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Comment on ‘Making Digital Learning Work’: why faculty and program directors must change their approach by Rayane Fayed

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:12:37 +0000

We are now in the middle of establishing a strategic plan for the implementation of e-learning at our institution. after many years of adopting a more bottom up approach, our leadership has now put e-learning as one of the main priorities for the institution, hence the need for a institution wide strategic plan. This report came just on time. One of the main challenges we are facing relates to lack of awareness in the added value of Blended/online learning, and the readiness for our faculty members to adopt new teaching methods. Another challenge is deciding whether adopting a centralized model for instructional design support is more guaranteed at this stage, or a decentralized one? The need is suddenly and rapidly increasing, and our Deans are requesting dedicated support for their faculty.

Comment on ‘Making Digital Learning Work’: why faculty and program directors must change their approach by Hentie Wilson, Instructional Designer at Unisa in South Africa

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:07:12 +0000

Oh well said, Tony. A brilliant review of a report - short, to the point, eliciting absent issues, and strengths, while evaluating credibility, and allowing a deeper engagement. I fully agree with your review; and you know I speak my mind if I do not agree. Thank you for this writing.

Comment on Can you teach ‘real’ engineering at a distance? by Eric

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:00:06 +0000

Yes, but the question on this board is regarding completion of a degree by distance education while maintaining a career. All of those options you have listed require full-time on site attendance.

Comment on Zuckerberg’s Frankenstein by Matt Bury

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:57:08 +0000

Interesting analogy :) You didn't include the part where the prosecutor and the judge thank Dr. Frankenberg for his very generous campaign contributions ;) Matt

Comment on ‘Humans Wanted’: online learning and skills development by Tony Bates

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:57:20 +0000

Interesting comments, Paul. I'm wondering how many other provincial school curricula actually encourage the type of teaching and learning that this report suggests will be needed. I'd like to hear from school teachers on this - as well as post-secondary education instructors

Comment on ‘Humans Wanted’: online learning and skills development by Paul Schmidt

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:45:16 +0000

Thank you for posting the RBC report. As a former Ss Principal, I’m particularly impressed with #s 4 , 8 , 9 and 10. Senior secondary students aren’t exposed to enough critical , long form , non fictional books to appreciate critical arguement building. The current emphasis on test preparation and taking isn’t advancing life long learning if we examine evidence. Experience shows that when we expect more reading from the teaching population, they are prepared to abandon much of what the obsolete Ontario curriculum suggests. Finland has made teacher training and learning a major priority. It’s not the case in Ontario where RBC will hire many of their employees from. The report posits a reinvention of a Command and control learning structure to something quite different. Maybe we begin with a Royal Commission on Digital Learning to hear some voices throughout the system, most particularly students,

Comment on ‘Humans Wanted’: online learning and skills development by Howard Davis

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:16:00 +0000

Hi Tony, Thanks for posting the report. As you note: "teaching the important non-digital skills necessary in a digital society (for instance, mindfulness, or social awareness and conduct in both real and online environments). In so much of the discussion about retooling/reskilling we neglect talking about self-awareness, self-discovery, and all that that suggests. I think the mindfulness "movement" may have helped these conversations focus more on creating learning/training which develops the "whole person," but so much of the talk devolves to layering on new skills and practices. If we just taught more STEM courses... and that sort of thing. Howard

Comment on Can you teach ‘real’ engineering at a distance? by Sebastian

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:32:47 +0000

I think it's just because of the exams. They won't believe in multiple choice evaluation. So maybe they could combine online learning with proper and hard physical exams. Just a simple opinion. Thank you.

Comment on Stanford University to be fully online by 2025? by Sebastian

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:12:01 +0000

Oh, thought it was a dream come true. Well, I can't stand physical university, physical classes, lost time, transport, silly talking, etc. Thought Coursera would give official titles. I am a true learner and critical thinker, so I don't see much difference between online, book learning and physical presence excepting the physical cost of being there. I think Books and online learning are the best, but credits, recognition and titles are a problem. Would be good for those of us who learn for the love of it, for the love of solving problems and integrating knowledge.

Comment on ‘Humans Wanted’: online learning and skills development by T.J. Elliott

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:35:17 +0000

Excellent stuff as always!!!