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How a postgraduate course in open and distance learning was taught a decade ago (2001)

In a box in a garage where we ‘dumped’ stuff when we moved house nearly five years ago I found a collection of no fewer than 14 books and a DVD that made up an early module of what was called, in 2001, the ‘Masters in Open & Distance Learning’. With months before my next and final module of the MAODE 2012/2013 it might make interesting to see how ideas have developed. Much of the content is based on thinking and development from the 1990s which makes it even further off the edge of relevance today.

In relation to ‘learning’ itself, it is necessary to draw on a century of studies, from Vygotsky and Dewey 90 years ago.

Attitudes and expectations regarding online learning should make for interesting reading. I always find that despite the academic credentials of the authors there is often gushing enthusiasm for new possibilities which will sweep all before them.

One book I bought at the time, I still refer to, Jackob Neilsen ‘Web Usability’. I also find/found ‘Web-Based Learning’ which was a highly practical guide to ‘doing stuff’ online of value.

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