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Effectiveness and capacity building in ODL: increasing the number of eggs we lay …(#change11)(#fslt12)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, May 21, 2012
[Image retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/31/farmers-flout-battery-hen-ban 20 May 2012] The alternative title for this week's blog is: "Confessions of a tired battery chicken"... Organisational effectiveness is high on the numerous agendas of higher education institutions – whether reflected in our risk registers, … Continue reading → Mon, 21 May 2012 03:28:38 +0000 [Comment]

Slow, connected learning vs. assembly line education (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Feb 28, 2012
[Images retrieved from http://quickrelease.tv/?p=460, and http://tinyurl.com/6r3ljcw 28 February 2012] Engaging with Geetha Narayanan's proposal of slow and whole learning (last week  in change.mooc.ca) was an interesting exercise of trying to make sense of something so far removed from my present … Continue reading → Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:05:03 +0000 [Comment]

Opening the "black box" of institutional failure to fully embrace the affordances of technology (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Feb 15, 2012
[Image retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/72szj8a, 15 February 2012] In the unfortunate event of a plane crash, almost as important as finding any survivors is the search for the flight recorder or "black box" – which will hopefully provide insight into the … Continue reading → Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:18:52 +0000 [Comment]

Confronting the empire: accreditation and validation of research in higher education (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 31, 2012
[Image retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/786af4q, 31 January 2012] While this week is a "break" week in the change mooc, I decided to reflect on the article to which I referred last week – Rhoades, R.A. 2011. The U.S. research university as … Continue reading → Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:53:44 +0000 [Comment]

The social capital of accreditation in higher education (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 25, 2012
[Image retrieved from http://www.businessearth.com/social-capital-understand-grow/ 25 January 2012] Following from this week's post "The selfish giant and the unlocking of the gates of higher education" and the discussions that followed from it; I realised that there is more to the issue … Continue reading → Wed, 25 Jan 2012 07:25:12 +0000 [Comment]

The selfish giant and the unlocking of the gates of elitist higher education (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 24, 2012
[Image retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/7kq5lra on 24 January 2012] Engaging with this week's mooc  reading, "Unlocking the Gates. How and why leading universities are opening up access to their courses" by Taylor Walsh, (in conjunction with Ithaka S+R); left me tossing … Continue reading → Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:18:37 +0000 [Comment]

Of rainforests, Ferraris and open distance learning (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 18, 2012
[Ferrari image retrieved from http://automotivecarnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Ferrari-F430.jpg, 18 January 2012 and the rainforest image retrieved from http://www.squidoo.com/save-amazon-river-wildlife-and-conserve-rainforest-amazon-animals-plants, 18 January 2012] In this week's change.mooc.ca, David Snowden is our host and provocateur and what a privilege it is to engage with his work. … Continue reading → Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:30:49 +0000 [Comment]

Of dinosaurs, brick and mortar higher education and other big dying things (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 12, 2012
              [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 and … Continue reading → Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:28:18 +0000 [Comment]

Another brick in the wall? Reflections on higher education in the 21st century (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 11, 2012
[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 → Wed, 11 Jan 2012 06:39:27 +0000 [Comment]

A "dummy's guide" to crap/power detection in a networked world (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Jan 05, 2012
[Image retrieved from http://blog.theminibrochure.com/  5 January 2012] This week Howard Rheingold got the Change MOOC off to a flying start with his focus on "Net Smart: Introduction to fundamental social media literacies". Although I could not attend the live sessions … Continue reading → Thu, 05 Jan 2012 19:25:34 +0000 [Comment]

Slow learning in a fast-changing and increasingly unequal world #change11
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Dec 07, 2011
In this week's post on change.mooc.ca, Clark Quin proposes "slow learning" as an alternative and more preferable pedagogical approach in today's world. Quin writes: "Our formal learning approaches too often don't follow how our brains really work." There are a … Continue reading → Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:16:07 +0000 [Comment]

