Not everyone likes Khan Academy

Google supports it. Bill Gates loves it – so much so that he’s donated significant funds to it, and apparently his children are using it. It’s more popular that MIT’s Open Courseware (in terms of numbers of views, anyway). So who could possibly be unhappy with Khan Academy? Continue reading

ODL and principles of good teaching

Well, here I am happily back in Penang at Wawasan Open University. This time it’s for a longer stint than last time – about 14 weeks of workshops and associated activities.

During a session this week I tried something new (for me, anyway!). In an activity, we analysed the applicability of accepted principles of good practice in higher education to open and distance learning (ODL). Continue reading