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May 17, 2012

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Foundations of Strategy, Part 3: Technology
Margaret Andrews, Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2012.

If you're watching closely, what you're seeing is a concerted attack on the traditional university model, from thinly disguised advocacy journalism calling on the government to end student support to overt proposals for the dismantling of higher education.

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#fslt12 MOOC – Week zero – discussion has started
Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, May 17, 2012.

The Change MOOC has come to an end, but if you need your weekly MOOC experience you may want to check out #fslt12 which has just started. "We have set up an Arrivals Lounge  where people can introduce themselves. And there is also a Course Questions forum, where we will try to answer any queries as soon as we can... in  the  Week 0 (Supporting Learning) area of Moodle (which is this run up week to the course), George has posted a great question to get us warmed up – 'What is Learning for you?'"

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Lee D. Ballantyne, leelearning, May 17, 2012.

"I finally finished my research study," writes Lee D. Ballantyne. "This is a summary of the outcomes: a framework for e-portfolio implementation. Full pdf paper here. The result is a good 52-page study of the subject. "Fundamental to these ideas of digital identity and a personal learning environment is the ability to create a personalised space. The benefits of personalisation are twofold. Firstly, a guiding principle behind reflective e-portfolio development – learner control – should apply to the tools learners use as well as to the content. The ability to customise the e-portfolio (process), to integrate the learner' own choice of tools (tools or systems), and, ultimately, create a digital identity (product) is incredibly important to learners. Secondly, personalisation allows learners to take responsibility for their own learning: developing metacognitive skills and promoting autonomy."

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No One Reads Online
Linda Rening, e-Learning Leadership Blog , May 17, 2012.

I supposed I should say something about the irony of a 960 word column expressing the proposition that nobody reads online, especially as I read through to the end of it (to make sure there wasn't some trick ending that would prove I hadn't read the piece - there wasn't). But the point is well-taken: "You read what you are interested in and, further, only when you are interested in it." That's why a search feature for a site like this is at least as importance as brevity, and they're both more important than adding that extra hundred words that simply must be added.

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