If working with academics is like trying to herd cats ...
Poppy One of the feral campus cats looked after by the Campus Cat Coalition
Jack and Jill My pets. 2 of 5 kittens found in a garage. Adopted at 16 weeks. House- trained, desexed, and very affectionate.
Pedigree cats are suffering from life-threatening diseases and deformities caused by inbreeding, vets and animal welfare experts have warned. Telegraph, UK, 2009 Well bred carefully designed pedigrees
<ul><li>There will always be locally developed ‘quick fix’ educational software on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity and duplication leads to more robust flexible solutions and allows for discipline-specific optimization of tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Selective adoption and integration of locally developed software is the fastest way for the overall system to adapt to change. </li></ul><ul><li>Local software development costs much less than centrally planned ‘pedigree’ solutions. </li></ul>Arguments for supporting ‘feral’ online learning tools
Local developments supporting adaptation in institutional systems
<ul><li>Quality control is replaced by trial and error along with selection. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can become confused by multiple systems – and staff even more so. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s hard to plan institution-wide support systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap fast changes may not provide economies of scale. </li></ul>On the other hand...
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