Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Tower of Babel: MOOCs, Online Learning, and Language…

Machine translation may soon, under certain conditions, make concerns about the role of language in online learning and MOOCs obsolete (e.g., Google’s ‘Babel fish’ heralds future of translation). Though this will solve the issue of translation, it will still not … Continue reading

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The other “M” in the future of higher and distance education (#CFHE12)

While the current debates and discourses surrounding higher and distance education are focused (if not obsessed) with MOOCs  (Massive Open Online Courses), there are also other “M”s to reflect upon. No, I am not talking about the Head of the … Continue reading

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Send in the clowns – managers and leaders in higher education (#CFHE)

We can possibly describe 2012 in higher education as alternating between revolution and carnival as higher education institutions across the world respond to the stampede to roll out online learning, embrace various forms of open courseware, teaching and accreditation, different … Continue reading

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Cattle in the mist: the promise of learning analytics (#CFHE12)

“If you have three pet dogs, give them names. If you have 10,000 head of cattle, don’t bother” (David Gelernter in Long & Siemens, 2011, p. 32). Once upon a time, education consisted of small, intimate Socratic circles where learners … Continue reading

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