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Recording lectures using Microsoft Lync

The recording of lectures for students to revisit after a contact session is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially relevant in South Africa where we have eleven official languages. Many of your students may not speak English as their first language and may struggle with understanding the language, never mind the concept you are trying to get across.

Posted to Adventures of a Blended Learning Techie by Shaun Meyer on 13 March 2015 11:24:33 | with 0 comments

Moodle Twitter Widget

Did you know you can display tweets from Twitter in a Moodle Block using Twitter's official Widget tool? It is possible to display tweets from a single account, from multiple accounts, your own favourite tweets or tweets based on a search such as a hashtag. You will need a Twitter account to create the Widget.

Posted to Adventures of a Blended Learning Techie by Shaun Meyer on 13 March 2015 09:28:06 | with 0 comments

On the oppressed oppressor. 


On the freedom of being oppressed. 


On the fear of the oppressor which becomes irrational and assumes a construct of its own. The oppressed constructs a narrow perception of the and his/her world.  He/she will defend this self-made construct with his/her life.  Challenging it means a shift of values and consequently identity and ontology.  He/she will cease to be him/her, be launched into an ontological dread of complete identity and ontology crises, not knowing who he/she is and what he/stands for (embodied values and self-knowledge and knowledge of the world).



My applied dialectical method is based on an ontological shift and discomfort/insecurity in order to change the undesired anti-thesis to the desired thesis and transform the desired thesis and poietically construct and  create the ontological improvement and transformation and learning and knowledge


The ontology needs to undergo creative tension and discomfort. 


The assumption that this ontological tension will lead to cycles of  reflection, action and dialogue with trusted critical friends who say the truth and are authentic.  It is not an agreeable process.


Individuals need to be made question their own beings and experience ontological crises, void and self-disgust with their lives to react, critically reflect, change and dialogue


They must be able to self-critique and self-criticise, and be very vulnerable


Here is something I put in my research101 moodle at


Worth reiterating and focusing on.  I completely agree with Fromm.  Scholarship and academic and scientific writing does not mean isolating ideas and observation from the person making them. Somebody, a person is making and developing and communicating them. It means backing ideas with evidence, or facts.  It means making significant contributions to humanity, human and the world's development and prosperity.  It means challenging and critical engagement with existing ideas, adding to them and transforming them.


Every claim must be backed up with evidence or fact, all ideas must be critically and clearly engaged with, scrutinized challenged and enquired into




If you do this, and do this well, you will have a PhD, publications and successful academic careers.


Erich Fromm 1969

page 9


Humanistic radicalism is radical questioning guided by insight into the dynamics of man’s nature; and by concern for man’s growth and full unfolding. 


In contrast to contemporary positivistic thinking it is not “objective”, if objectivity means theorizing without a passionately held aim which impels and nourishes the process of thinking.  But it is exceedingly objective, if it means that every step in the process of thinking is based on critically sifted evidenceand furthermore if it takes a critical attitude toward common-sensical premises. All this means that humanist radicalism questions every idea and every institution from the standpoint of whether it helps or hinders man’s capacity for greater aliveness and joy.


Erich Fromm. Introduction.  In

Illich, I. (1969).  Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution. London. Calder & Boyars



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