital Promise Act is building momentum within Congress, its passage is not yet assured—you can do something about that. If you are a United States citizen, go to Digital Promise's Take Action page. There you will be able to contact your Congressional Representative and Senators in support of the legislation. If you are not a United States citizen, tell your American friends and urge them to write their legislators.

eLearn Magazine has grown to what it is today through your participation. As we look to our collective future, we remain as proud and confident as ever that you will continue to do your part in improving education.



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    Michael Feldstein
  1. Desperately seeking software simulations
  2. There's no such thing as a learning object
  3. Do you really need reusability?
  4. How to design recyclable learning objects
  5. In defense of online learning (and veggie burgers)
  6. Informational cascades in online learning
  7. Want better courses?
  8. Designing usable, self-paced e-learning courses
  9. The digital promise
  10. Unbolting the chairs
  11. A call to arms
  12. What's important in a learning content management system
  13. Ill-served
  14. Disaster and opportunity
  15. 'E-Moderating' by Gilly Salmon and 'In Good Company The Secrets to Successful Learning Communities' by Don Cohen and Laurence Prusak
  16. Back to the future: what's next after learning objects
  17. What is usable e-learning?
  18. Ignore usability at your peril
  19. Don't Just Teach to the Metrics
  20. E-learning basics: essay: developing your e-learning for your learners
  21. When Weblogs Can Be Harmful
  22. Ken Korman
  23. Exploring the digital universe
  24. Lisa Neal
  25. Do it yourself
  26. Predictions for 2004
  27. "Spot Learning"
  28. When will e-learning reach a tipping point?
  29. Q&A with Saul Carliner
  30. "Deep" thoughts
  31. The stripper and the bogus online degree
  32. Five questions...for Tom Carey
  33. Learner on the Orient Express
  34. Five (or six) questions...for Irene McAra-McWilliam
  35. How to get students to show up and learn
  36. Blended conferences
  37. Predictions for 2002
  38. Learning from e-learning
  39. Q&A with Don Norman
  40. In search of simplicity
  41. Five Questions...for Christopher Dede
  42. Want better courses?
  43. Designing usable, self-paced e-learning courses
  44. Senior service
  45. Formative evaluation
  46. Blogging to learn and learning to blog
  47. Predictions for 2007
  48. Not all the world's a stage
  49. Five questions...for Seb Schmoller
  50. Do distance and location matter in e-learning?
  51. Why do our K-12 schools remain technology-free?
  52. Degrees by mail
  53. The Value of Voice
  54. Predictions for 2006
  55. Five questions...for Shigeru Miyagawi
  56. Five questions...
  57. Five questions...for Larry Prusack
  58. Five questions...for Karl M. Kapp
  59. Music lessons
  60. Learn to apologize for fun and profit
  61. Advertising or education?
  62. Of web hits and Britney Spears
  63. Predictions for 2008
  64. Serious games for serious topics
  65. Back to the future
  66. Predictions For 2003
  67. Q&A
  68. Storytelling at a distance
  69. Talk to me
  70. Q&A with Diana Laurillard
  71. Online learning and fun
  72. Everything in moderation
  73. eLearning and fun
  74. The basics of e-learning
  75. Is it live or is it Memorex?
  76. Five Questions... for John Seely Brown
  77. 5 questions... for Richard E. Mayer
  78. My life as a Wikipedian
  79. Five questions...for Elliott Masie
  80. Five questions...for Lynn Johnston
  81. Five questions…for Matt DuPlessie