Re-baselining jargon

Ireland“… Universities are also notoriously fond of jargon, and like most jargon users often don’t realise they are even doing it. We often bombard school leavers with marketing talk that includes ‘modular’, ‘continuous assessment’, ‘dissertation’, ‘learning outcomes and the like – not to mention a whole mountain of incomprehensible acronyms like APEL (‘accreditation of prior learning’, if you must know – and don’t ask me why the ‘E’ is there…). And if you get on to a university committee, if you’re not familiar with the jargon you might as well switch off, because none of it will make any sense whatsoever …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 April]

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