1) Diversity of Expertise

Review the Dede article that discusses diversity of expertise. Find some resources (text, image, video, audio, and ??) that further describe, illustrate and exemplify how this characteristic support the distributed learning community. (Put your name after the posting.)

What is Distributed Learning? Discusses how distributed learning is different than distance learning. This article also talks about how the distributed learning model can be used in collaboration with the traditional classroom based courses. Basically it provides a little more information on what it is.

Joni (DCT)


A different take on "Diversity of Expertise" (Sara R)

lThe advantages of distributive learning community

An interesting article discussing the advantages of distributed learning communities (Cathy O)

**21st Century Learners** This is a video that I use in the 45 minutes of tech training that I get at the beginning of the year(related to the section on page 16 about current professional development practices) to show the importance of using technology in the classroom and facts about the kinds of learners that they have in their room. As I read the article I remembered this video; it helps the teachers to see how connected their students truly are to each other, more so than any of them have ever been.
Carrie (JW) (DB)(CH)(CG)(BD) (These types of videos really make you think. Great Post- SM)(Bill L)(JE) Says it all (LS)

Distributed Learning Ideas - Examples
Ideas posted by others in the areas of: elementary, secondary and higher education; information and corporate settings.
(Examples help me dig into the understanding of a concept. Some great ideas here. SR) (I agree; if I can get some examples, they help explain the material a lot!!- SM)(CJ) (DCT)

Virtual World Information


Distance vs. Distributed Learning

This will give you an idea on how distant learning is different then distributed learning. -Chelsey (DB)(BD)

I read this article and thought it was helpful. It clarified these two learning formats for me. Cathy O

I am a very visual learner and I found this picture that to me, helped to put "diversity of expertise" into perspective. There are many different groups contributing to a common goal who can choose their own identity and not that of the "central authority". There is no one person standing in the middle authorizing the groups on what to do.~ Stacy M. (JW)(CH)(MM)(CJ)(GD) This is us! (LS)
I like this visual, too. I think it is useful to help understand what it is the group is doing. And I think it helps me understand why I have felt a little lost in this class. I'm so use to having the central guiding figure, I feel like I am floating.--Cathy O (JK)

I believe that a great example of a learning community, could be a forum. People have a topic or an issue that they want to know about. In most forums there is a great "Diversity of Expertise". Someone will ask a question or post a thought, and many people will submit their answers. Some are more educated answers and suggestions, but everyone brings a little different information based on their personal experiences. I will link a forum where a question is asked about a computer and many people have ideas and expertise and they all learn from each other as they seek out their answer. Forum Link

---Gabe--- (JK)

I agree with Gabe that forums are a great way to share expertise. Project Lead the Way has forums for each of the classes within their curriculum. Often if I post a question in the afternoon, when I come to school the next day, there is an answer from someone. Teachers also share quizzes and handouts they generate in order to supplement the curriculum. The forums are password protected so I can't paste a link to the PLTW forum, but this is a link to my favorite computer problem forum CNET FORUMS. ~ Jennie
(I had not even thought about Forums representing a diversity of expertise. But, that is exactly what they are all about. I've not participated in a Forum, but read posts when I'm researching. They are often very helpful--they give a sense of security that you are not the only one in the world with a certain problem. SR)(Agreed! - MM)(GD)
I would also agree - this course is my first experience with forums and it has definitely demonstrated the diversity of our group. (Bill L)

The book The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education by Curtis J. Banks talks about ways we can learn.
  1. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
  2. E-Learning and Blended Learning
  3. Availability of Open Source and Free Software
  4. Leveraged Resources and OpenCourseWare
  5. Learning Object Repositories and Portals
  6. Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
  7. Electronic Collaboration
  8. Alternate Reality Learning
  9. Real-Time Mobility and Portability
  10. Networks of Personalized Learning

  • Camilla *

Digital Directions A part of Education Week that gives trends and advice for K-12 technology leaders. Jami E.
(While reviewing this site, I ran across an article regarding the NCAA and online courses. The take-away for me from this article....those developing online courses will need to ensure that their offerings meet the NCAA requirements set for those students passing through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Students should ensure that online courses are approved prior to enrollment. Thanks for sharing this site, Jami! MM)(JE)

Integrating Assistive Technology in Gen Ed Settings This was something that found it's way into my email about a week ago - by mistake because someone thought I was still part of the co-teaching program at my school. I almost didn't read this, but the words 'integrating" and "technology" jumped right out. I love it when lightning strikes. I'm not dead certain that this belongs in this particular characteristic, but I think it's worth a look.(CG)
As somone who has gone through co-teaching "indoctrination," I have seen a good deal of meterial that reiterates this post/site. Part of the co-teaching training emphasises the diversity of learners you have to reach - which translates to diversity of learning styles - which I believe requires some diveristy in teaching techinques, which demonstrates diversity of expertiese in a very speficit manner, so I think this is a good link to have, (Bill L)