Stephen Fry on Linguistic Pedantry

In the words of Mr Stephen Fry: There are all kinds of pedants around with more time to read and imitate Lynne Truss and John Humphrys than to write poems, love-letters, novels and stories it seems. They whip out their Sharpies and take away and add apostrophes from public signs, shake their heads at prepositions […]

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Good and Bad eLearning

It is common, even amongst strong advocates for the use of digital technology in education, to begin any discussion of eLearning with an affirmation that the ‘e’ is an unnecessary prefix to the ‘learning.’ The most common argument is that it’s all about learning, that the technology is a mere bit player in the learning […]

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A Paean to Linearity

Carmen-Maria Hetrea, Director of the Information Architecture and Management team at Encyclopaedia Britannica, has penned an odd little piece for the Britannica blog: The Problem with Hypertext: From Annotation to Anomie. She asks the question, is Hypertext: “…an information highway or is each link simply an exit?” She explains: “As publishing electronically has progressed, hypertext […]

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Writers Teaching Writing

Euan Semple has a knack for short posts that force me to confront some assumptions. A recent one is a case in point, entitled Mass Illiteracy: Are those who espouse the primacy of face to face communication really just hiding the fact that they are illiterate? I mean this in the sense that they are […]

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