Climate Change

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Hello all

My name is Ashok Bali and I am an Instructional Designer for NISL. I prepared Chapter 2 of trhe Biodiversity course. I am based at UWC and my involvement in this course was to provide you with the video narration for the videos that you have seen. I hope that the course is going well and wish you all the best.



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    By Blogger Karen Marais, at August 30, 2006 9:27 AM  

  • Do course designers have any obligation in reading the course blogs? This is not meant to target you, but a question in general... This blog has been very frustrating to me as I have had almost no response to all my postings? Is there anyone out there reading them???? I would have welcomed ANY response, even one's telling me I am writing cr.... At least I would then know someone has been reading them!

    By Blogger Karen Marais, at August 30, 2006 9:30 AM  

  • Hi Karen

    We are having some problems with our internet connection which may prevent some postings. In general though, I think you may assume that no comment means that no discussion ideas have occurred to your reader and also that your readers have (at least provisionally) agreed with what you have written. I have to own that to make intelligent comments, I need to read the articles concerned in the posts... an aspect that I do need to work on. Should you have a particular point that you feel should be further discussed, you could try adding a comment yourself to get the ball rolling.

    By Blogger Gwen, at August 30, 2006 10:05 AM  

  • Hi Karen

    I can confirm that the last 8 attempts to post either a comment or to change something on the page has resulted in a lost Internet connection. The last month we have virtually had no Internet access whatsoever. This has been de-motivating for us on this side. This is now my fourth attempt to post this comment!

    The intention of the blog was to be a dialogue between yourselves and as instructors we direct that through the structure of the course. Nick has certainly tried to provide feedback in the Conservation Biology. Remember - it is 10 time more work to develop than take a course - so think how much you are doing and multiply by that factor and you will appreciate that there is a lot of work, even without an unstable Internet connection. Yesterday Ashok tried three times to put his introduction up and then it got triplicated. Further think how long it took for you to prepare and do the voice over for your ONE Invasive Presentation - this year alone some THIRTY presentations with Voice Overs! Also our funders required that we present courses immediately without time to prepare and plan them beforehand, this of course was the opposite of efficiency. Finally NISL is still in the verification stage to develop best practise eLearning, so its a new territory with lots of learning for all and consequently I spend a lot of time rendering assisstance to developers and students alike plus the responsibility of running the Computer Lab and our Servers.


    By Blogger Rich Knight, at August 30, 2006 11:03 AM  

  • Hi Richard
    I am sorry if I touched on a tender spot. This wasn't ment at criticizing your work. I do realize how overworked you are and I take my hat off to you for managing so much!!! It was a general comment concerning the climate change blog. Gwen and Nick have done a wonderful job in conservation biology by regularly commenting on postings.

    By Blogger Karen Marais, at August 30, 2006 2:45 PM  

  • Hi Karen

    I do take your point, and I will try an get comments through, so please keep them posted.

    By Blogger Rich Knight, at August 30, 2006 10:28 PM  

  • jammer man, ek hou lekker vakansie by die huis! ek het net kom in loer op die blog of iemand al iets geskryf het!

    By Anonymous bentley, at September 09, 2006 9:14 PM  

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