Of bow ties and MOOCs: a personal reflection (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Nov 29, 2011
This reflection is a strange bricolage of two non-related issues: learning to tie a bow tie (as a 53-year old) and reflecting on my experience of a Massive Open Online Course, MOOC). I did not grow up with bow ties. … Continue reading → Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:25:32 +0000 [Comment]

Adjacent chaos/anarchy/growth/domination/futures #change11
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Nov 23, 2011
In this week's blog, Jon Dron explores the nature of technologies (#change11). He starts with an interesting (and crucial) definition: "All technologies are assemblies that orchestrate phenomena to some purpose (Arthur, 2009). They may consist of, use or embody tools … Continue reading → Wed, 23 Nov 2011 04:50:55 +0000 [Comment]

Learning in an age/time of affluenza? #change11
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Nov 16, 2011
My first reflection on Erik Duval's blog posting "Learning in a time of abundance" focused on situating the claim of 'a time of abundance' against the background of the state of permanent non-abundance and scarcity that large numbers of people … Continue reading → Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:42:20 +0000 [Comment]

Learning in an age/time of abundance #change11: A view from the South
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Nov 15, 2011
In reading Erik Duval's blog posting "Learning in a time of abundance", I was immediately aware of how some elements in his blog confirmed what I experience as a privileged white employed male with a good medical aid, living in … Continue reading → Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:05:08 +0000 [Comment]

A tentative socio-critical exploration of rhizomatic education (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Nov 08, 2011
In an essay on rhizomatic education, Dave Cormier proposes the following: "In the rhizomatic model of learning, curriculum is not driven by predefined inputs from experts; it is constructed and negotiated in real time by the contributions of those engaged … Continue reading → Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:54:47 +0000 [Comment]

Bubble bubble toil and trouble: Unravelling bottom-up/top-down approaches to institutional change (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Oct 31, 2011
We are 7 weeks into change.mooc.ca and every week I try to make sense of how open, distance and e-learning institutions in the developing world can and should respond to the different challenges and opportunities of a networked, connected, increasingly … Continue reading → Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:13:38 +0000 [Comment]

Using technologies in ODL: Transforming or enhancing teaching and learning? (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Oct 19, 2011
During a recent Elluminate session by Tony Bates (http://mooc.change.ca), he posed the interesting question whether technologies are currently used to enhance rather than transform teaching and learning? In reflecting on his question, I felt, at times, as if I was … Continue reading → Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:29:30 +0000 [Comment]

Going open – some reflections on the implications of 'open content'
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Oct 12, 2011
This reflection was prompted by an essay by David Wiley in change.mooc.ca (#change11). I cannot and do not want to claim that what I am about to share is 'true' for all open, distance and e-learning institutions. I do furthermore … Continue reading → Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:56:25 +0000 [Comment]

Making sense of collective/connective learning – the plot thickens (#change11)
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Oct 06, 2011
Somehow the notion of collective/connective learning (#change11) does not want to let me go. I attended (however briefly) an Elluminate session today with Allison Littlejohn as part of change.mooc.ca. On the bus back home the following question remained with me: … Continue reading → Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:05:02 +0000 [Comment]

Collective and connected learning: implications for open, distance and e-learning
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Oct 05, 2011
In a position paper by Allison Littlejohn on “Connected knowledge, collective learning” (#change11), she states that “… real-world problems are now too complex to be solved by a single person" and that we therefore have to look for collective solutions. … Continue reading → Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:19:08 +0000 [Comment]

Wednesday 14 September
opendistanceteachingandlearning, opendistanceteachingandlearning, Sept 20, 2011
#change11 Have registered for the change.mooc.ca. My first experience in a Massive Open Online Course.  After watchning the introductory videos, I have a better understanding of what to expect from the course. What is more interestingly (and challenging) is to … Continue reading → Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:46:02 +0000 [Comment]


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