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F2F to Online From F2F to Online Courses – models of provision June 15, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Description, Opinion, Practice

For over 20 years I worked at the Open University (UK) which is a world leader in online distance education. Over the last few years I have had the privilege of spending time at a number of predominantly face-to-face universities in Australia that were at various stages of developing their online provision, including over the last few months when most courses went online due to COVID19. I have been struck by the vast range of different approaches to online course provision I have seen, and thought it would be useful to try to categorise them. (more…)

Worthless or Valuable? Home schooling or home education? March 26, 2020 by Guest Posted in: Opinion, Practice

By Roger Broadie

Whatever other impacts the COVID-19 virus may have on education systems, there will be a big impact on parents which is likely to change attitudes.

Children going to school has allowed parents to (more…)

COVID-19 and the future of schooling March 23, 2020 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

Around the world governments are taking action to contain the spread of COVID-19, often in ways that are quite revealing about the purposes and practices of schooling, and the scope to which unchallengeable norms in education can actually be overthrown. (more…)

Cover of Should robots replace teachers Review of ‘Should robots replace teachers?’ November 11, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Description

This book by Neil Selwyn looks at the reality and rhetoric around AI in education. It feels like an easy read but it raises a number of complex critical issues and questions that anyone involved in education or developing AI based tools should engage with. (more…)

Picture of a question mark Blog posts vs journal articles October 2, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

As an academic who is focussed on having an impact on education policy and practice I struggle with whether to concentrate on publishing in journal articles or blog posts. Do both I hear you say, but that is also problematic. Here are the issues: (more…)