Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 21/02/2007

Review 1: Strategic Use of Digital Learning Resources in Designing E-Lessons by Myint Swe Khine


Head or Heart 

Does the title conjure expectations more than it delivers or is there a reader’s perspective that affects how it is received?  Is it all dependent on the mood of the reader at the time of acquiring that piece of information without any thought to the author, who may have struggled to compose?


Are we so driven by our senses that we “feel” the read rather than read with our mind?   The script, the site, the page and the words in a blog, what is it that makes a good read, as opposed to the quick exit?  That would lead me to ask how much attention should be paid to the ratio between hits and comment.  Surely opening a line of communication is the key to the success of any blogger.


It would be appropriate to accept that I have neither the right, knowledge or authority to critically review this document, however I must, in order to progress with the Multimedia Communication Level M course (Hemis Number U13218).

Perhaps I should register my reluctance or is it fear, of putting my thoughts in this blog.  Because just as I am able, quite easily to make my subjective judgements, so to will the rest of the readership make judgements of me.

Pain or Pleasure

I found the title long winded and the word, “strategic” did not appear to add anything specific to the contents.  I did find the title inviting, in that I would be able to acquire a new skill or find a new direction. 


The document also appears to be a “cut and paste” assembly with grammatical and spelling mistakes thus making it a pain rather than a pleasure.


Reference is made to Tapscott’s (1998) shifts of changing patterns from linear to hypermedia; unless you’ve read Tapscott there is no explanation of how that differentiation has occurred.

There are also two different concepts within the same paragraph quoting Mayer (2001) but not in support of Tapscott.


There are theories developed by Scott P.[1] or Schön Donald A.[2] et al, but this document does not appear to take into account.

Verbs & Conjunctions.

I found it irritating that the author/proof reader did not have a grasp of language and communication when it was a document on teaching. Should the context of the environment have been taken into account, especially, in the one click dimension of e-learning (e.g. 2nd page. 1st paragraph….The module provides… )


As a reader I lost interest very quickly and the mind conjures derogatory comments about the author, which is not fair. The subject of learning and teaching is still evolving[3] and if it is true that experts are trying to find the best means for a classroom scenario how much more should E-Learning pay heed to the vagaries of audience participation.  

The emphasis of this document is on the process as a tool, rather than the product as a means of communication.

As the saying goes “any fool can criticise condemn and complain and most fools do”.  Do I fulfil that quote? I may not want to, but once uttered it is up to the reader to decide.

  Word count: 541  

Higher Education Reforms, Falmer Press, 2000,  [2] Donald Alan, 1930: “Beyond theStable
State: Public and Private Learning in a Changing Society”

 Edwards, R., Changing Places? Flexibility, Lifelong Learning and a Learning Society, Routledge, 1997

Multimedia Communication Level M.                Hemis Number U13218                                               Word Count: 541

Review 1 for assessment.                                         IP of Cam50148                                                             21/02/2007


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