Virtual School Meanderings

August 8, 2016

7 Day Groove Challenge – Links Entry: eLearning Evangelist

As I mentioned this past Monday, Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger has issued a 7 Days to Getting Your Blogging Groove Back challenge.  I told my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom students that I would do my best to participate in this challenge fully – as a way to model different things you can do to ensure that you have a consistent stream of original blog entries.

So Darren has posted the seventh and final challenge for this week – Create a Links Post.   For my EDTECH537 students, this is the same thing as a “Links Entry.”

One of the big differences between how Darren has described Links Entries and he way that I presented them to my students is what gets linked.  In EDTECH537 I describe the Links Entry as an entry that provides a series of links (ideally annotated or with some context).  Darren, on the other hand, describes a Links Entry as an opportunity to link to other blog content – with the idea being to use your readership to generate readership for another blog (or at least another blog entry) that you found particularly useful or that you those was particularly good.  In the spirit of Darren’s description…

e-Learning Evangelist –

I want to focus my links on a single blog, that of Ray Rose.  For those that don’t know, Ray is a colleague in the K-12 online learning world.  He was involved with the original Virtual High School in the 1990s and is on the technical working group for the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities today (and a whole lot in between).  His work recently has focused upon accessibility, and you’ll see that reflected in the entries that I have chosen.  For me, this is Ray’s best fiveentries over the past two years.

  1. TxDLA 2016 and Accessibility
    Ray regularly presents about accessibility issues in online learning, and this entry includes the slides from his most recent presentation that has a K-12 focus.
  2. Professional experiences of online teachers in Wisconsin: Results from a survey about training and challenges
    This entry is Ray’s review of a webinar and report that was released by REL-MidWest.
  3. Learning and Helping Quality Matters
    This is Ray’s entry about his presentation at a QM conference in late 2015.  As the only real set of K-12 online learning standards that are based on research, I thought his commentary was particularly interesting.
  4. iNACOL Leadership Webinar
    Ray provides some insight into his planning of an iNACOL webinar on accessibility that he did in 2015.
  5. Remotely Participating in SITE Panels
    SITE is the only academic organization that has a focus on K-12 online learning, and it is a conference that Ray used to attend – but these days his participation is usually done remotely.  This was the case with his participation, and thoughts, about the 2015 SITE conference in this entry.

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