Multimedia Development Specialist
Course Development Group
New Media & Extended Learning
The University of New Mexico
----- Original Message -----From: Jeanne O'DeanSent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:31 PMSubject: [MISP] SB670 3D WIKI ACADEMIES FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS***This is a MISP Listserv message. Responses are sent to the list by default.*** ***For more info about MISP and the listserv, scroll to the bottom of the page*** *
TO ALL MISP MEMBERS:
The NM Senate Education Committee unanimously passed SB670 3D ACADEMIES FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS on Friday, February 27th. As a radical reform, and disruptive innovation, SB670 offers NM Lifelong Learners three-dimensional, open-source, WIKI FACILITIES/ACADEMIES—Aerospace, Energy, Health Care and Narrative (film & digital media).
Now comes the challenging part of informing and convincing the Senate Finance Committee to fund the SB670 $6 million appropriation from the NMPED Public School Reform Lockbox (balance of 31.6 million) for NM Lifelong Learners to the NM Higher Education Department. SB670 should be on agenda of the Senate Finance Committee in the coming days. Please continue to check the SFC calendar for confirmation of the SB670 SFC Hearing date and time. As key NM education and economic stakeholders, we would appreciate your continued support at the SB670 Senate Finance Committee hearing. Please take two minutes to email the Senators of the Senate Finance Committee today and ask for their support for SB670. Let them know how important this is to Lifelong Learners throughout New Mexico and to our EDUCONOMY.
The EDUCONOMY is a vision for a 21st century future for our communities by strengthening our families … our schools … our communities … our environment … and our ability to attract new business and create jobs….With the new EDUCONOMY, we will build and invest in social capital – people – ensuring quality of life for all New Mexicans proving that bold policy must be backed by action, innovation, and investment. A shared vision of an EDUCONOMY is what will build and sustain New Mexico's economy, quality of life, security and international standing well into the future. LT. GOVERNOR DENISH 2007 INAUGURAL ADDRESS
THE CHALLENGE: GT3 and its expert witnesses, as well as NM education and economic stakeholders will document and dispute the Fiscal Impact Report (FIR). SB670 DOESN'T DUPLICATE IDEAL/CYPBER ACADEMY---IT WILL MOTHBALL IT!!! The IDEAL/CYBER ACADEMY with its Blackboard Learning Management System is an outmoded, expensive and ineffective system—it was the first e-learning innovation wave that is being replaced by a tsunami of 3D immersive virtual reality and virtual worlds in which there are now over 300 million users and is growing exponentially daily.
A growing majority of educational institutions have abandoned Blackboard or are in the process of transitioning to open-source learning management systems and 3D Virtual Worlds such as Second Life and Teen Second Life. Even though NMPED is proclaiming CYBER ACADEMY success with an increasing enrollment of NM high school students—over 700— we as stakeholders need to our due diligence and ask critical questions such as:
· Why did San Juan College--one of the original colleges using WebCT/Blackboard and the original founder of NM Virtual College/IDEAL— opt-out of IDEAL/CYBER ACADEMY?
· What are the real reasons that IDEAL/CYBER ACADEMY Executive Director, Dr. Tim Snyder, resigned?
· Why are NM taxpayers having to pay the multi-million dollar licensing fee of Blackboard Learning Management and online course costs when other states and districts are accessing open-source online courses at no or reduced cost to the taxpayer?
· Why are the actual and IDEAL/CYBER ACADEMY student learning outcomes and documented results of student learning experience evaluations by an independent evaluation source?
· What other alternative online programs and 3D virtual worlds are being accessed and/or developed by NM Secondary and Post Secondary institutions?
· Why isn't NM adopting the MIT and other major university open-source online learning model—where learners can take online courses for free, although learners will not receive credit for the courses unless you are a registered student?Thank you for your continued interest and committed support. Please contact Jeanne O'Dean if you have questions regarding SB670.
President, Global Telesis 3, LLC
Founder, Universal Telesis 6 Institute
www.ut6.edu (under development in SL )
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