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Making sense of access: Access to what? At what cost? For whom?


The last two weeks have been momentous in the context of thinking about access to (higher) education, the cost of access and who benefits the most from having access. On 14 October 2015 Tressie McMillan Cottom delivered the first keynote at … Continue reading

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2013 – An African making sense of signals and noise in higher and distance education (#etmooc)


Disclaimer: I write this overview of some of the challenges facing higher and distance education in Africa in 2013, from the specific context of my location in South Africa. I cannot, however, speak on behalf of Africa. Even my identity … Continue reading

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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 myth of the ‘average learner’ in distance education (#OMDE)


What does the ‘average learner’ look like in distance education? Considering that distance education has always been known for providing access to students who would have been excluded from higher education opportunities – the demographic profiles, competencies, educational and life-history … Continue reading

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Independent learning: myth or prerequisite? (#OMDE)


Learners as independent and autonomous agents sound a bit like we require them to be like the Lone Ranger (without Tonto), or possibly resemble Don Quixote chasing after windmills in the company of a co-opted Sancho Panza? Are the notions … Continue reading

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is… A reflection on higher education in flux (#OMDE)


[Image retrieved from http://www.wallpaperhere.com/Animals/Other/It_s_a_Bird_It_s_a_Plane_71751%5D Since humankind’s early days on the planet, we were interested in (and at times obsessed with) classifying animals, birds, vegetation and alas, fellow humans. Humankind’s survival depended on the ‘correct’ classification between dangerous and harmless snakes, … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Reflections on the way we describe our teaching… (#OMDE601)


[Image retrieved from http://news.howzit.msn.com/quotes-of-the-week-may-11?page=13, 28 May 2012] In the beginning there was … correspondence education, then distance education(DE), then open distance learning (ODL), then open distance and e-learning (ODeL), then bring-your-own-device (BYOD) learning, then flipped classrooms … – and so … Continue reading

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