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  1. glen
    August 27, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    Great post, Colin. I’d add that in the situation you first describe, the West Coast students are also at a disadvantage in their ability to narrow the content to suit their own specific learning needs. If someone has already posted on a topic that’s relevant to my life/work, that I’m centering my academic pursuits around…again I’m SOL.

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    • Colin
      August 27, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

      Very good point, Glen! Thanks for pointing that out. The idea of learner agency is of critical importance to encouraging deeper approaches. Students need to be encouraged to personalize their learning and the best way to do that is for them to relate the content to another idea that is relevant to them. When the topic is taken, personalization becomes strained and agency is reduced or eliminated.

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