[LINK] Education on-line for development
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Sep 29 08:59:08 EST 2011
On 27/09/11 17:05, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>> I will be talking about "Education on-line for development" at the The
>> Sixth Annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum ANU Remote Hub,
>> Australian National University in Canberra, 3pm, 29 September 2011 ...
> Reads well, Tom.
Thanks. Some has recommended "The Commonwealth of Learning" (COL), set
up by Commonwealth countries for e-learning in developing nations. Does
anyone have experience of their work?
Also there are:
1. Wikiversity: http://en.wikiversity.org
2. Flat Classroom Project: http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/About
Are there any other initiatives of note?
One key to on-line education is open access to materials. A debate on
this is currently taking place at University of Canberra:
ANU has an open access policy for scholarly publishing:
International students could start their studies on-line and before
they come to Australia. As well as being a useful marketing technique,
this would reduce some of the administrative problems:
> Also perhaps of interest to yourself, other linkers, and/or students ..
> ... Virtual Worlds for Academic, Organizational and Life-Long Learning ...
I am not a fan of virtual worlds for learning. The implementations, such
as Second Life, seem to take a very literal interpretation of what a
virtual world is, assuming it has to look and work like the real world.
The worst I have seen are 3D representations of a "library", as a
building full of paper books and card catalogs, when real libraries are
ps: Also I find it disturbing the avatars which some librarians choose.
I expect a librarian to be in a tweed suit, not a slinky nightclub
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