Online Learning Update

March 2, 2012

Meme-ifying Online Learning Advocacy

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed

Now four lecturers at the University of Edinburgh are trying a different advocacy tack — one more suited to the viral culture of the modern Web. The Edinburgh lecturers, who teach in an e-learning master’s degree program at the university, have written a “Manifesto for Teaching Online” that looks less like a traditional academic paper than an exceptionally wordy bumper sticker. It contains provocative assertions — “Distance is a positive principle, not a deficit,” “The best online courses are born digital,” “Place is differently, not less, important online” — set against a black backdrop and punctuated by colorful asterisks.

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