Monthly Archives: April 2013

#ocTEL – why shouldn’t students with less than ideal ICT skills study online.

Hi, I appreciate it can be frustrating to try and understand the learning experience from the perspective of the student. I have many years experience too, meeting students who enrol for an online distance learning course. Our students have varying

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#ocTEL Understanding Learners’ Needs – Week Two in the course

Week Two of the ocTEL course and this week the material is looking at the needs of learners. I find this an interesting yet challenging topic because it is so diverse. It is however, probably the most important aspect of

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#ocTEL Socrates and Emergent Learning Models

Week One is only half way through, and already my brain is starting to hurt! I’m more of a practical person than a theorist, and easily get lost in articles and debates about theory. It reminds me of when I

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#oCTEL MOOCs or Serious Gamification

In week one of the oCTEL course, we’ve been asked to look at a couple of examples of learning methods and comment on them and decide which one you think is more powerful and relevant for you. First I selected

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North

A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North.

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#oCTEL Networking with thousands of new people – yikes!

One of the potential benefits of taking a MOOC is that it brings an opportunity to network and learn from hundreds, potentially thousands of people. I think the terminology is ‘social learning’ and follows in part the rhizome effect that

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My Big Question

So what’s my Big Question? Selecting just one question from a head full of many is quite challenging in itself, and much depends on the context I suppose. As I work in public health, I’ll take that as my context.

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Getting Started

Hello, my name is Roger Harrison and I am a senior lecturer on a fully online distance learning course in public health at University of Manchester, UK (www.manchester.ac.uk/mph). I’ve been a course unit leader and tutor on this programme for

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