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Sunday, April 29, 2007

The case for OA learning environments

Kenneth Mentor, Open Access Learning Environments, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Spring 2007.  (Thanks to William Walsh.)  Excerpt from the abstract:

Educational institutions are increasingly adopting “closed” learning environments that hide learning materials in password-protected areas. While this may be a logical solution to a range of problems, much is lost in this mode of course delivery. Although there are logical reasons for moving toward closed environments, we may be erring too far on the side of caution. Educators and administrators are encouraged to consider the advantages of alternative models that respect the need for privacy while opening learning opportunities to a wider population....

Issues related to technology are at the forefront, often to the extent that we may forget the primary objective - teaching and learning. This may be a temporary memory lapse....