ERIC Number: ED444603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice.
Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation.
Legislators and community leaders have the responsibility to develop policies and make informed decisions to ensure that new technologies will enhance, and not frustrate, learning. That is why Congress established the Web-based Education Commission that for the past year has been chairing an effort exploring ways in which the Internet is changing the delivery of education. This report reflects the cumulative work of the Commission and a consensus of its findings. The Commission was able to identify the key barriers that are preventing the Internet from realizing its full potential for enhancing learning. Based on findings, the Commission issues a call to action in this report to: make powerful new Internet resources, especially broadband access, widely and equitably available and affordable for all learners; provide continuous and relevant training and support for educators and administrators; build a new research framework of how people learn in the Internet age; develop high quality online educational content that meets the highest standards of educational excellence; revise outdated regulations that impede innovation and replace them with approaches that embrace anytime, anywhere, any pace learning; protect online learners and ensure their privacy; and sustain funding via traditional and new sources that is adequate to the challenge at hand. The report is divided into three main sections: "The Power of the Internet for Learning,""Seizing the Opportunity," and "Moving from Promise to Practice: A Call to Action." The second section is further divided according to the following: "Access to Broadband Technologies: Bridges Across the Digital Divide"; "Professional Development: How Technology Can Enhance Teaching"; "Correcting a Paucity of Research and Development"; "Compelling Online Content"; "Removing Regulatory Restrictions to E-Learning"; and "Privacy, Protection, and 'Safe Streets.'"; and "Funding for e-Learning: A Continuing Challenge". Sections one and two include both illustrative stories that demonstrate how the Internet is being used in education. Appendices include: Commission Legislative Authority; Commission Meetings; Commission Hearings and Witnesses; e-Testimony Submissions to the Commission; Commission, Speeches and Presentations; Stakeholder Meetings with Commissioners and Staff; Individuals and Groups Providing Services to the Commission; and Commission Staff. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation.