“LearningWeek Live” Features Denise Easton, Advocate for “Layered” Approach to Learning

July 11, 2001

Easton is a strong advocate of “layered learning”, whereby learning experiences are crafted to include use of an appropriate mixture of various media to ensure learning objectives are met, rather than forcing all learning to happen through a single channel. Media may include online courseware, web-based synchronous workshops, face-to-face instruction, conference calls or “teleclasses”, and video, audio and print materials.

LearningWeek Live (LWL) airs every Wednesday at 1:00 pm EDT at LearningWeek.com. Each show features a dialogue on a learning news story, the LearningWeek Business Report, and a special guest interview.

Guests and show topics are drawn from the worlds of primary, secondary, and higher education, corporate training, publishing, web-based instruction – anywhere concerted teaching and learning efforts are taking place.

The show concludes with the selection of the “LearningWeek Site of the Week”, recognizing achievement in providing access to quality learning in a connected world. The “Site of the Week” announced on the previous episode of LWL was “Canadas Digital Collections” which gives youth aged 1530 the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience and skills producing Web sites about Canada for display on the World Wide Web. LearningWeek recognized Canadas Digital Collections for their innovative program, and the high quality educational resources, photographs, and courses it has produced to date.

LWL is co-hosted by Jonathan Finkelstein and John Walber, recognized experts in the learning and technology fields.

“Live human interaction is a basic ingredient for creating effective learning experiences,” said co-host Finkelstein. “We think its important to bring this approach to the discussion of learning issues themselves, live on the Internet.”

The format of the live video-based webcast, which runs 30 minutes, allows participants to offer their perspectives, ask questions of the featured guest, and recommend topics for future shows.

Previous guests have included: Richard Katz of Educause, Bill Evans of Cal-State Chico, Michael Preston of New Visions for Public Schools, Deb Bennett of TAFE South Australia and Donavan Vicha of the American Library Association. Upcoming live episodes of LearningWeek will include visits by Juliana Lutzi of FIRE Online Training, Casey Green of the Campus Computing Project, Brian Mikesell of St. Johns University Libraries, Kristin Hirst of About.com and Ann Kirschner of Fathom, among others.

Sponsorship of the weekly show is provided by HorizonLive.com, Inc., Distance-Educator.com, and The Employment Channel. Registration for events is free of charge at LearningWeek.com.

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