Monthly Archives: December 2011

The complexities of designing authentic learning in open distance learning (#change11)

In this week’s MOOC, the focus is on authentic learning. Jan Herrington provides very insightful pointers to her understanding of authentic learning (which differs from may other notions regarding authentic learning). Let me immediately state that her proposal makes a … Continue reading

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Kneejerk reactions to student pass rates in open and distance learning (ODL)

It is that time of the year again when academic departments finalise the moderation of student marks and the interrogation starts – “Why did your pass rate fall with 10% since the previous semester?” and more worryingly “What are you … Continue reading

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Slow learning in a fast-changing and increasingly unequal world #change11

In this week’s post on, Clark Quin proposes “slow learning” as an alternative and more preferable pedagogical approach in today’s world. Quin writes: “Our formal learning approaches too often don’t follow how our brains really work.” There are a … Continue reading

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