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Martin Luther King. Jr. once noted that “we may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.” For the California Community Colleges, this boat is the Online Education Initiative (OEI). Funded by the California Legislature in 2013, it represents an initial investment of $57 million to help our students achieve their educational goals through unified access to high-quality online learning.

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Many agree that for distance education to be truly successful, “human presence,” the ability to interact authentically with other human beings, must be central to the pedagogical design. YouSeeU.com capitalizes on this principle by providing customized LMS-agnostic applications for asynchronous online human interaction. Join Dr. Douglas Hersh, Dean, Learning and Technology Resources at Grossmont College as he videoconferences with YourSeeU's Josh Kamrath to learn about their exciting new enabling technologies for human presence.

In this edition of Pedagogy 2.0, I’d like to focus on a quiet revolution that is less about gold-plated iPhones and more focused on wonder, excitement, and just plain fun. I am referring to how a new generation of dreamers will change your life through a combination of daring, design, and development. The projects below suggest just how much our students can learn through an integrated multidisciplinary curriculum formulated around their outcome-oriented ventures.

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While some learning theories view student note-taking as an essential means of knowledge reconstruction, many students find the multitasking requirements daunting. Pedagogy 2.0 speaks with Cogi.com to learn about a mobile note-talking app that promises to help students listen and think critically when information exceeds the speed of write. Watch the video and let us know what you think!

Montgolfier Aérostat Réveillon, 1783.The Montgolfier brothers could have lofted their Aérostat Réveillon on the sighs of relief issued by distance educators when the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court ruling on June 5th, 2012 to vacate U.S. Department of Education §600.9c.