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Open Educational Resources (OER) – What’s out there?

An Introduction to OER and Directory of Major OER Repositories From information famine to information overload Over the past decade or two the Internet has transformed our access to knowledge. From being locked in the pages of physical books or

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How Open are MOOCs?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and indeed (at present) anyone may enrol in MOOCs and study free of charge at their leisure. However former British Open University Vice-Chancellor John Daniel recently complained that Coursera doesn’t make its materials available

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Peer Assessment – Pros and Pitfalls

The Role of Practice in Promoting Learning The Web is an excellent medium for presenting knowledge, whether through text or (arguably more engagingly) video lectures/tutorials. However to transform the passive reception of knowledge into real understanding it is necessary for

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Personalized Learning – A New Educational Paradigm

One of the greatest promises offered by e-learning is its potential to offer a personalized learning experience to each individual learner. In traditional learning education providers offer courses to which learners sign up. A course consists of a fixed syllabus,

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What is a Learning Technologist?

Recent years have seen a new title appearing among the job vacancy ads, that of learning/educational technologist. The terms “learning” and “educational” technologist are equivalent, with “educational” favored in North America while “learning” is preferred in Great Britain. But what

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