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Stephen Downes

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So what does Gardner Campbell mean when he talks about integrity in online learning? "Learning is not simply information delivery. It's not just a transaction. It shouldn't be 'Okay, I'm here; load me up.' Instead, as a student and class member, you are building your own capacity to learn and engaging with others so they also build their capacities to learn. We used to call this 'learning how to learn,' but I think it's even bigger than that. And the integrity of the learning moment is how, through the presence of the class — all present with each other — every student may build on their own capacity to learn." It's hard for me not to say that this isn't just rebranding 'presence' as 'integrity'. But I have no doubt of Campbell's authenticity here.

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