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Stephen Downes

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Responding to Alex Usher's argument from a few days ago George Veletsianos argues that instead of creating a whole bunch of digital content, we should be providing professional development. Which sounds like a good idea, but when you look at his proposal, it's just more content. "Develop a teaching and learning online curriculum," he writes. "Create a 4-week common online course." Ot's a course that will get complex in a hurry: "while there may be some centralization in the design of the course, this needs to encompasses smaller-scale work and collaboration." Veletsianos's one course would fail for the same reason Usher's many courses would fail, and for the same reasons. There's no shortage of content - we don't need a new online course.

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