Learned Luddites

Taken from The Economist: Headline: Many professors are hostile to online education. Article: Some people hope that the internet will revolutionise higher education, making it cheaper and more accessible to the masses. Others fear the prospect. Some academics worry that they will be sacked and replaced by videos of their more photogenic colleagues. Others argue… Read More


MOOC Courses: Weeks 2 & 3

Course 01: Nutrition & Physical Activity for Health Weeks 2 & 3. What we have learned so far: Week 2, Module 3: Macronutrient Considerations, Carbohydrates. Week 2, Module 4: Macronutrient Considerations, Proteins. Week 3, Module 5: Macronutrient Considerations, Fats. Week 3, Module 6: Vitamins. I did not fully appreciate just how much I had either… Read More


Well I am now on day three of my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). I am enrolled on two courses: Nutrition & Physical Activity for Health (University of Philadelphia, started Mon 15 Jul); and Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within (University of Melbourne, started Mon 22 Jul). Both courses last for 6 weeks and… Read More

Putting Learning in Collective Hands: A New Democracy?

This article looks at the democratisation of learning and the importance of this in an era of technological advances and high-speed innovation and change. Collaborative learning, where two or more people learn together to share knowledge and good practice can help spark innovation, break down silos and boundaries and open up the process of both… Read More