Archives for the month of: March, 2016

To hope and new possibilities… “As we’ve seen with the horrific experience of jelly babies, sometimes, women give birth to the traumas they’ve experienced. And sometimes, if given support (and even sometimes without it) they give birth to a new life, to fresh possibilities. For this International Women’s Day, I celebrate the resilience and strength of our Marshallese women.”

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

*originally published on The Elders website to coincide with a blog post by Mary Robinson, former Ireland president and climate activist, for International Women’s Day. 

Here in the Marshall Islands, International Women’s Day immediately follows a national holiday. On March 1, Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day commemorates the legacy of US nuclear testing on our islands. As these two events collide, I find myself wrestling with connections between gender, international power, nuclear legacies, climate change, and lost land.

From 1946 to 1968, 67 nuclear weapons were detonated, which is the equivalent of 1.7 Hiroshima bombs being exploded daily for 12 years in terms of radiation exposure. Just the Bravo shot alone, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, was 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

Women disproportionally bear the burden of the trauma their society has been exposed to – in this case, they bear the burden…

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I´ve been thinking how this concept – collaborative learning – has different meaning for us, and in different situations, concept and in other cultures, how wide is this concept? And what does it mean to me. Earlier, during my time as a student at the university, I haven´t thought so much about working collaborative, maybe I don´t like it, cause I more like to work individually, and there always are those who works and those who don´t work when it comes to collaborative working or group work. So, what´s the meaning of working in groups? Others will get approved without doing anything, just passive participation and not take part in the group as an active member, just for the credits for the actual course, for getting ready with the whole education. BUT the more I read about teamwork, collaborative work, working in couples I begin to see the effort and…

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Registration available for a webinar March 10

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Achieving the Dream (ATD) has announced the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, an opportunity for public two-year colleges in the U.S. and Canada to apply for funding  to develop OER-based degrees to increase completion rates and access by involving faculty in redesigning courses and degree programs using open educational resources.

Achieving the Dream, Community Colleges CountAn OER-based degree, sometimes referred to as a Zero-Textbook-Cost degree, is a pathway to a degree or credential with no textbook costs because all the courses have been redesigned to use  open educational resources (OER) for instructional materials. OER-based degrees have been gaining in popularity over the last few years particularly at community colleges where students can save 25% or more on the cost of attendance.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has been a leader in developing OER-based degrees with Tidewater Community College and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) each offering these degrees.  Early research has shown that their students enrolled in these pathways are doing as…

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Fantastic rant on the Educational charlatan (in Spanish). Worth being discussed and reflected upon…


Por Javiera @jatenas , Nico @nicoschongut y Carlos @CarlosRuz_F

El charlatán educacional o iactator pedagogus grandiloquus como los definía Cicerón en el siglo IV DC, es un personaje inmerso en el mundo de la educación desde el inicio de los tiempos, es más, se han encontrado frases inspiradoras sobre educación en la cueva de Altamira en las cuales el charlatán le dice a los profesores de la prehistoria cómo deben enseñar a cazar mamuts siendo ellos los primeros vegetarianos de la humanidad.

Dicen los libros de historia, que en la magna Grecia los filósofos como Sócrates, Platón y Aristóteles eran repelidos del ágora a piedrazos por los chalatanes gurúes del conocimiento, argumentando que ellos no tenían un blog, ni suficientes seguidores en twitter, ni eran CEO de una empresa de tecnología educativa y por lo tanto, su filosofía y pedagogía no era válida al no poder demostrar liderazgo en…

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“One black South African scholar said to me, “we thought America was fixed!” I took away that none of us is “fixed” but that many of us, across contexts, are trying.” and this is a common situation across geographies…and what is really “fixed”? what does it mean?


The International Conference on Open and Distance Education was hosted by the University of South Africa this month. Paul Prinsloo put together a truly remarkable set of keynote addresses and invited me to present the opening keynote. I have more than a few reflections, many of which are probably beyond the scope of a post but here we go.

Tressie McMIllan Cottom, Opening Keynote, ICDE UNISA 2015, South Africa Tressie McMIllan Cottom, Opening Keynote, ICDE UNISA 2015, South Africa

First, let me tell you something. You know how folks seem physically incapable of hosting an event that has any women or non-white people in positions of expertise? Paul and the ICDE organizing committee at UNISA made it look easy.

Not only were the majority of the keynotes women but they hailed from within and beyond the academy, at all academic ranks, from a diversity of viewpoints and disciplines, and came from around the world. And this wasn’t a “diversity” panel or…

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