Review of The State of e-Learning in Canada: or life in a parallel universe

Tony Bates, e-learning & distance education resources, Jun 11, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More on the Canadian Council on Learning's disappointing report on the state of learning in anada (and, you know, I haven't heard anything back from CCL on the welt of criticism that followed its release. Tony Bates writes, with vigor, "The CCL loves rankings (it has produced a Composite Learning Index to measure how well a nation learns), but if you are going to do rankings, you'd better have damned good evidence on which to base the rankings. However, since the CCL report did not produce any justifiable quantitative data about the extent of e-learning in Canada compared with any other country, how can it come to the conclusion that Canada is going to hell in a handbasket with respect to e-learning?" There's more; I quoted the tame stuff.
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