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Learning theories and online learning

Figure 3.3. Adults learning in groups in a constructivist manner – and assisted by technology Introduction Chapter 3 of my open textbook on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ is about theory and practice in teaching for a digital age, which I am still in the process of writing. I have to admit that I approached […]
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Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)

As part of my open textbook on Teaching in a Digital Age, I am working my way through theories of learning and methods of teaching. I will post shortly my initial draft on theories of learning and their relevance for a digital age. In this post I want to discuss the lecture and its relevance for […]
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Guest blog: MOOCs: Disruptor or Indicator of Something Deeper?

Introduction I don’t usually do guest blogs, and when I do it’s always because I know they will be of the highest quality – and I NEVER accept unrequested guest blogs from people I don’t know. However, I was a participant in a study on MOOCs by Nicole Christen for a paper as part of […]
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Submitting a doctoral thesis on online learning? Some things to keep in mind

Old people often complain that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, that standards are falling, and it used to be better in our day. Having examined over 40 doctoral students over the last 45 years, often as the external examiner, it would be easy for me to fall into that trap. On […]
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Conference: 8th EDEN Research Workshop on research in online learning and distance education

What: Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things ‘The focus of the event is on quality research discussed in unusual workshop setting with informal and intimate surroundings. The session formats will promote collaboration opportunities, including: parallel ‘research-speed-dating’ papers, team symposia sessions, workshops and demonstrations.‘ When: 26-28 October, 2014 Where: Oxf...
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The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching

Teaching in a Digital Age I’ve now just published Chapter 2 of my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. Chapter 1 looks at the fundamental changes that are happening in our digital age, and the broad implications these changes have for teaching and learning. The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in […]
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WCET’s analysis of U.S. statistics on distance education

U.S.Department of Education (2014) Web Tables: Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by State: Fall 2012 Washington DC: U.S.Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Hill, P. and Poulin, R. (2014) A response to new NCES report on distance education e-Literate, June 11 The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences operates a National Center […]
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Opening up: chapter one of Teaching in a Digital Age

I’ve not been blogging much recently, because (a) I’ve been on holiday for a month in the Mediterranean and (b) I’ve been writing my book. Teaching in a Digital World As you are probably aware, I’m doing this as an open textbook, which means learning to adapt to a new publishing environment. As well as […]
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Washington State Community College System plans online competency-based associate degree

The Olympian (2014) Competency-based learning makes college credit more accessible for all The Bellingham Herald, June 3 The State of Washington is introducing a new online associate degree program in business studies. Some of the features:: competency-based, recognizing the value of what students already know and can do state-wide transferable to four year state universities students […]
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Are universities teaching the skills needed in a knowledge-based economy?

I’ve been on holiday the last two and a half weeks, but also doing some writing for my open textbook on teaching in a digital age. Are universities teaching the skills needed in a knowledge-based economy? This is one of the questions I have been asking myself, and there of course a couple of ways to […]