Resources and Materials from 2007 VSS

nacolVirtual School Symposium 2007

TheVirtual Schools Symposium produced many fine references. If you’re interested in online learning, visit this archive of webinars and podcasts that capture the best thinking of this cutting edge conference.

Here are just a few of the webinars to consider:

  • What Does the Future of Learning Look Like? Welcome & Introduction (Susan Patrick)
  • Why Online Learning is Important to States (Gene Wilhoit)
  • Online Education’s Role in the Schools of Tomorrow (Liz Pape)
  • Tools of the Trade: Free Online Tools to Enhance Interactivity in Your Online Course (Allison Powell)
  • Blending Virtual Learning with Face-to-Face Teaching (Lisa Watkins)
  • Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: A Policy and Practice Review (John Watson)
  • Plenary Panel – Virtual Schools and 21st Century Skills

E-Learning Podcasts: The Green Room

E-Learning and Online Learning: Podcast Treasure Chest!

The Green Room

The Green Room Podcasts are done by instructional designer Dan Balzer, and Susan Manning, who teaches the instructional design course in UW-Stout’s E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program. Dan and Suzan produce a wonderful podcast series for Learning Times called The Green Room. I urge you to join Learning Times, a vibrant online network of learning professionals, so you can listen to Dan and Susan’s program.

Clever, insightful, cutting edge… these professionally produced podcasts are very informative!

Here’s the Index for the Green Room!

You’ll have to create a free account with Learning Times to listen to these podcasts. Do it! You won’t be sorry.

Audio Collaboration

Pictures & Voice

Podcasting is one way of ‘narrow-casting’ information in an online course. An off-shoot of this idea can be seen in a new type of Web 2.0 software typified by these two systems:

voice thread




Each of these systems let’s a group post photos and attach audio narration to those photos. It’s a great way to create stories where you can hear the voices of the group! I see applications for icebreakers in an online classroom, publication of student writing, and a remarkable venue for both oral history & international collaboration projects.