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My name is Jim Janossy, Sr. I teach at DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media and I have since 1987. (Click on my picture above if you want to learn more about me and why I think you might find me a credible resource on the topics described on this page!)  See here two real-life examples of distance learning courses I teach, arranged using a technique I decribe here, named "page-linked learning":

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My research has focused on optimizing the effectiveness of web supports for in-classroom and online learning. I created this web site at www.BetterOnlineLearning.Org to share what I have learned with faculty colleagues. The techniques I now use are based on a simple model called page-linked learning. This couples assigned reading material to concise multimedia resources that the instructor selects to explain, broaden and clarify course content.

Page-linked learning connects the instructor, learners, and subject matter directly without reliance on complex computer software. Page-linked learning techniques reduce technical complexity for instructors and learners. This method coupled with use of a "mentoring" pedagogy makes it possible for instructors to provide more productive online learning (more productive for both faculty AND students). This uses today's free internet tools and commonly present software to eliminate technical distractions; it makes it unnecessary to implement and learn additional complex tools such as as a  "learning management system" (LMS). In doing so it not only reduces distraction hurdles and overhead, but also cost. By eliminating tens of thousands of dollars (or more!) in annual software licensing expense, and attendant technical support and training requirements, it makes it possible for all schools, regardless of funding constraints, to offer quality online learning to students. It enables faculty and students to focus on subject matter instead of shallow "slide flipping" animation tools and other frilly feature-laden gimmicks that have very little to do with productive learning, which has a tendency to increase faculty "buy in" to online support techniques. And it's more enjoyable and much less frustrating!

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URL's should say what they are, even if they are a bit long--as long as you can readily spell them! I'm in the process of organizing a non-profit to help schools and colleges learn about and use this simple but very effective approach. But forming a non-profit is a lengthy process. This concept is too beneficial, too productive, and so capable of delivering results and reducing administrative costs that I'm happy to help any individual or institution learn about it right now. Think about your budget: wouldn't you rather put your limited resources into your mission as expressed in faculty, courses, and programs of study instead of into technical overhead? Call or text if I have piqued your interest; I'll be happy to show you more about page-linked learning and the simple steps needed to implement it!

Jim Janossy     (872) 205-0642     jjanossy@depaul.edu