Tag Archives: Unisa

The question of “fit” in distance education (#OMDE)


Most higher education institutions have elaborate admission requirements aimed to ensure, inter alia, that only the most worthy students get the opportunity to enrol. Distance education (DE) has, since its early days, boasted that it provides educational opportunities for those … 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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Change in distance education: Burning platforms or burning Rome?(#OMDE601)


[Images retrieved from http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article23541.html and http://www.youtube.com/channel/fK6RK4HFxJGXX1LxHHaH6w, 4 June 2012] The notion of a ‘burning platform’ is the latest addition to ‘management speak’ in higher education and my immediate context as an open distance learning (ODL) institution is no exception.  This term joins … Continue reading

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Another brick in the wall? Reflections on higher education in the 21st century (#change11)


[Image retrieved from http://www.nichefoto.com/view.php?id=4368 11 January 2012) In this week’s focus in change.mooc.ca , Valerie Irvine and Jillian Code invited us to reflect on the future of “brick and mortar” universities in the light of some of the challenges these … Continue reading

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