As soon as we can get four students together by phone or in person, we can approach Dr. Fischler to follow up with this request for an interview.
Here is Dr. Fischler's response:
I am interested in looking at the area of education, need and process. I would be happy to meet with a small group of students.
HERE IS THE REQUEST THAT I SENT TO HIM
In a class that I'm taking about distance learning, the use of satellites came up...
I mentioned the following in a message to my instructor (Charles Schlosser)...
You asked us to reflect on the content of the presentation.
The role of satellites in Nova University's evolution: I found the following item on Nova University's website:
Since there is a time restriction, please go to PLAN B (Lesson about Using Youtube in Distance Learning)
Click here for the Lesson Plan's Instructions
Proposed Lesson Plan:
The Use of Transmissions via Satellite in Nova University's Early Distance Learning Programs
The lesson will be based on interviews with key people who were involved with Nova University's early use of satellites in the 1970s.
Key Questions (more questions will come from the other students who participate in the session with Dr. Fischler):
(more questions will come from the other students who participate in the session with Dr. Fischler):
Return to EDD 7007
If you are interested in submitting questions to Dr. Fischler, please go here
Peer Feedback about the Transmission via Satellite Lesson Plan
from KP Hagen
Lesson Plan: The Use of Transmissions via Satellite in Nova University's early Distance Learning programs
I went back and checked the requirements for this assignment. The timeline isn’t just a good idea, it’s a requirement. I saw one person lay out his like this and I thought it was good:
that's the 6-minute video...
Letter sent to my colleagues:
TO: various grad school students in my classes.
1. Dr. Fischler has agreed to talk about "need and process" in Education.
2. He's willing to be interviewed if there is a group of grad students as part of the interview
3. I would like to include you in the group
You can show your interest by submitting to me at least three questions based on the blog TheStudentIstheClass.com
Here are the questions (so far).
1. How do you see teacher education needing to evolve to accommodate your vision?
2. Some states allow portfolios to be used as part of the assessment process. How do you see portfolios evolving? What commitment do schools need to give to accommodate the needs of students who can't maintain an e-portfolio at their home? What responsibility does the educational system have to give space for teachers to store portfolios that are "in progress"?
3. What are the headaches that you perceive in getting your vision ready to happen?
4. Has anyone approached you about the vision? Is there a zone of K-12 that wants to try your system?
5. What were the early obstacles to using satellites in distance education at Nova? Is there anyone around that I can interview to learn more about the history and achievements of the program?
Once I have received at least 10 questions, I will arrange for an interview with Dr. Fischler, send him the questions so he can prep, then I'll video the session so you all can hear his answers. If you can make it to the video session, great. Your time commitment is your choice. Let's make this interviewing process easy on Dr. Fischler and flexible to his schedule.
If he says that he can meet on July 14, for example, I'll set up a conference call with my mobile phone on http://www.freeconference.com and arrange for a phone number for you to call in and listen to the session live. I can also receive text messages at 954 646 8246 or short email messages to SteveEnglishTeacher@gmail.com (fewer than 140 characters) if you want to ask a follow up to one of his responses.
I will record the interview and post it on youtube so you can access it (I will arrange for a private channel on youtube).
STEP BY STEP
1. Please read some parts of his blog TheStudentIstheClass.com
2. Send me three questions along with a phone number and an email address that I can use to keep you updated
3. When I have at least three other people and at leas 5 questions, I'm arranging for something
4. I will contact you when the meeting time is finalized.
Thank you for reading this far. I hope I can count on your participation. There is no guarantee that this interview will take place.
+1 954 646 8246
for your convenience, I have posted an excerpt from the blog below
What is my vision and strategy for educational change?
I believe that we in education must make the investment to do the same for our clients, i.e., each student. What investment is needed?
There are three modes of instruction: 1) self-paced or CAI, 2) project or problem-solving and 3) discussion. Self-paced or CAI requires that each student have access to a computer and modem and access to the curriculum on a server on a 24/7 basis. Projects and problems should be relevant to students so they can relate to the given subject area.
For English and Math, we should implement CAI in the 1st grade (and continue thereafter). The reason English and Math are chosen is that these are the two cultural imperative languages. If you know these two languages and are motivated as a self-learner, you can teach yourself almost anything you want to learn. And, one of the goals of education is to create self-learners.
For all other subjects, the teacher can pose a project or problem that is relevant to the student. Once the problem is defined, the class can be broken down into groups of 4-5 students in order to research the solution to the problem. If complex, each of the groups may study an aspect of the problem. With these subjects, the student uses the computer as a research tool (after having learned to read). Students are taught to use search engines such as Google or Yahoo as well as the intranet made available by teachers gathering information relevant for the students.
Students working in a group learn cooperation, shared responsibility and communication (face-to-face as well as e-mail). Having produced a written solution to the problem utilizing the computer (power point) as a tool, they can then present to the class for discussion. They can also use email or a written report to other students as well as the teacher.
Arbitrary learning within fixed time periods would be eliminated, i.e., no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. grades. Instead, students would be grouped chronologically with materials appropriate to their learning level and style using the CAI approach for English and Math, and the project/problem/discussion modes for other subjects. The projects given to the students match the level of English and Math competencies and are related to the students (their interests and their lives). For example, in 3rd grade, how would you study the amount of water that a plant needs to grow? I would utilize the students’ Math knowledge (learned through CAI) for science learning. Likewise, rather than studying history through memorization and chronology, it can be studied through problems based on the immediate environment for younger children and more abstract concepts in later grades.
Dr. Fischler is President Emeritus and University Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He served as President of Nova University from July 1970 to July 1992. Prior to coming to Nova in 1966, Dr. Fischler was Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He began his career in education as a science teacher and earned his Ed.D. degree at Columbia University. Subsequently, he became Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. After his retirement as President, he served on the Broward County School Board from 1994 to 1998. Dr. Fischler has been a consultant to the Ford Foundation, to various State Departments of Education, and to school districts in a number of states. He has authored many articles and publications dealing with science education and advanced teaching methods. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of numerous other educational and scientific organizations.
Use of Satellites in Distance Learning
Note: This is a draft of a proposed plan. The condition set by Dr. Fischler is getting "a small group" (let's say four students) to participate in the interviews.