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authentic engagement at the best prices

This article Authentic Engagement of Adult Learners in Online Learning, could open up some interesting discussions in TWWT. It touches on the need for (and how to provide) human, social contact ih DE, and how to set up authentic, academic engagement, and why. For this, the article is worth a look.

But one of the more interesting points is this conception of studentdom on which much of their concluding discussion rests

Twigg (1998) joins a chorus of observers claiming that ultimate victory in education’s intensifying competition for students will depend on the relative quality of teaching and instructional design, irrespective of delivery mode. She describes a universe where learners have increasing options to choose the learning experiences that suit their needs. In such a world, Twigg suggests, only the best learning experiences offered at attractive prices will survive sharp market competition. Ely (1996) declares that the adoption of distance education should be driven by carefully assessed educational needs…

“The best learning experiences … at attractive prices” suggests just how far “authentic engagement” can slip. Discuss.

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obligatory cat photo

As expected –

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2004 blog postings lost

I’ve given up trying to recover blog postings I made using pmachine (2004 – 5). I extracted them from the mysql database into a text file, but text would have to be concatenated, images replaced, everything reposted… Too much trouble for too little return. The photos of Blue are on .Mac for now. But I’ll move forward rather than trying to step back.

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test post

For a moment, all the posts on this blog disappeared. I found them in the mysql database, and they were the only data from the database that wasn’t being placed correctly on the page. All this in Safari – even after restarting Apache. But when I viewed the blog with IE, all was well.

Might have been a php call failure followed by a refusal to purge the browser cache. Or gremlins.

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blue at seven months

I’m trying to bring the pmachine database back to life. While we wait, here’s Blue at seven months.

Blue at seven months

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yet again

I’ve moved, for the third time. The old blog is in a mysql database on a backup somewhere, and I’m going to try to recover it. But easy come, easy go.