Friday, May 24, 2013

A Blog is Born

It has been a week of milestones. This week, @INeLearn made its 3,000th tweet, and gained its 1,000th follower! Through the year, Michelle has done some fantastic work nurturing this Twitter network and leading #INeLearn conversations. You're likely also following our boards in Pinterest, or liking our posts on Facebook. With all of these ways to connect (not to mention our IDOE webpage), we could make a great case that we don't need another stream of communication...

But it turns out that we do.

We've started the eLearning Pulse to serve two very important needs in our communication strategy. The first is simply sharing the learning that our team is fortunate to experience. This week alone we attended the second all DOE staff meeting of the Ritz administration, as well as a gathering of Indiana Chief Technology Officers sponsored by CoSN. In the future we'd like to use this blog to provide a window into these opportunities for those who aren't able to attend. This summer, such opportunities will flourish during the Summer of eLearning.  Our team is set to take the "Peace, Love, and eLearning" tour of all 17 sites across the state, and as we pile into our VW Bus (really just Candice's Prius) we'll do our best to take you every mile of the journey.

The second need is that for a feedback loop regarding eLearning developments which are moving rapidly forward. One such move is our recent collaboration with My Big Campus. Their offer of free access to Indiana will undoubtedly strengthen the momentum in our state toward digital resources. Our hope is that this blog will be a way for us to communicate the context for these developments, as well as a way to gauge their usefulness to you in your work. I hope you will use comments to respond to the ideas you find here, as well as suggest new avenues where our work can support yours.

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