Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is another 'lessons learned' post, though the lessons are fairly minimal and limited, I would say, to the traditional course-centered perspective. Thus we read that "online and distance learning requires careful planning and new skills" and that "courses must be reviewed and redesigned." I'm an advocate of a bit less of both of those (in some cases a lot less) though this does depend a lot on the online instructor's ease and facility with digital media (I say this as someone who is really comfortable in online media and who would be really hampered by careful planning, review and redesign - I'm not putting on La Traviata, I'm explaining to someone in the moment how to use PowerPoint). That said, I totally agree with the need to rethink assessment and to provide greater flexibility (and equity) for students.

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