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