e-Learning Blog

Reflections on the Knowledge Society

  1. Too much information!
    There is too much information in the Information Society! Un-vetted information that is. The readiness of available information leads to circular confirmation of misinformation or misinterpretation of so-called “facts”. There are a number of indicators for this situation: information overload: people exposed to too many news sources suffer from anxiety of (a) missing something (like […]
  2. MOOCs – not so open anymore!
    This is sad news, as an e-mail notification from Santa Fe institute reached me this week saying: “Complexity Explorer has been supported by a grant to the Santa Fe Institute from the John Templeton Foundation.  This funding is nearing its end, and in order to continue supporting our online education program, we will be changing […]
  3. Learning Analytics: expectations and predictions
    I am always wary when it comes to hyping a new technology. As the recent LAK16 global conference has hinted at, Learning Analytics may just have reached the height of the Gardener hype cycle. Sure, Learning Analytics has its promises to create new insights into learning and a new basis for learner self-reflection or support […]
  4. The parent factor in HE participation
    It is one of those statistically proven facts that young people from higher educated family backgrounds are more likely to get higher educated than their peers from lower educated families. Having parents with a university degree provides students with a greater chance to succeed in HE themselves, perhaps reaching even higher levels. Such facts and […]
  5. Anti-categorising for widening access
    I always have hesitations about putting people in boxes. Although well-intended to support participation, the widening access agenda for HE supported and promoted this type of thinking. In order to help underrepresented social groups, measures were taken to support women, migrants, the disabled, people from rural backgrounds or poorer neighbourhoods, etc. The remedies were aimed […]

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