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