Tag Archives: e-learning

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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Seeing Jesus in toast: Irreverent ideas on some of the claims pertaining to learning analytics


“In 2004 Diane Duyser sold a decade-old grilled cheese sandwich that bore a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary. She got $28,000 for it on eBay” (Matter, 2014), and in 2009 Linda Lowe found an image of Jesus staring at … Continue reading

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Silence as counter-narrative in higher, open, distance and e-learning


At the start of 2014 it is important to claim a space in the blogosphere by making predictions for 2014 or analysing the trends in 2013. Writing a blog on being silent or ‘pausing’ is therefore most probably strange (or … Continue reading

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Being tongue-tied and speechless in higher education: implications for notions of (il)literacy #metaliteracy


In an earlier blog this year I shared my belief that I blog not because I necessarily want to or have extra time on my hands, but that I really feel compelled to blog. To stop blogging was, at that … Continue reading

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Alliances of hope: breaking cycles of poverty and despair


Amidst increasing concerns that higher education does not seem to make a dent in unemployment rates; many stakeholders (including students) ask various questions not only with regard to the purpose of higher education, but also about its curricula, assessment strategies, … 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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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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