August 4, 2015

Distance education in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar -2004

Distance education in Mongolia Distance education in Mongolia

Distance education in Cuba

A revolutionary tank at the Universidad de Havana

Distance education in Cuba Distance education in Cuba

Distance Education in Afghanistan

Kuchi family near Bamian

Distance Education in Afghanistan Distance Education in Afghanistan

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

A mosque in Arar, Northern Saudi Arabia

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

South Africa

White rhinos in Pilanesburg

South Africa South Africa

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The future of educational technology?
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EDUCAUSE looks beyond the (current) LMS environment: is it a future we want?

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Brown, M, Dehoney, J., Millichap, N. (2015) The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Report on Research EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative What is it about? EDUCAUSE has published a very interesting white paper that: explores the gaps between current learning management tools and a digital learning environment that could meet the changing needs of higher education. What problem […]

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Thinking about theory and practice in online learning

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Appropriate interventions following the application of learning analytics

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Privacy and the use of learning analytics

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COHERE/CSSHE’s ‘ocean-to-ocean’ conference on flexible learning designs

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An analysis of the e-Learning Africa 2015 report

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Peter Rawsthorne's model of agile learning design

Some (further) thoughts about ‘agile’ learning design

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