Michigan State University is now offering its doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology online with a new hybrid option focused on the evolving role of technology in learning. The blended four- to five-year program, which combines online coursework with summer classes on campus, is designed to meet a growing demand from experienced education professionals who want to earn a Ph.D. while continuing in their current positions. This substantially online program is designed for the bright, established professionals currently serving in K-12 schools, universities, policy centers, and research institutions, who understand how new technologies, including online learning, continue to transform education.

This is an interesting and exciting opportunity! With the emergence of for-profit onlines like the University of Phoenix (http://www.phoenix.edu/), Walden University (http://www.waldenu.edu/), Capella University (http://www.capella.edu/) and others, the trend towards pursuing advanced degrees online seems to be really taking off. I’ll be interested to read more about the MSU program.

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A few weeks back, I posted “Examining the Purpose of a Dissertation Literature Review,” in which I outlined the Doctoral Research Forum I am participating in. I think the concept that the University of Akron College of Education faculty are pursuing could lead to a valuable educational experience for doctoral candidates. Additionally, I commend my UA profs because this type of collaboration between course instructors is a largely unheard of at UA. However, I have been struggling throughout the forum assignments. This is largely due to the fact that each of the past four weeks we have been required to read a scholarly article, post a written response on the Springboard (UA’s LMS) discussion forum and then respond to at least one of our colleagues responses.

This week, the game changed a bit and student participants were asked to provide feedback. From the Discussion Forum posting:

This week’s discussion is about the Research FORUM in general.  The FORUM instructors greatly value your feedback.

1. What do you think about content and process of the FORUM is effective?
2. What suggestions do you have for improving the FORUM?
3. What other comment, observations, questions, etc. would you like to share?

The following is my response. I’m sure it will be well received by some, and not so popular with others. Because of this, I titled the SUBJECT of my forum topic “Disclaimer: Honest feedback. Personal opinion.

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Social VIrtual Worlds Logos - End 2008

Last weekend my family made the 2-hour trip to Powell, Ohio, outside Columbus, to visit my in-laws, Nana and Big Jack. The drive from Akron to Columbus is about the perfect length for a family of 5 with 3 boys, a 22-month-old toddler and 8-year-old twins. It’s just long enough for either Kim or I to get a bit of work done while the other drives, but short enough to keep the kids occupied with a combo of books, DVDs and Nintendo DS.

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