The use of computers and digital communications to improve the scope,
reach, and effectiveness of education remains one of the most exciting
challenges of the information age. -- Stephen Cobb







In this context, the lowest common denominator is the need to design an elearning application that will run on the least capable systems used by the target audience.


eLearning Progress

Back in the mid-eighties, I spent several years learning how to teach computing the old way, standing up in front of a classroom full of computers (and students, obviously). We usually started out with "Reach around to the rear of the box and flip up the big red switch."


I drew on my experience of teaching hundreds and hundreds of hands-on classes to write a bunch of books about how to use various applications such as databases, spreadsheets, and word processors.

When Internet technology matured sufficiently to permit interactive-site sites, I developed online computer security and data privacy courses for a variety of clients, including AT&T and Microsoft.

Working with my brother, Mike Cobb, I experimented with various technologies for generating online training formats, tests, registration procedures, animated lessons and so on.

Much of the time we felt we were just a bit too far ahead of our time. A little too close to the bleeding edge youmight say. Software and hardware bugs, together with the lowest common denominator factor, tended to limit what we could realistically deploy.

Mike has since experimented with Flash and a variety of other technologies and deployed several of them in the education portion of IMCD, a terrific incident management tool produced by Contingenz.

When distance learning matured sufficiently to permit university-level teaching, I became an Adjunct Professor of Information Assurance at Norwich University Vermont (established 1873). I collaborated with Chey Cobb and Mich Kabay to create the first generation of course work for Norwich's Master of Science in Information Assurance program, one of the most successful in the country.

Now that the tools and bandwidth have improved considerably I have started recording podcasts as one more form of eLearning...

For more about my podcasts, check out my ClickCaster page. Hopefully, video podcasts will be next.

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Updated May, 2007 by scobb at scobb dot net © Stephen Cobb