Dear Colleagues. You may be interested in an email that I sent to Judith Boettcher, Executive Director of CREN -- an association that is hosting on the Internet a discussion of Online Teaching/Learning. "Judith, thank you for the opportunity to recommend 'next generation tools for teaching and learning.' My wish list relates to learning support for online students -- something that I do not find in online courseware or discussed at any length in online literature. The emphasis seems to be on teaching even when the word 'learning' is a part of the phrase, "teaching and learning." "I am one of many learning support professionals who wish that every online course had imbedded in it some JIT tutorials to assist students with any problems that they may have with learning and study strategies. I would like to see a 'Virtual Learning Support Center' attached to every course -- a center where students could get help with time management, task organization, study-reading, writing essay answers and research papers, note taking, study environment hints, and writing and math. "I would also want learning support professionals who have online experience to be a part of the instructional design and course development team so that these skills can be embedded in a course or linked to a course assignment when it seems that a learning or study skills problem may occur. "My apology for this long explanation. I do want to see that online students have available appropriate and immediate help in all their courses. I feel that this might make a difference in retention rates, student success, and student satisfaction. Collegially.......Frank L Christ" I received an email response from Judith Boettcher today that indicated that my"wish" for a Virtual Learning Support center will be included as a question to Charles Kerns in the session today! If you are interested, go to http://www.cren.net/know/techtalk/events/coursems.html for a live audio of Charles Kerns (Stanford University) discussing "Course Management Systems and Learning Tools." Hopefully, my question will be read and responded to. This live audio starts at 3:45 PM Eastern Standard Time. I hope that you will try to be there to see if our learning support for online students is mentioned. Collegially....... [log in to unmask] For all of us to win in the knowledge economy, Frank L Christ we need to unleash the knowledge in our Emeritus, CSULB document databases, use and reuse our past Visiting Scholar, U of AZ knowledge, find ways to create new knowledge and then share it across our enterprise........ ...Rick Thoman, Former Xerox Corp President & CEO LSC & WI Web site: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/~lsche/ To Unsubscribe, send a message to [log in to unmask] In body type: SIGNOFF LRNASST.