Manifesto for teaching online

Various authors, University of Edinburgh, Feb 27, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

An interesting manifesto for teaching online (and - oddly - not a manifestofor learning online) has been posted by "teachers and researchers in online education. University of Edinburgh MSc in E-learning 2011." There's a video that goes with it. Jim Shimabukuro comments, "The basic assumption is that onground and online are fundamentally different and that whereas approaches to one are well established, approaches to the other aren’t precisely because little or no effort is being made to fully understand the differences." Harry Keller, meanwhile, points to what he calls "a disturbing subtext": "The statements suggest an active and strong group of people opposing online distance learning in a variety of ways." Yes, there shouldn't be such opposition - but there is.
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