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A MOOC on Change: Education, Learning, and Technology

Modernity and its outcasts – the role of higher education

Right now there are about 42 million displaced people in the world.   One in every 170 persons in the world has been uprooted by war.  …  About one third of them are officially recognized refugees because they have crossed an … Continue reading

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Coursera Condescension

Originally posted on Posthegemony:
Yesterday I watched the video of Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, speaking at UBC a couple of weeks ago. After her presentation, three UBC professors who have taught or are currently teaching a Coursera MOOC contributed…

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Hashima, Foucault and the state of higher education

As 2012 winds to a close, many beg for a reprieve in the daily onslaught of changes, and reports of changes facing higher and distance education. Looking back at the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, nothing could … Continue reading

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Is the future of higher and distance education asynchronous, open and just-in-time (#oped12)?

Just in case, just in time, just enough, just for me… What do these say about our degree structures, the time (and resources) our students need to complete full qualifications designed in a bygone era and where the reality of … Continue reading

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Of kittens and tigers in open education (#oped12)

In a blog post in 2003, George Siemens wondered whether OER, at that stage, was not just (yet another) cute kitten.  It is almost incomprehensible that one would find someone who does not love cute kittens, and therefore, by the … Continue reading

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Effectiveness and capacity building in ODL: increasing the number of eggs we lay …(#change11)(#fslt12)

[Image retrieved from 20 May 2012] The alternative title for this week’s blog is: “Confessions of a tired battery chicken”… Organisational effectiveness is high on the numerous agendas of higher education institutions – whether reflected in our risk registers, … Continue reading

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