>The function of an association or council of online educators would
>not in any case be confined to evaluating delivery methods but would
>extend to the direction the emerging online teaching discipline ought
>to take, organizing resources and communications while offering
>guidelines and disinterested assessments of existing programs and
>What I would suggest to serve the needs that participants have
>expressed is a World Online Educational Association.
I, too, am in favor of such an organization, though perhaps for selfish
reasons. At this time, I (like *many* others) subscribe to nearly a dozen
professional email lists. I'm constantly trying to find to learn from
colleagues, but I find the volume of email, and surfing associated with
those emails, overwhelming and ultimately self-defeating. I get so much
mail that I end up deleting a good amount of it, knowing I'll never reach
the point where I have time to go back and read.
Life would be easier if there were one definitive source of information.
Short of that, I think a central organization that acts as a headquarters
or clearing house could certainly make life easier for all of us who are
constantly searching for the new and improved.
Middlesex County College