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January 18, 2014

Sir John Daniel’s book review of ‘Beyond the MOOC Hype’ by Jeffrey Young
Sir John Daniel, online learning & distance education resources, January 18, 2014

OK, I count this as a ringing endorsement: "he endears himself to non-American readers by being aware of developments outside his own country, a rare quality among US education journalists! He took a Manitoba cMOOC as a learner and visited the Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi to find out more about open universities."

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Media literacy tops traditional education in school smoking-prevention efforts
Unattributed, Medical News Today, January 17, 2014

This is an interesting result, I think. "While traditional anti-smoking education focuses on health effects of smoking and resisting peer and other social influences, media literacy empowers participants to analyze and evaluate portrayals of tobacco use in media." Hit students with anti-smoking messages, and it's just one more bit of propaganda. Help them with media literacy, and you've empowered them to make their own decisions - and to recognize when they're being fed more propaganda.

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