I still find this amazing. After a year and a half, the Bees site is still getting tons and tons of hits, over 500,000 since last August alone. It’s still the second site that comes up on Google when you search for the book title, ahead of B&N and even the author’s site. Now I know not every hit is a unique visitor, but there sure are a lot of people reading what my kids wrote.
Stephen Downes says
This is what happened to me with my Guide to the Logical Fallacies. I had visitors in the hundreds of thousands before Link Exchange (which was sold to Microsoft, which eventually demanded that I get a Microsoft Passport) stopped recording visitors. It continues to linger at the top of Google and I answer a few enquiries from the site every week.
Something like this completely changes your perspective about online learning content. With 500,000 visitors, how many more online resources about bees do you think are needed? A few, maybe – but not hundreds. Is your resource good enough to be used as a ‘learning object’? Absolutely – numbers like this speak for themselves.
I have wavering faith in learning objects, properly so called. But my faith in reusable online learning content is unshaken, and is bolstered every day by examples like this. And this – not prepackaged LMS-delivered SCOs – is the future of online learning.