The formation of the Digital Learning Council shows that the time has come shape the growth of online and blended learning. What are you doing?
As the executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, I have persuaded my trustees to invest the majority of our funding in organizations that are involved in two aspects of digital learning: public policy and proof points.
Why did you decide to join the Digital Learning Council?
I decided to join the Council because of the caliber of the other members and because it is imperative that we start this revolution with a clear mandate for what is required to make it happen.
How will the DLC make positive impacts on policy shaping? Where can we make the most impact?
By publishing the principles that underlie the successful proliferation of digital learning, the Council will establish the criteria that policy makers need to follow in order to transform the delivery of learning in the U.S.A. The biggest impact can be made in cooperation with the states, since that is where education is regulated.
For potential outside partners who may want to assist the DLC, what kind of help would be most useful?
The most useful help potential partners can offer is financial. There are two projects that require major investments and that are critical for digital learning: 1) the creation of a portal that enables hybrid schools to access all available products for integration into their curriculum and 2) the establishment of a standard, national ID system that allows for tracking students and teachers regardless of their mobility.