Paul Prinsloo thoughtful post and considerations on the World Conference on Online Learning and first key note speaker Laura Czerniewicz on “the importance of looking at pedagogy and online pedagogies, as political.”. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding distance and online learning, being the most dangerous one, that they are completely separate, therefore exclusive, and distance stops making sense. This is a dangerous separation as it stops bringing theory and practice together, they coexist and distance may encompass, face to face learning, using OERs that were downloaded using mobile devices from an online environment…unfortunately, these separation leaves us all poorer and in particular those who need the most to be creative and innovative in their practices, who are limited by lack of connectivity and prohibitive internet costs…

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Recently I’ve had the privilege of attending the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, organized and hosted by Contact North I Contact Nord. What a conference it was! At times, it resembled a medieval marketplace or bazaar with a variety of voices and opinions demanding attention. In addition, amid the noise and excitement, if one listened closely, one heard silences, things that were not said, things that were left out, or things you just missed hearing because you were at a different part of the conference.

So what did I hear? What did I somehow miss? Moreover, what did I wish I heard?

What I heard…

In our discussions about online learning, we have to put pedagogy central and first, and not technology.

The first of the five presenters in the opening plenary of the conference, Laura Czerniewicz (University of Cape Town) posed, at least for me, the most…

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