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Education Policy Fellowship Program

A Virtual Learning Experience

May 10, 2004
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Virtual University
3101 Technology Parkway, Suite G
Lansing, MI 48910

This session will explore in depth the concept of virtual learning or e-learning. The participants will utilize several resources available through the Michigan Virtual University (MVU) including the Global Collaboration Center. The participants will experience an online learning exercise, examine an online course offered by MVU and learn how the Web and the Internet are transforming teaching and learning at all levels.


EPFP Learning Team Members:

Mary Anderson
Stacie Gibson
Tim Lewis
Susan Printy
Gale Sharpe

Resource Persons:

Ms. Barb Fardell
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Director of Curriculum
Michigan Virtual High School

Barbara Fardell has worked for the Michigan Virtual University and Michigan Virtual High School since 2001. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Manager of Teacher Training and Development. Her responsibilities include training Michigan teachers to utilize distance learning in the classroom and preparing them to be online instructors. She is currently coordinating the development of 60 new online courses that will be available in the spring and fall of 2004. Barbara has assisted Michigan schools with the implementation of MVHS courses and she has extensive experience as an online instructor. She taught the first courses offered by MVHS, which included online courses in Career Planning, Psychology, American Literature and Business Communication. She has served as an administrator of an alternative education program, a high school language arts teacher, a middle school English teacher, and a children’s librarian. She earned her BA in English Education and MA in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from Michigan State University.

Dr. Patrick Dickson
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College of Education
Michigan State University

Dr. Patrick Dickson is a professor of educational psychology with interests in human development, multimedia learning environments, and cross-cultural research. His teaching and research activities focus on applying lifespan developmental perspectives to the design of new learning environments. He is also exploring how the Internet can be used to create links among students and teachers around the world, as well as links between schools and out-of-school settings, including homes and science museums. His areas of expertise include Asia, cross-cultural and international uses of technology, curriculum applications of technology, educational technology and planning, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. Dr. Dickson is a former physics, chemistry, physical science and mathematics teacher in Atlanta. He previously served on the faculty at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University.


  • Survey - Measuring Assumptions

  • What is the Current State of Virtual Learning?

  • Online Learning Course Exercise

  • Speaker – Barb Fardell, Director of Curriculum at Michigan Virtual High School

  • Break

  • Speaker – Dr. Patrick Dickson, Learning, Technology, and Culture Coordinator - Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at MSU

  • Web Search

  • Group Systems – Virtual Fellow Collaboration


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