Is e-learning failing in higher education?

Tony Bates, Weblog, Jun 17, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Bates notes, "The World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Committee on Technology and Education at its meeting in Dubai (November, 2008) commented: 'Education is in a state of transition from a traditional model to one where technology plays an integral role. However, technology has not yet transformed education.'" Perhaps not, but one wonders whether that is the fault of educational technology, or whether that is the fault of governments and entities like the World Economic Forum. Because from where I sit, far from the seat of power, I see a lot of transformation and change, but also, a lot of resistance and caterwauling from the top. he writes, "Terry Anderson commented in his blog that he was saddened by Canada's 'lost decade in e-learning'." From my perspective, in my work, it has been a very productive decade. Yes, I understand the concerns being raised by Bates - but in the analysis to follow, let's look at all sides in the discussion.
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