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What I heard, what I did not hear and what I wish I had heard… Reflections on the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto, 2017opendistanceteachingandlearning

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:00:05 +0000

Recently I’ve had the privilege of attending the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, organized and hosted by Contact North I Contact Nord. What a conference it was! At times, it resembled a medieval marketplace or bazaar with a … Continue reading (image)

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Ecologies of open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in educationopendistanceteachingandlearningEcologies of open

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:36:28 +0000

Image credit:I’ve used two sources for the above collated image. The image of the head was sourced from while the image of the network was sourced from  Call for Proposals We are excited to invite you to submit … Continue reading (image)

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Decolonising the collection, analyses and use of student data: A tentative exploration/proposalopendistanceteachingandlearningdecolonising

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:28:49 +0000

Voices from the Global South* (*I know the term is contentious) increasingly demand to not only be recognised in the extremely uneven and skewed terrain of knowledge production and dissemination, but to actively take part and contest and reshape knowledge … Continue reading (image)

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Failing our students: not noticing the traces they leave behindopendistanceteachingandlearningbroken-glasses

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:23:04 +0000

Image credit: Last week on 1 November, Jesse Stommel hosted a panel discussion on Ethical online learning  – which stayed with me and haunted me since I’ve watched it. Somehow this morning as I was writing this blog, some … Continue reading (image)

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Some thoughts on blogging as educational activismopendistanceteachingandlearningactivism

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:03:20 +0000

[Context: This is one of the many blog posts that somehow missed the moment when they were called on-stage and hesitated in a moment of I-am-not-yet-ready-for-this and shied away and stayed hidden in a folder. And as we all know, … Continue reading (image)

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A blog on (not) bloggingopendistanceteachingandlearningtopor

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:31:29 +0000

  Image credit: Nowadays when someone asks me whether I blog, I am tempted to say “I used to blog, but not anymore” but then the next question would be “So, why did you stop blogging?” and that, my … Continue reading (image)

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Nested Scholarship: Towards A Scholarship of Transgression, Anger and HopeopendistanceteachingandlearningNestFuckTrangressionMartin Luther King

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:40:20 +0000

Some background to this blog This is a slightly reworked version of the keynote I presented on 24 August 2016 at the Vaal University of Technology, South Africa. This keynote flowed from a range of influences such as conversations with … Continue reading (image)

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The (not so) secret life of a networked and networking scholaropendistanceteachingandlearningPark

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:10:52 +0000

[Image credit: ] Not a day passes or there is not another blog or article about the creeping commercialisation and surveillance on Twitter and Facebook. No matter how often I would check my privacy settings on both of these … Continue reading (image)

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Book review: The Internet is not the answer (Andrew Keen, 2015)opendistanceteachingandlearningThe Internet is not the answerBook image - the Internet

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:06:12 +0000

There are too many examples to mention where the Internet and access to the Internet is lauded (sold?) as the answer. Recent examples include Facebook’s scheme to provide access to some services in India, of course through Facebook as platform. … Continue reading (image)

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Algorithmic decision-making in higher education: There be dragons there…opendistanceteachingandlearningThere be dragons thereDanaher

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:24:58 +0000

Algorithms do not have agency. People write algorithms. Do not blame algorithms. Do not blame the drones. The drones are not important. The human operators are important. The human operators of algorithms are not lion tamers.  Do not blame the … Continue reading (image)

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