August 21, 2014

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

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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

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South Africa

White rhinos in Pilanesburg

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Learning theories and online learning

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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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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 writing about learning theories with some dread. In particular I was concerned (in order … [Read More...]