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by Stephen Downes
February 16, 2014

Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v3)
Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey, Personalize Learning, February 16, 2014

Updated version of this chart diagramming the transition from traditional learning to personalized learning, based on feedback received from their course on the subject. Basically it maps the progression from dependence on a teacher and learning environment to independence of the learner and involvement of the wider community. I don't like the use of Slideshare to present the document; you can create perfectly good tables in HTML.

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Thinking about the Pipeline
Athene Donald, Athene Donald's Blog, February 16, 2014


This diagram should give anyone thinking a PhD leads to a career as a professor some cause for doubt. It does lead to such a carrer - being a necessary condition for employment - but only for about one person in 200. The rest go on to careers in government, in industry, or in another field altogether. "The time to start thinking about what next is very early on in the PhD, in order to give oneself time to explore one’s skills, strengths and weaknesses." Me, I have always had other projects on the go - my academic studies only every occupied maybe 25% of my attention. Even while studying philsophy, I was messing around with computers, writing and editing newspapers, being a political activist, and teaching a variety of subjects. Develop an academic depth, yes, but develop a trade too.

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