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Sorry Rino, for the rather late response, but I ha...

2007-10-31T21:38:00.000+01:00

Sorry Rino, for the rather late response, but I have been rather busy lately...

I will base this response on the experiences within Utrecht University. I am not claiming to speak for professional Universities in the Netherlands which have adopted new pedagogical approaches. Teachers do most definitely have a pedagogical approach to their teaching and it is quite strongly teacher based. Generally speaking: The teacher defines the learning process and therefore delivers materials and assessments. Due to desired economies of scale there is very little room for variation based on the variation in students.
Please note: I am certainly not going to claim this is the best way for teaching and learning to be organised, however to maintain the required economy of scale teachers need to be able to work with the VLE/ELO quickly and efficiently. Complex systems offering a large amount of freedom get teachers confused and sidetracked. I know I am probably insulting some teachers now, but I am trying to curb the urge of the new and argue for a more realistic option.



"the large majority of teaching staff are not look...

2007-10-05T15:38:00.000+02:00

"the large majority of teaching staff are not looking for a system that will do absolutely everything, but rather a straightforward system that will let them do exactly what they want to do quickly and easily"

And what is it, then, what they want to do [apparently free from any pedogical burden] that they need the power of a particular ELO to do it, and what is it in any other ELO that would make it slow and difficult?