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Nigel Coutts

Local Wisdom versus Global Assessments - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    A significant shift continues to occur within global education markets. It is signified by the manner in which it makes sense to speak of a global education market. It is driven by neo-liberalism and the expansion of markets into all aspects of our lives and it is made possible by manipulation of the third messaging system within the educational triad of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. It is a drive towards accountable, comparable and productive education systems fine-tuned to maximise the return on investment and provide industry with the workforce it desires. What must be asked is how does this trend impact students and are these the forces that should be driving change in our education systems?
Naomi Orlovsky

Discussions - E-Learning For Educators-FA12-901C-2195 - Stout - 1 views

    The rules I think of I actually learned from Glen Singleton, an expert on equity related to race. I think his rules, although not created for on-line environments, still have strong application to online learners. Specifically, the rule I would promote as essential from his work is to keep posts, personal, local and immediate. The translation for this idea is that people need to be who they are and to speak from their experiences. The more strongly connected one is to what they are writing, the stronger the point comes across (just like emphasizing the importance of finding the writer's own voice). I think it has application to an online learning environment because I think that building trust in this environment is one of the hallmarks of creating a safe learning culture.
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