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“I have fallen in love with this [online] method of teaching. I feel more connected to my students than I ever have … .”

  • Gina Greco, English instructor, Hudson Valley

Community College (NY) and University of Phoenix

“I trained for it, I t ied it, and I ll never do it again. While online teaching may be the wave of the future (although I desperate y hope no , it is not for me. …‘ irtual community’ is the ultimate oxymoron.”

  • Elayne Clift, Lecturer at various colleges

and universities


2009 Findings


“I am a part of all that I have met.”

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

iglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh!” he whispered. “ es, iglet?” “Nothing,” said iglet, taking Pooh s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”

  • A.A. Milne (1882–1956), from

The House at Pooh Corner

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

  • Bill Gates

“Even when they re in a physical classroom, of cou se, students can use technology to ignore the classroom around them. … Somehow professo s have got to engage the students more than the technology at their fingertips.”

  • Mark Blankenship, critic and reporter

“It was impossible to get a conve sation going, everybody was talking too much.”

  • Yogi Berra

“Eventual y everything connects — people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”

“With new technologies we’ve tended to do the same things more efficient y, when what we need is to do different things more effective y.”

— Charles Eames (American designer, 1907–1978)

— Christopher Dede, Professor, Harvard School of Education

“These are just technologies. Using them does not make you modern, smart, mora , wise, fai , or decent. It just makes you able to communicate, compete, and collaborate farther and faster.”

  • Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Engagement

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