Online University Scheme Hangs in Balance

Guardian, Jun 08, 2001
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What is not mentioned in the article - but what I witnessed first hand at anti-Universitas21 demonstrations in Australia - is that Universitas21 is a flashpoint for people worried about the commodification and increasingly corporate nature of education. Universitas21's surface problems may have to do with money, as the article suggests, but it has a much deeper problem, one it shares with many similar ventures (indeed, the whole online learning community is tarred with this same brush): image.
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