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What I heard, what I did not hear and what I wish I had heard… Reflections on the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto, 2017


Recently I’ve had the privilege of attending the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, organized and hosted by Contact North I Contact Nord. What a conference it was! At times, it resembled a medieval marketplace or bazaar with a … Continue reading

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Kangaroo courts on student success in distance education


It is that time of the year again when students’ examination results are scrutinized and various investigations held to determine not necessarily why students failed, but more importantly, who can we held accountable for the state of affairs. Mostly, (however … 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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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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Why I blog…


I posted my first blog on 10 September 2011. Personally, it was a huge step. My blogging “career” most probably started during 2010-2011 when I wrote an internal institutional blog or communique on matters pertaining to open distance learning (ODL). … Continue reading

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