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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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ADDITIONAL READING

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