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Internet Learning

Internet Learning

Abstract

In this article, the Manifesto for Teaching Online, a document created through an iterative process by students and teachers in the MScC in E-learning Programme at the University of Edinburgh, is presented. The goal of the Manifesto is to provoke discussion, and to “rethink some of the orthodoxies and unexamined truisms” (Ross, 2012) surrounding the field of online teaching. Written in the style of a manifesto (or even a meme, discussed below) the Scottish document purposefully eschews formal learning theory or traditional research. Each point of the Manifesto is “deliberately interpretable”, underlining its authors’ roles as provocateurs (Ross, 2012). This article discusses both pros and cons of the Manifesto, but ultimately embraces the notion that intellectual activity which prompts questions and illuminates paradigms is a positive good.

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