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About opendistanceteachingandlearning

Research professor in Open Distance and E-Learning (ODeL) at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Interested in teaching and learning in networked and open distance and e-learning environments. I blog in my personal capacity and the views expressed in the blog does not reflect or represent the views of my employer, the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Decolonising the collection, analyses and use of student data: A tentative exploration/proposal


Voices from the Global South* (*I know the term is contentious) increasingly demand to not only be recognised in the extremely uneven and skewed terrain of knowledge production and dissemination, but to actively take part and contest and reshape knowledge … Continue reading

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Failing our students: not noticing the traces they leave behind


Image credit: https://pixabay.com/p-366446/?no_redirect Last week on 1 November, Jesse Stommel hosted a panel discussion on Ethical online learning  – which stayed with me and haunted me since I’ve watched it. Somehow this morning as I was writing this blog, some … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on blogging as educational activism


[Context: This is one of the many blog posts that somehow missed the moment when they were called on-stage and hesitated in a moment of I-am-not-yet-ready-for-this and shied away and stayed hidden in a folder. And as we all know, … Continue reading

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A blog on (not) blogging


  Image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/bird-death-dead-829242/ Nowadays when someone asks me whether I blog, I am tempted to say “I used to blog, but not anymore” but then the next question would be “So, why did you stop blogging?” and that, my … Continue reading

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Nested Scholarship: Towards A Scholarship of Transgression, Anger and Hope


Some background to this blog This is a slightly reworked version of the keynote I presented on 24 August 2016 at the Vaal University of Technology, South Africa. This keynote flowed from a range of influences such as conversations with … Continue reading

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The (not so) secret life of a networked and networking scholar


[Image credit: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2016/05/01/20/12/swing-1365713_960_720.jpg ] Not a day passes or there is not another blog or article about the creeping commercialisation and surveillance on Twitter and Facebook. No matter how often I would check my privacy settings on both of these … Continue reading

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Book review: The Internet is not the answer (Andrew Keen, 2015)


There are too many examples to mention where the Internet and access to the Internet is lauded (sold?) as the answer. Recent examples include Facebook’s scheme to provide access to some services in India, of course through Facebook as platform. … Continue reading

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