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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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Fifty shades of grey in higher and distance education (#oped12)


Not a day goes past without someone, somewhere claiming a new form of higher and distance education whether it is a new type of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a Little Open Online Course (LOOC) or various degrees of for-profit … Continue reading

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Tensions and tipping points in higher and distance education


The use of a particular set of metaphors or expressions during the First Unisa International ODL conference hosted 5-7 September 2012, prompted me to think about organisational change in higher and distance education. Though it is possible that other metaphors … 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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Of dinosaurs, brick and mortar higher education and other big dying things (#change11)


                [Image retrieved from http://www.geekologie.com/2007/09/get_your_very_own_pet_dinosaur.php 12 January 2012] In this week’s change mooc, Irvine and Code introduced the question regarding the future of “brick and mortar” universities. Higher education in general, and “brick … Continue reading

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