All I had was my Blackberry and an offline laptop

June 19, 2007


I was able to publish some research last week on blended learning, working from a hospital where my son was recovering from an emergency appendectomy. [Good news is that he is well and back to his cheeky 13-year old self]. I was so impressed with how well trained the hospital staff was – it showed not only technically but in consistency and culture. Very cool. I guess you can spot a well-trained group by the lack of problems. My only gripe was my own lack of preparedness for working without an internet connection. I’m a follower of David Allen and have gotten away from organizing my work so that I have an “offline” folder to grab. So, all I had was my Blackberry and an offline [read: useless] laptop.

blended learningAnyway, I collaborated with several people on the blended learning research report including Curt Bonk and his entire blended learning research team. They wrote a section in the report that relates to strategic planning for blended learning in corporate training settings in 5 countries – Taiwan, China, Korea, U.S. and the U.K. Curt also has a book coming out about his R2D2 model called “Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing.” It’s being published by Jossey-Bass and co-authored with Ke Zhang. You can read about the model at: Introducing the R2D2 Model: Online learning for the diverse learners of this world, Curtis J Bonk, Ke Zhang. Distance Education. Melbourne: Aug 2006. Vol. 27, Iss. 2; p. 249 (16 pages). You can also read more about it here in Curt’s blog post. Here’s info from the abstract:

The R2D2 method “read, reflect, display, and do”is a new model for designing and delivering distance education, and in particular, online learning. Such a model is especially important to address the diverse preferences of online learners of varied generations and varied Internet familiarity. Four quadrants can be utilized separately or as part of a problem-solving process: the first component primarily relates to methods to help learners acquire knowledge through online readings, virtual explorations, and listening to online lectures and podcasts. As such, it addresses verbal and auditory learners. The second component of the model focuses on reflective activities such as online blogs, reflective writing tasks, self-check examinations, and electronic portfolios. In the third quadrant, visual representations of the content are highlighted with techniques such as virtual tours, timelines, animations, and concept maps. Fourth, the model emphasizes what learners can do with the content in hands-on activities including simulations, scenarios, and real time cases. In effect, the R2D2 model is one means to organize and make sense of the diverse array of instructional possibilities currently available in distance education. It provides new ways of learning for diverse online students, and demonstrates easy-to-apply learning activities for instructors to integrate various technologies in online learning. When thoughtfully designed, content delivered from this perspective should be more enriching for learners. The R2D2 model provides a framework for more engaging, dynamic, and responsive teaching and learning in online environments. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Looks like a great read!

Psst…if you are creating syndicated content to be read in a reader via a handheld device like a Blackberry, consider making the full text available vs. just a portion with a link to the full post. I didn’t read those this past week and suspect many wouldn’t because it requires extra clicks and time.

  • http://karynromeis.blogspot.com/ Karyn Romeis

    In hospitals in the UK, you wouldn’t have been allowed to use your Blackberry, so count yourself lucky! It seems they interfere with electronic equipment.

    Glad to hear that your son has bounced back from the surgery.

  • http://karynromeis.blogspot.com Karyn Romeis

    In hospitals in the UK, you wouldn’t have been allowed to use your Blackberry, so count yourself lucky! It seems they interfere with electronic equipment.

    Glad to hear that your son has bounced back from the surgery.

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