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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 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, and 28 February 2012] Engaging with Geetha Narayanan's proposal of slow and whole learning (last week  in 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, 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, 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 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 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, 18 January 2012 and the rainforest image retrieved from, 18 January 2012] In this week's, 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 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 11 January 2012) In this week's focus in , 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  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, 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 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 (, 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 (#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 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 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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